Inclusion Support

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion provides a choice for individuals of varying abilities to experience recreation programming within their community. NSSRA and partner agency staff work closely with the participant and family to provide enriching recreational experiences while maintaining safety and confidentiality.

Inclusion services are available to participants of programs offered within NSSRA’s thirteen partner communities at no additional cost to the family. Once a need has been identified and communicated to one of our partner agencies, a request for Inclusion support is submitted, and we take it from there.

NSSRA’s Inclusion Services also include, when necessary, staff training, program modifications/adaptations, modified equipment and program observations.

Reasons to Request Inclusion Services

  • A parent or family member recognizes that a participant would benefit from additional support in a partner agency program
  • Partner agency staff identifies a need for additional support, for safety and programmatic reasons, and communicates this need to the family

Requesting Inclusion Services

When registering for a program with one of NSSRA’s partner agencies:

  • Mark the accommodation section of the registration form
  • Once the registration form is submitted, the partner agency will contact the family to discuss the type of Inclusion support needed for the participant
  • The partner agency will provide NSSRA with an Inclusion request that contains both program and participant information
  • The family is then contacted by NSSRA to further discuss the needs of the participant and get input on the type of support required
  • NSSRA will work with the partner agency to put the necessary Inclusion accommodations in place for participation in the desired program(s)
  • Communication between NSSRA, partner agency staff, and the family continues throughout the Inclusion process

For Additional Information

Each of NSSRA’s partner agencies has a contact at its agency who is available to answer questions regarding Inclusion.

Deerfield Park District
Contact: Laura McCarty
(847) 572-2615

Glencoe Park District
Contact: Bobby Collins
(847) 835-7535

Glenview Park District
Contact: Natalie Liang
(224) 512-2552

Park District of Highland Park
Contact: Julie Nichols
(847) 579-3131

City of Highwood
Contact: Scott Coren
(847) 432-1924

Kenilworth Park District
Contact: Johnathan Kiwala
(847) 251-1691

Lake Bluff Park District
Contact: Jim Lakeman
(847) 457-7343

City of Lake Forest Recreation Department
Contact: Joe Mobile
(847) 810-3941

Northbrook Park District
Contact: Nancy Eschker
(847) 897-6151

Northfield Park District
Contact: Jim Reuter
(847) 446-4428

Village of Riverwoods
Contact: Kris Ford
(847) 867-3188

Wilmette Park District
Contact: Mary Liz Jayne
(847) 256-9689

Winnetka Park District
Contact: Toby Ross
(847) 501-2071

With any other questions, contact Meggan Davies, Recreation Manager for Inclusion, at
(847) 509-9400 x6828 or