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WDSRA Receives Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society Grant

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) Foundation is proud to have been selected by the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society to receive $1,000 in support of inclusion services. WDSRA believes that any child with a disability should be allowed to be included at their highest ability level in the least restrictive environment and have full access to the community in which they live.

The grant monies will be used to support inclusion services for children with disabilities attending local park district programming among peers with and without disabilities. Inclusion services are customized to meet the needs of the child with the disability which may include a one-to-one aide, program or behavior modifications, physical adaptations, customized park district training or other necessary support to ensure everyone’s involvement is successful.

The benefits of inclusion affect not only the individual but also their family, peers and the community in which they live. Individuals in inclusive settings show improvement in cognitive and social measures. They also feel better connected to the community in which they live. Participants without disabilities benefit from the inclusion experience learning to appreciate each individual’s differences and becoming more comfortable in connecting with people with various disabilities.

WDSRA serves more than 4,500 children and adults with special needs through over 1,500 programs, trips, and special events each year. Additionally, WDSRA achieves over 15,000 participations through programs, inclusion services, community education and fundraising events. WDSRA offers Special Olympics and adapted sports programs, dance and art programs, as well as social clubs and camps.

WDSRA is a nationally acclaimed organization and a cooperative extension of nine park districts including Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.

Learn more about WDSRA service in your community at www.wdsra.com.

Learn more about the Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society at www.glenellyninfantwelfare.org.

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