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WHAT IS WSSRA?
The West Suburban Special Recreation Association is formed by 9 park districts and 2 villages who work together to serve the recreation needs of their residents who have disabilities.

Through WSSRA, residents of all ages can participate in year round programming specifically designed to meet their individual needs.

What Is WSSRA?WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WSSRA SERVICES?
Residents of partner communities who have a disability or handicapping condition are eligible for WSSRA services. Services are available for preschoolers, school aged children, teens, young adults and senior citizens that live in the following partner communities:

  • Berwyn Park District
  • Hawthorne Park District
  • Clyde Park District
  • Norridge Park District
  • Village of Elmwood Park
  • North Berwyn Park District
  • Park District of Forest Park
  • Park District of Oak Park
  • Park District of Franklin Park
  • River Forest Park District
  • Village of Harwood Heights

WSSRA offers programs for persons with a wide range of disabilities and handicapping conditions. This includes individuals who have:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Hearing Impairments
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Learning Disabilities
  • Autism Mental Impairments
  • Behavior Difficulties Mental Illness
  • Developmental Delays Multiple Impairments
  • Down Syndrome Physical Impairments
  • Epilepsy Visual Impairments

WHO LEADS THE PROGRAMS?
Because our participants often have unique needs, our full time staff includes Recreation Specialists, all of whom have degrees in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field. They are responsible for the planning and implementation of our programs. We also hire part time and seasonal employees, as well as volunteers to assist in programs. Participants receive individualized supervision up to a 1:1 ratio when necessary.

ARE THERE PROGRAM FEES?
Fees charged for programs are comparable to those charged in regular park district or recreation department programs. Additional fees are charged for transportation. what is wssra?WSSRA does not want the cost of a program to prevent participation. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Association staff work with outside funding sources as well.

WHAT TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED?
Our programs reflect the mood and the activities of the changing seasons. Age-appropriate recreation opportunities are designed to meet the individual needs of each participant. Over 65 weekly programs and special events are offered each season.

The variety of programs include:

  • Arts& Crafts Athletics
  • Dance Games
  • Social Clubs Toy Lending (Lekotek)
  • Bowling Day Camps/Away Camps
  • Music Special Olympics
  • Community Trips Fitness
  • Skill Development Swim
  • Trips

WSSRA also offers special events and family activities throughout the year.

WHEN ARE PROGRAMS?
WSSRA wants to ensure that leisure opportunities are available when other services, such as work and school are not. Programs for school aged children are offered after school and on weekends. Teen and adult programs are usually offered in the evenings and on weekends. Programs are offered during the day and evening for adults with sensory, mobility, mental health and developmental impairments.

WHERE ARE PROGRAMS?
Programs are conducted in over 75 community settings including recreation facilities, pools, parks, fitness clubs, art studios, schools, museums, andwhat is wssra? churches. WSSRA strives to provide programs in centralized locations that are as close to home and school as possible. We recreate in all the places persons without disabilities go to have fun. Because WSSRA is an extension of the partner communities, we hold many of our programs in park district/village facilities.

PARTICIPATION IN WSSRA PROGRAMS WILL:

  • Foster social development
  • Provide opportunity for satisfaction
  • Enable social acceptance
  • Teach new activity skills
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Improve fitness
  • Foster independence
  • Develop motor skills
  • Increase communication
  • Improve cooperation
  • Improve self-control
  • Provide role modeling
  • Reduce depression
  • Foster family unity
  • Develop new friendships

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH WSSRA?
WSSRA provides indirect services including consultation with other agencies serving special populations, and information and referral for participants to other agencies. WSSRA also offers several cooperative recreational programs with local agencies serving persons with disabilities.

WSSRA is committed to providing new and challenging recreation experiences for persons who have a disability. You have a choice to participate in your local park district or recreation department programs as well as WSSRA programs. For more information, please contact the WSSRA Inclusion Coordinator, at 847.455.2100.

WSSRA WELCOMES YOUR SUPPORT
WSSRA needs donations of time, talent and treasure! Financial donations help WSSRA fund scholarships and quality programming. Inkind donations support “everything” from sport uniforms to newsletters. Volunteers give their time and energy to make a difference. Please use the attached clip out form to send your donation or to request information about WSSRA giving opportunities.

 

 

 
 
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