Disability Services

Services to Residents with Disabilities

The Wilmette Park District is a partner with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). Formed in 1970, NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago and provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. NSSRA offers recreation, sport, cultural, social, and leisure programs and events available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction of being the first Special Recreation Association in the country.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to try something new. This means you have the opportunity to participate in any one of NSSRA’s nearly 600 annual programs, or that you have the opportunity to participate in one of the Wilmette Park District’s programs with the assistance of an NSSRA Inclusion companion. Click here to view the current NSSRA Program Guide.

Inclusion Services
Wilmette Park District program Inclusion services are available to residents with special needs at no additional cost to the family. Inclusion services may include, when necessary, staff training, program modifications/adaptations, modified equipment and program observations. Click here for detailed inclusion information.

Reasons to Request Inclusion Services

  • A parent or family member recognizes that a participant would benefit from additional support in a Wilmette Park District program.
  • Wilmette Park District staff identifies a need for additional support, for safety and programmatic reasons, and communicates this need to the family.

Requesting Inclusion Services
When registering for a Wilmette Park District program for the first time:

  • Mark the accommodation section of the registration form to indicate that the participant will require assistance from NSSRA.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, the Wilmette Park District will contact you to discuss the type of Inclusion support needed for the participant.
  • The Wilmette Park District will provide NSSRA with an Inclusion request that contains both program and participant information.
  • You will be contacted by NSSRA to discuss the needs of the participant and get input on the type of support required.
  • NSSRA will work with the Wilmette Park District to put the necessary Inclusion accommodations in place for participation in the desired program(s).
  • Communication between you, NSSRA, and Wilmette Park District staff continues throughout the Inclusion process.

For more information regarding Wilmette Park District Inclusion services contact:
Carol Heafey 
Recreation Program Manager
847-256-9692
cheafey@wilpark.org

Meggan Davies
Recreation Manager for Inclusion
847- 509-9400 x 6828
mdavies@nssra.org

For more information about Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) go to http://www.nssra.org/

NSSRA
3105 MacArthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
847- 509-9400

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