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.
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:
Lifting and transferring techniques
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.