Leisure Education Awareness and Discovery (LEAD)

What is Leisure Education?

Many students with disabilities require a structured introduction to leisure experiences. Leisure Education provides leisure awareness for students during the school day through a cooperative effort between special education staff and NSSRA program staff. This program offers opportunities for students to learn new recreation skills in a structured environment.

Leisure Education prepares students to participate in a variety of leisure activities, empowering them to view their abilities positively.

Leisure Education Goals & Objectives


Our goal is to facilitate Leisure Education resources and programs in cooperation with TrueNorth Educational Cooperative and local school districts to improve the leisure functioning of students within our communities.


  • Promote awareness of the importance of leisure and recreation for students.
  • Enhance access to healthy leisure lifestyles and activities.
  • Promote and offer technical and educational services to students within the community.
  • Create a blended approach to learning through both recreation and education.


NSSRA’s passionate, full-time Recreation Specialists coordinate and lead each Leisure Education program. NSSRA’s staff are accompanied by teachers and aides in each classroom to allow maximum participation and supervision during program activities.

Schedule & Schools

All programs are offered from mid-September to May. NSSRA Recreation Specialists and TrueNorth Educational/local school district teachers determine a schedule before the beginning of each school year.


The fee for providing NSSRA’s Leisure Education program in each class is $4 per student with a minimum of six students.

Getting Started

For more information or with questions about NSSRA’s Leisure Education program, please contact Mel Robson at (847) 509-9400 x6829 or mrobson@nssra.org.