The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association is a cooperative extension of the Winfield Park District, as well as eight other area park districts. We offer more than 1,000 programs, trips and special events to more than 8,000 individuals with special needs each year. Programs range from drama to dance and include a variety of Special Olympics sports and adapted sports as well as programs for individuals with physical challenges. In addition to our own programs, we also offer support to anyone with special needs enrolled in a Winfield Park District program. Over the years, many Winfield residents have volunteered or worked part-time with WDSRA. If you would like to share your time and enthusiasm with us, please contact WDSRA's Becca Ross, Support Services Supervisor Ph: 681-0962 x578 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammy Kerrins, Manager of Inclusion Services Ph: 681-0962 x587 email@example.com. The WDSRA Foundation is the association's fundraising arm and welcomes donations from individuals, companies and service clubs. These donations help offset the cost of programs. Click here to view their website.
WDSRA provides fun, engaging recreational and social programs, trips, and special events for children, teens, and adults with special needs. 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.
WDSRA offers a wide range of programs to reach a variety of interests. Over 1,500 annually!
- Special Olympics
- Music and Dance
- Art and Drama
- Social Clubs
- Special Events
- Adaptive Sports
- Overnight Outings
- Weeklong Trips
- Much, much more!
Winfield Park District and the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect in January 1990 and the Winfield Park District will comply with the legislation's purpose which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Winfield Park District will make reasonable accommodations in recreation programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements for that leisure program and facilities. The ADA requires that recreation programs offered by the Winfield Park District be available in the most integrated setting appropriate for each individual. If you have questions about the Winfield's commitment regarding the ADA policy or you believe you have been unfairly discriminated against by the park district, please call the park district at (630) 653-3811. Those who use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf may reach the park district by calling (630)653-3811.
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. There is no charge for WDSRA's support. 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.
Why Choose Special Recreation at WDSRA?
- All disabilities and ages welcome
- Safe learning environment
- Caring, dedicated, trained staff
- High staff to child/adult ratio
- Improves self-confidence
- Provides socialization opportunities
- Offers opportunities to establish friendships and gain social independence
- Programs that grow with your child
Volunteers & Part Time Staff WelcomeWe are always looking for volunteers to assist in all of our programs and at our events. Hours are flexible. Training is provided. Apply at www.wdsra.com.