About Us

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) provides outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities. NWSRA has grown tremendously over its 44 year history.  NWSRA provides over 2,000 recreational programs and receives more than 14,000 registrations annually.  Athletics are very popular at NWSRA, with over 600 athletes competing in 16 sports. 


NWSRA has received the National Recreation and Park Association Excellence in Inclusion Award, given to one organization throughout the nation that has proven its leadership in the promotion of inclusion and diversity initiatives. 



Member Park Districts

NWSRA serves 17 northwest suburban communities in partnership with member Park Districts, providing day camps, weekly programs, trips, special events, cultural arts and more. 

Click here to view a full list of Member Park Districts and obtain contact information!


NWSRA full-time staff hold degrees in Therapeutic Recreation or closely related fields, certifications with state and/or national professional recreation associations and skills that include:

  • Program Development

  • Leadership

  • Behavior Management

  • Lifting and transferring techniques

  • Defensive Driving

  • Lifeguarding

  • Water Safety Instruction

Hundreds of Part-Time staff and Volunteers lead a variety of programs throughout the year, gaining experience, making connections and working with the types of recreational programs that meet their interests.

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3000 W. Central Rd., Suite 205

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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