ELA Program


ELA Mission: Creating opportunities for adults with disabilities to achieve personal growth.

ELA Vision: Reaching new heights in community, play and life.

Enriched Lifestyles for Adults (ELA) is a year-round day program for individuals with developmental disabilities who are 22 years of age and older. As a collaborative effort betweenNorthern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) and The Center for Enriched Living (The Center), ELA presents the best resources these two organizations have to offer. NSSRA and The Center each bring nearly 50 years of experience in serving people with disabilities to this exciting collaboration. ELA was created to enhance the quality of life and offer well-rounded daytime program options for adults with disabilities while providing a flexible schedule for families. Click here to download ELA’s brochure.

ELA’s core program areas are:

  • Independent Living & Continuing Education:
    Computers, Nutrition & Health, Money Skills, Reading, Cooking
  • Communication & Socialization:
    Peer Interactions, Current Events, Relationship Building, Conflict Resolution
  • Recreation and Leisure:
    Sports, Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Music, Hobbies
  • Community Integration:
    Community Service Projects, Lunch Outings, Day Trips, Using Community Resources

ELA is held at The Center for Enriched Living, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Participants may choose to attend two, three, or five days per week, with half and full day options available. If you are interested in beginning the registration process for an adult day program, please click here to download and complete the Adult Day Program Interest Form. Once complete, forms can be mailed or dropped off to Becca Zajler at NSSRA or emailed to bzajler@nssra.org. NSSRA is located at 3105 MacArthur Blvd., Northbrook, IL 60062.

If your preferred program option is unavailable, your name will be placed on the Interest List. When an opening becomes available, those on the Interest List will be contacted. A deposit must be received by the designated deadline. If the number of those interested in a program option exceeds the program capacity, then a random drawing will take place. Those who do not receive their desired slot will have their deposit returned and may choose to remain on the list.

Location:
The Center for Enriched Living
280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
(847) 948-7001

ELA Participants Must:

  • Be 22 years of age and older or a high school graduate.
  • Complete the intake assessment process to determine ELA eligibility and participant program needs.
  • Submit participant information forms as requested by the ELA Program.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Becca Zajler, Recreation Manager for ELA,
at (847) 509-9400 x6823 or bzajler@nssra.org.