SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS

AND INFORMATION

 

The Chicago area has several organizations that provide social/recreational activities.  These services are offered to individuals of all ages with special needs including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, hearing or visual limitations, and cognitive disabilities.  In addition to the agencies listed below, consider the fact that many local park districts also provide recreational opportunities, with support if necessary.

 

 PARENTS AND INDIVIDUALS SHOULD CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO CONTACTING RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS AND PROGRAMS:

 

Do you have a targeted time for recreational activities?

         Summer

         Evenings

         Vacation periods

         Throughout the year

 

What types of recreational activities are you in search of for your child?

         Large group, small group, and/or individual activities

         Community-based activities

         On-site activities

         Organized activities

         Flexible activities

         Physical activities

         Creative activities

         Integrated activities

 

What are the goals for joining a recreation program?

         Develop new friendships

         Become involved in the community

         Increase social skills

         Learn new recreational skills

 

What type of transportation can do provide your child?

         Self transport (child drives)

         Ride from family or friend

         Taxi or public transportation

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK AGENCIES PROVIDING RECREATION

         What is the targeted age group?

         What is the targeted population (i.e., level of disability)?

         Do you offer types of transportation services?  If so, do I need to pay?

         Do you offer integrated programs?

         What are your fees?  What do they include?  Do you offer financial assistance programs?

         How much supervision is provided at activities?

         Typically, how many participants attend events?

         What times of the day do you offer programs?  What times of the year do you offer programs?

         Are there residential boundaries for participants in your programs?

         Can you send me a newsletter or bulletin from your organization regarding incoming events?

 

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AGENCIES PROVIDING RECREATIONAL SERVICES:

 

 Ray Graham Association - Hanson Center

 Gateway Special Recreation Association

Horsemanship Program

Cultural Arts

Morris Service Dog Program

New Horizons

15W431 59th St.

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Phone: (630) 325-3857

www.ray-graham.org

 

 

Areas Served: 

Burr Bridge, Hinsdale, Old Brook Park District, Willowbrook, Countryside, Pleasant Dale, Elmhurst, Westchester

 

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Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA)

 

Club A.S.P.I.RE Day Program

(Adults Seeking Their Potential In Recreation)

 

770 W. Centennial Place

Addison, IL 60101

Phone: (630) 620-4500 or (630) 620-7477 (TDD)

www.nedsra.com

 

Areas Served:   

Addison, Bensenville, Lombard, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Medinah, Oakbrook Terrace, Schiller Park, Villa Park, Wood Dale, Butterfield Park District

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Southeast Association for Special Parks and Recreation (SEASPAR)

4500 Belmont

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 960-1144

www.seaspar.org

 

Areas Served:

Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Westmont, Woodridge, Clarendon Hills, Village of Indian Head Park , LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Village of Western Springs

 

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Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

Adult Day Program

Disability Awareness

Special Events & Trips

Social Clubs

Cultural Arts

Athletics

 

116 N. Schmale

Carol Stream, IL  60188

Phone: (630) 681-0962 / Fax:  (630) 681-1262

www.wdsra.com

 

Areas Served:

Glen Ellyn, Naperville, West Chicago, Wheaton, Bloomingdale, Winfield, Warrenville, Roselle, Carol Stream

 

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Trips, Inc.

 

PO Box 10885

Eugene, Oregon 97440

1-800-686-1013

 

Areas Served:

U.S.A.

 

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