NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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News & Events

We're hiring!

Part-time staff & drivers needed
Do you know someone who fits NISRA's Values? (Fun, Professional, Compassionate, Trustworthy & Innovative)? We're looking for assistants & drivers for our recreation programs. For information and to apply, click here.

Spring Shootout
This year's Spring Shootout golf outing with our partners, Fire Wagon Hockey is this month, Thurs, May 25! Click here for easy, online registration.
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Job Opportunity
NISRA is seeking applicants for its Seasonal Transportation Coordinator-Summer only position. The Transportation Coordinator is responsible for oversight of NISRA's transportation for summer day camp and summer programs. For the job description & more information, click here to view the post on Applitrack.

Exceptional Employee
Congratulations to Brianna Szczebak, NISRA’s next Exceptional Employee! In 2015, Brianna started working with us because she has a "passion for helping others complete tasks they may struggle with" (check out this photo at our Learn to Ride a Bike program!). Brianna's favorite NISRA program and memory has been Track & Field, being part of watching & helping participants grow. She also enjoys visiting new places and hopes to travel to every continent. Thank you, Brianna, for being an exceptional staff member!

Annual Report
If you would like to see the NISRA & NISRA Foundation Annual Report, click here to view it or contact the office to have a copy mailed to you.


NISRA E-news
NISRA and the NISRA Foundation have a newsletter that comes to you via email. We promise not to clog up your inbox...our newsletter is only sent a few times each year when we have important news & reminders to share. If you would like to receive the newsletter, just enter your email address in the box below and click "Join"!


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Welcome to NISRA

Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities. Since 1976, children and adults of all ability levels have enjoyed socializing, building skills and having fun in hundreds of weekly programs, special events, camps and trips each year.

Our Mission

NISRA...enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences.

Our Values

  • Fun
  • Professional
  • Compassionate
  • Trustworthy
  • Innovative

Our Video


Are you familiar with NISRA?
Click here to watch a heart-warming 9 minute video about us.



NISRA also has a YouTube channel. See a few more videos there: NISRACrystalLake (no spaces between words)

Our Service Area

NISRA serves residents with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois, thanks to the partnership of the member districts. Click here to see the list of 13 member districts.

Registration & Brochures

Online registration is now available!

Click on the button below to begin.
NOTE: If you're new to NISRA, a paper registration form is required for just the first time you register, so that we'll have important emergency contact information for the participant.  

Current Brochures

Click here for the Summer 2017 brochure. Registration received after the MAY 25 DEADLINE will be processed after JUNE 19. Participant may not be able to join the program.

Click here for the Summer Day Camp 2017 brochure-with updated camp locations!
NOTE: Online Registration is NOT AVAILABLE for Summer Day Camps.






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