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S19 Episode 03: Special Recreation: A Vital Connection



Recreation Superintendent Ted Adatto from Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) tells how special recreation programs are helping individuals with disabilities to reconnect with their community during the pandemic.
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Quote from the episode: “Sometimes we see recreation as another nice thing to do, but with this pandemic, it’s really shown how essential it is—recreating in a way that allows people to connect with their world, with their social sphere. I think people take away the fact that they are not shut in. They might be experiencing this challenge, but they’re experiencing it with other people.” – Ted Adatto

Pickleball at Fort Hill. Photo courtesy of WDSRA

Naperville Park District is one of a number of park districts in DuPage County that partners with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) to provide access to recreation for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

WDSRA offers social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with special needs. WDSRA brings you exciting programs created by expert staff dedicated to making sure every experience is a positive one. You get creative, innovative programming with opportunities to create social groups and make friends.

Social clubs. Photo courtesy of WDSRA

WDSRA has programs from as young as 3 years old to well into the senior years of life. There is something for every interest including: competitive and recreational athletics, Special Olympics, adaptive sports, music, dance, art, theater, social clubs, camps, trips, special events and more!

Inclusion services for any Naperville Park District program are also offered at no additional cost to the family.

WDSRA serves the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield. Naperville residents can choose any WDSRA program offered in any of our member park district locations.

WDSRA Fall 2 Programs:

Though our programs may look a little different right now, we are still bringing fun, creative opportunities to create social groups and make friends.

We know that in-person programming isn’t for everyone, just yet. So we have both virtual and in-person programs available as well as inclusion services for NPD programs.

Virtual Bingo. Photo courtesy of WDSRA

On our website you can find the latest program brochure, a guide to the protocols we are taking in our programs and answers to many questions you may have. If you prefer, give us a call. We are happy to help you find the right program for your son/daughter.

Learn more at: or call 630.681.0962.

Rec and Roll Program at Sportsman’s Clubhouse in Naperville. Photo courtesy of WDSRA


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