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A boy, his sister and Down syndrome | Chicago Tribune

October 1, 2014: It had been a typical morning in our house — kids waking up way too early to raid the freezer for frozen chocolate chip waffles instead of cereal or fruit. I overhear their voices giggling and making silly jokes to one another while playing "Minecraft" on their iPads. They are adversaries one moment and each other's greatest champions the next. Continue…

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Glencoe Park District, NSSRA to discuss potentially bringing new program to Takiff | The Glencoe Anchor

September 29, 2014: For those in the community with special needs, a new adult day program that might be coming to Glencoe next year could be of interest. At the Sept. 16 Glencoe Park Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted to begin negotiations with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association regarding bringing a day program for adults with special needs to the Takiff Center. Continue…

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Glencoe resident’s Oak Wealth Advisors helps families with special-needs | The Glencoe Anchor

September 9, 2014: Glencoe resident Mike Walther knew he wanted to give back to the community — one day, his wife asked him a simple question, and he knew exactly what to do. Walther — who grew up in St. Louis — and his family have been living in Glencoe for 19 years. He has a background in financial planning, with a bachelor’s degree in economics, an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a CPA from the University of Illinois. Continue…

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Special recreation group still searching for new home | Chicago Tribune

September 2, 2014: The Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association — also known as NSSRA — remains in the hunt for new headquarters after a promising option in Northbrook fell through recently. The organization, which provides recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in 10 park districts and three municipalities on the North Shore, announced last summer that it was looking for new digs. The current NSSRA facility in Northbrook is too small and unsafe to access, said Craig Culp, executive director for the special recreation association. Continue…

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Recreation association may find new home in Northbrook | Chicago Tribune

June 19, 2014: The Northbrook Park District may share space with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association if voters approve the idea for converting a local Five Seasons Sports Club into a community recreation center, officials say. Park district officials say they still are gathering input from the community on the plan to pay about $20.3 million for the 115,000-square-foot facility at 1300 Techny Road and the 17 acres of land on which it sits. Continue…

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Special Camps for Special Kids | Make It Better

April 3, 2014: Finding the right camp is always important, particularly when your child has special needs. “It’s not just about summer recreation,” explains Katie Koske, manager of cooperative programs for the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). “When you have a child who is already challenged developmentally, it’s imperative to find a summer program that can provide consistency and support ongoing developmental needs.” Continue…

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