Recreation is an important part of life for people of every age. Children need opportunities to meet and play with their peers and adults need opportunities to participate in activities they enjoy to lead full lives. Sometimes, people with disabilities need extra support to participate in community recreation activities.
To find out if there is an organization that provides support and/or recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in your area, check with your local Park District and ask about Special Recreation programs and services. Special Recreation Associations are also listed at www.specialrecreation.org.
Special Olympics Illinois also provides a variety of opportunities. Mission: Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. To find out if there is a program near you, please click here.
Remember that many organizations that provide services to children and adults with disabilities also provide recreation opportunities.
Recreation and Leisure Providers/Programs
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Special Recreation Associations
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