Safety Policies

Transportation Safety Procedures
NSSRA has implemented the following transportation procedures in order to ensure participants’ safety while riding in NSSRA vehicles.

  • All passengers must be sitting in seats or wheelchairs with seat belts securely fastened. The driver will not proceed until all seat belts are fastened.
  • All wheelchairs must have brakes that are in good working order and can stop the chair from moving.
  • The NSSRA drivers will assist participants to and from their homes, but driveways and walks must be clear of debris and obstacles.
  • NSSRA drivers are responsible to determine whether or not a participant can be transported safely. If it is determined that it would be dangerous to transport an individual, the driver may refuse to transport that person.*
  • Persons riding in Amigo-type wheelchairs must transfer into a bus seat and must use a seatbelt.
  • Persons unable to be in the house alone should have someone meet the NSSRA staff at the designated time of return. NSSRA cannot wait more than ten minutes due to the demanding transportation schedule.

*NSSRA reserves the right to refuse to transport individuals. Please realize that these policies have been developed to ensure the safety of everyone riding in NSSRA vehicles. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Pick Up and Drop Off
For the safety of all participants, parents/guardians/group home staff must personally check in with a program leader/driver when dropping off and picking up a participant. Staff cannot leave a program or other participants to escort an individual to or from a vehicle. Therefore, parents/guardians/group home staff are asked to park and check in with the program leader during both drop off and pick up for all programs.

Inclement Weather Policy
If inclement weather occurs, NSSRA may still decide to hold programs. If the weather turns dangerous (100 degrees or higher actual temperature or heat index; 2 degrees or lower actual temperature, -30 degrees or lower wind chill or severe snow/ice), NSSRA will call participants prior to the start of a program to cancel the program. If you are not sure whether a program will meet due to inclement weather, call NSSRA. Refunds are issued for cancelled programs.

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Safety/Insurance Information
NSSRA is committed to conducting its recreation programs and activities in the safest manner possible and holds the safety of participants in the highest possible regard. Participants and parents registering for recreation programs must recognize, however, that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in recreation activities. NSSRA continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that participants follow all safety rules and instructions which have been designed to protect the participant’s safety.

Please recognize that NSSRA does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained in its programs. The cost of such would make program fees prohibitive. Therefore, each person registering themselves or a family member for a recreation program/activity should review their own insurance coverage. It must be noted that the absence of health insurance coverage does not make NSSRA automatically responsible for the payment of medical expenses.

Due to the difficulty and exorbitant cost of obtaining liability insurance, the agency providing liability coverage for NSSRA requires the execution of a Waiver and Release.

Certain high risk activities may require an additional waiver prior to participation. This waiver must be signed before participation in a program.

Please contact NSSRA Safety Coordinator Meggan Davies at (847) 509-9400 x6828 or mdavies@nssra.org with any questions.