NWSRA Announces Expansion
Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) recently unveiled its plans for expanding programming space to serve the physical, social, emotional and recreational needs of children and adults with disabilities. As a partnership of 17 Northwest suburban park districts, NWSRA provides innovative recreational programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. This year, NWSRA will open its sixth recreational programming space in cooperation with the Hoffman Estates Park District at historic Vogelei House, at 650 W. Higgins Road, in Hoffman Estates.
NWSRA Executive Director Tracey Crawford stated, "We truly appreciate the outstanding partnership of the Hoffman Estates Park District's board and staff to collaboratively improve the lives of individuals who need services throughout the Northwest suburbs."
Through the expansion of programming space in collaboration with partner park districts, current and future NWSRA sites will provide a diverse range of recreational options. Certified staff will provide the tools and leadership for individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal goals, including social skills, community integration, health & wellness, sensory integration and more.
"We have many donors, advocates, families, friends, staff and volunteers and community organizations committed to the idea that children and adults with disabilities should have access to safe and innovative recreational programming within their communities. They are truly the heart of the community,"Crawford added.
The new location will also host the sixth PURSUIT Community Day Program, to be opened Spring 2022. As a collaborative program between Clearbrook and NWSRA, the PURSUIT Community Day Program provides continued growth through enriching recreational activities. Currently, Clearbrook and NWSRA host the PURSUIT Community Day Program in Buffalo Grove, Hanover Park, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling. The program has received much fanfare from the community, and currently has a waiting list that highlights the success of program while making the need for additional services evident.
The fundraising arm of NWSRA, Special Leisure Services Foundation, continues to invite partners and sponsors to assist in the procurement of funding to complete the revitalization project. Any individuals, businesses or organizations who may wish to partner toward this historic endeavor, may contact Cathy Splett, Superintendent of Development at (847) 392-2848, or e-mail email@example.com.
It has been reported that throughout the nation, one out of 10 individuals has a disability, and over 79% of individuals with disabilities reported barriers to physical activity in spite of legislative requirements and existing accommodations.
NWSRA Superintendent of Recreation Andrea Griffin stated, "We are extremely grateful to our collaborative partners including the Hoffman Estates Park District and Clearbrook for making this dream a reality."
Through the collective efforts of donors, volunteers and advocates, accessible recreation that is integral to the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in the Northwest suburbs will be made possible.