WDSRA Mission--Developing Individuals Through Recreation
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) provides engaging, community-based recreational programs and inclusion services for children, teens, and adults with special needs. WDSRA offers Special Olympics, adaptive sports, dance and art programs, camps, trips, special events, and more. We provide a safe learning environment with caring, dedicated, trained staff.
WDSRA’s mission, the development of individuals through recreation, makes it possible for the more than 4,500 individuals served to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential.
WDSRA is an award winning organization and has been providing recreational and social opportunities to individuals of all ages with disabilities since 1976. WDSRA is a cooperative extension of nine park districts serving the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.
WDSRA Vision--Equal Fun For Everyone
It is the belief of WDSRA and its member park districts that all individuals should be provided with opportunities that allow an individual to perform at his/her highest level of ability.
The Benefits Are EndlessThe benefits of recreation extend far beyond the soccer field. For an individual with a disability, recreational activities can
- Improve self-confidence
- Increase self esteem
- Foster independence
- Encourage social interaction and peer relationships
- Provide socialization opportunities
- Establish friendships
- Reinforce existing skills
- Provide opportunities to learn new skills
- Create a fun environment in which to participate
- Reinforce the concepts of fairness, teamwork, and self-control
- And so much more!
Participants and Programs
Special populations served by WDSRA include: Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism/ Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Behavioral and Learning Challenges, Deaf/ Hard of Hearing, Developmentally Delayed, Early Childhood, Geriatric, Mentally Challenged, Mentally Ill, Multi-Need, Physically Challenged, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired, Youth at Risk, and those with other special needs.
Two Ways to Play
WDSRA Recreational and Social Programs
WDSRA provides fun, engaging recreational and social programs, trips, and special events for children, teens, and adults with special needs. Programs are offered for all ages, from preschool to seniors, and are designed with a close staff to participant ratio. Programs are structured to allow everyone to participate at their own ability level. Through WDSRA each individual has the opportunity to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential.
Inclusion Services for Park District Programs
Inclusion services are designed to provide the least restrictive environment while providing the maximum opportunity to participate in regular park district programs. WDSRA offers 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. To register for services, simply indicate that special accommodations are needed on the park district registration form. Two-week advance notice is requested for inclusion support.
Groups Affiliated with WDSRA
WDSRA is affiliated with many local groups such as: Special Olympics, Very Special Arts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, Brain Injury Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, DuPage County Health Department, YMCAs, and other special recreation associations.
WDSRA is Nationally Acclaimed
Two time winner of the National Parks and Recreation Association’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Programming.
Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Park and Recreation Agency.
Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada 8 years in a row.