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North Suburban Special Recreation Association

NSSRA runs nearly 600 programs every year that can be challenging or competitive. They include integral educational and social components, and are all about having fun.

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Services to Residents with Disabilities
Lake Bluff 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 Lake Bluff Park District programs with the assistance of an NSSRA Inclusion companion.”

Inclusion Services
Lake Bluff 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.

Reasons to Request Inclusion Services

  • A parent or family member recognizes that a participant would benefit from additional support in a Lake Bluff Park District program
  • Lake Bluff 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 Lake Bluff 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 Lake Bluff Park District will contact you to discuss the type of Inclusion support needed for the participant
  • The Lake Bluff 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 Lake Bluff Park District to put the necessary Inclusion accommodations in place for participation in the desired program(s)
  • Communication between you, NSSRA, Lake Bluff Park District staff continues throughout the Inclusion process

For more information regarding Lake Bluff Park District Inclusion services contact:

Jim Lakeman

Superintendent of Recreation, Safety, and Outreach Services

(847) 457-7343

Meggan Davies

Recreation Manager for Inclusion

(847) 509-9400 x6828

For more information about Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) visit:


3105 MacArthur Blvd.

Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-9400

Lake Bluff Park District and the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect in January 1990 and the Lake Bluff Park District complies with the legislation's purpose which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. The Lake Bluff Park District will make reasonable accommodations in recreation programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability that meets essential eligibility requirements for that leisure program and facilities. The ADA requires that recreation programs offered by the park district be available in the most integrated setting appropriate for each individual. If you have questions about Lake Bluff's commitment regarding the ADA policy or you believe you have been unfairly discriminated against by the park district, please contact Ron Salski at (847) 457-7346: 355 W Washington Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.


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