Northbrook – April 12, 2019 – In just a few weeks participants, families and staff with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) will join in with the north shore community in the world’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today, the Autism Speaks Walk.
The Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.
NSSRA, founded in 1970, serves approximately 1,800 children, teens and adults with disabilities living in its partner communities throughout the northern suburbs. With nearly 500 recreation, sport, cultural and social offerings available throughout the year, NSSRA specializes in introducing participants to new experiences, providing opportunities for skill development and leisure time, and most importantly, creating space for friendships to thrive.
Roughly 26% of participants in NSSRA programs are on the Autism spectrum, up 10% from 2013. Additionally, NSSRA serves approximately 1,000 people through its Inclusion services, a program which allows individuals to participate in programming with their home park district with the assistance of an Inclusion companion hired and trained by NSSRA. It is unknown what percentage of Inclusion participants are on the autism spectrum.
Walkers advocate and take action for the diverse needs of the autism community, and their efforts help generate funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services. Register to walk with Team NSSRA at www.nssra.org/autismwalk.
North Shore Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, April 28
New Trier High School, 7 N. Happ Rd., Northfield
8:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am: Walk Begins
NSSRA provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities who live in the partner communities. NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This partnership includes the Park Districts of Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka; the Cities of Highwood and Lake Forest; and the Village of Riverwoods. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction as the first Special Recreation Association in the country. For more information about NSSRA and the programs and services it provides visit www.nssra.org.