Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association
“Enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences”


Do you know someone with a disability who would like to go out, have fun and make friends? Since 1976, NISRA has provided recreation programs for people with disabilities, and its mission is: enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences. 


Socializing, building physical skills, learning, relaxation and fun are some of the benefits gained from participating in NISRA’s year round activities. Sports, fitness, social, cultural, outdoor and preschool programs, along with camps, special events and trips offer enjoyment for children, teens and adults of all ability levels. NISRA also offers Special Olympics training and competition in 15 sports. 


Huntley Park District and 12 other districts form NISRA. NISRA serves residents of McHenry County, and parts of Cook, Kane and Lake counties. Programs are provided in community facilities throughout the area. NISRA staff assist our staff with including residents with disabilities in our recreation programs. 
Call (815) 459-0737 with questions about inclusion. 
NISRA’s full time professional recreation staff hold college degrees in Therapeutic Recreation or related fields, along with various certifications. Part-time staff and volunteers help people with disabilities learn new skills and have fun.


Do you have a talent to share and some time to give?

Contact NISRA to learn more about part-time work or volunteering. Ask for the NISRA brochure at our office, call (815) 459-0737, or visit NISRA’s web site at for more info.