Welcome to WDSRA!
WDSRA is THE place for engaging community-based social & recreational programs for individuals of all ages with special needs. Our expert staff is dedicated to making sure every experience is a positive one.
Our WDSRA Programs are designed similar to traditional park district programs. There is something for every interest including: competitive and recreational athletics, Special Olympics, adaptive sports, music, dance, art, theater, social clubs, camps, trips, special events and more!
Through Inclusion Services, we offer assistance to any individual with a disability who registers for a park district program from any of our member districts. Assistance varies depending on the needs of the individual and can range from adapting materials to sending support staff. There is no additional cost for participants to receive inclusion services.
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Park District Inclusion Programs
Want to participate in park district programs but need support? Inclusion Services provides that support!
Who We Serve
We have programs for those as young as 3 years old to well into the senior years of life. We serve a wide range of disabilities including but not limited to:
- Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Behavioral and Learning Challenges
- Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
- Developmentally Delayed
- Early Childhood
- Mentally Challenged
- Mentally Ill
- Physically Challenged
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visually Impaired
- Youth at Risk
- And those with other special needs.
Opening a world of untapped potential and a lifetime of possibilities.
Our Mission, the Development of Individuals through Recreation, makes it possible for everyone to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential. It can be experienced through the benefits that our participants gain including:
Improve Self Confidence
Increase Self Esteem
Encourage social interaction
Reinforce existing skills
Learn new skills
Provide family respite
Our philosophy is two-fold:
First, every individual should have the opportunity to perform at their highest level. Our programs are structured to allow everyone to participate at their own ability level and are designed with a close staff to participant ratio.
Second, every individual should have a choice in the way they want to participate. We offer both Inclusion Services and WDSRA programs so you can choose whichever option fits you best.
Our Core Values
RESPECT is our foundation
We treat others with dignity and value every individual.
PASSSION drives us
We love what we do and who we serve.
INNOVATION energizes us
We think creatively to adapt to changing needs.
INTEGRITY is doing the right thing
We build trust through honest and transparent interactions.
COMMUNICATION connects us
We listen, we learn, we take action.
COLLABORATION creates lasting partnerships
We accomplish more together than along.
FUN is who we are
We believe joy is a FUNdamental part of every day.
Our Connection to Park Districts
We are a cooperative extension of nine park districts and serve the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield. These are the districts we refer to as our member districts.
Our Time to Brag
WDSRA is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning organization and a leader in the special recreation field. Our staff are among the best trained, most caring and highly dedicated committed to serving our special needs families.