By Fouad Egbaria – 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. The NSSRA serves special needs families all over the North Shore, from Lake Bluff south to Wilmette.
The NSSRA has one such program already, based in Riverwoods, which they operate with The Center for Enriched Living. The program there, called ELA, or Enriched Lifestyles for Adults, is now in its 10th year.
“This is a unique type of program,” said Craig Culp, executive director of the NSSRA. “This category of programming is what we call adult day programming. In essence, our target is to provide year round programming basically from [9 a.m.-3 p.m.] for adults with disabilities.”
This brand of programming is contrast with the association’s traditional adult programming, which typically runs on a seasonal basis. For instance, their fitness and training program meets every Monday night in Wilmette in each of the four seasons, but participants can choose when they want to do it based on their schedule.
The expansion to the NSSRA’s adult day programming being proposed is targeted to begin in July 2015, Culp said. Assuming negotiations go well and a location is secured for the programming, he added that they hope to start advertising the program in January 2015.
They’ve conducted a survey and focus group this year to get a sense for what the families participating in the NSSRA might want. Given the success of the Riverwoods program over the last decade, Culp said they wanted to expand to give their participating families a second, centrally-located option for day programming.
After meeting with four different locations to discuss the possibility of setting up a spot for the association’s second adult day program, they zeroed in on Glencoe.
“It boiled down to … the Takiff Center is the location that we think would serve our program best,” Culp said. “The location, the amenities within [and surrounding] the facility … Glencoe is literally dead center in our geography.”
Like the Riverwoods program, the proposed program would run 48 weeks a year, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The number of participants, Culp said, would be no larger than 20, also like the program in Riverwoods.
At the Sept. 16 board meeting, Glencoe Park District Executive Director Lisa Sheppard noted that the Takiff Center does have the space to host the programming, and there would be no effect on the parking situation, as participants will typically be dropped off at the program location by car or bus.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Sheppard said at the meeting.