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NEDSRA offers a wide range of programs and services for youth of all ages and abilities. Most programs are geared towards specific age and ability groups so we can best meet the needs of the individuals we serve. Annually we implement more than 600 programs and special events, assuring and promoting CHOICE for all individuals. 

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Please see our current brochure on our home page for current offerings. If you are unsure of what programs would best meet your needs or those of a family member, please contact our Manager of Program Development, Lori Miller at 630.576.4034 or [email protected].  We welcome and highly encourage an initial participation assessment to assist you in meeting your goals. 

Early Childhood
Early childhood programs are designed for children ages 1-5 and are offered as "parent-tot" experience.


General Programming - Intellectual Disability/Autism
These programs are designed for individuals up to the age of 18 and are open to those with an intellectual disability or autism. 

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive Sports programs are designed for individuals with a physical or visual impairment.  All of our seven sports (basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, boccia) are designed for both recreational and competitive athletes.  NEDSRA has been a pioneer in the development of adaptive sports and are honored to be designated as an official U.S. Paralympic Sport Club. 

Special Olympics

Special Olympic sports are dedicated to empowering individuals with cognitive disabilities through competition. NEDSRA offers individual and team sports (basketball, bocce, bowling, ice skating, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, snow shoeing, softball) to ensure year-round opportunities for everyone.

Sensory Station
NEDSRA's Sensory Station provides a safe, nurturing, person-centered, supportive environment for participants. It is used to facilitate empowerment, self-organization, relaxation, sensory awareness, communication, reality orientation, activity tolerance, and awareness of self, peers, and surroundings. For more information about Sensory Station check out the Sensory Room link under the Participation tab.