Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) is a cooperative extension of the Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn Park District program.
Over the years, many Glen Ellyn residents have volunteered or worked part-time with WDSRA. If you would like to share your time and enthusiasm with us, please contact Wendy Craven, WDSRA’s Manager of Support Services, at (630) 681-0962 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information on the foundation, please call (630) 681-0962 or visit www.wdsra.com.
Glen Ellyn Park District and the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect in January 1990 and the Glen Ellyn Park District complies with the legislation's purpose which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. The Glen Ellyn Park District will make reasonable accommodations in recreation programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability that meets essential eligibility requirements for that leisure program and facilities. The ADA requires that recreation programs offered by the park district be available in the most integrated setting appropriate for each individual. If you have questions about Glen Ellyn ’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) 858-2462.
Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact the park district at (630) 858-2462 about special accommodations needed for the enjoyment of park district programs. Those who use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may reach the park district by calling (800) 526-0844.
The Glen Ellyn Park District and WDSRA believe each participant should be provided with leisure services to allow for his/her highest level of performance. Inclusion Services are designed to facilitate and ensure opportunities are available in the least restrictive environment and to make certain residents are given the opportunity to choose the services they desire. WDSRA’s goal is to provide a continuum of services to build toward an individual’s independence in their local park district and recreation department. WDSRA complements the park district sponsored program by supplying a variety of services to make the experience successful. WDSRA may provide a support staff for the entire program or until the participant is comfortable with the activity. Inservices, staff training, and resource networking are also available. If you are interested in participating in a park district program and would like WDSRA's assistance, please contact our office in advance of the Glen Ellyn Park District's registration deadline. There is no additional charge for WDSRA's support.
For more specific information about WDSRA programs, consult a copy of WDSRA's program guide, available at the park district and local libraries or call WDSRA at 681-0962 to be included on the mailing list.
Sign Language Classes
WDSRA also offers sign language classes for community members. To register for these programs, contact WDSRA at (630) 681-0962 or visit www.wdsra.com.