NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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News & Events

NISRA congratulates Superintendent of Recreation Maribeth Hutchison on 11 years of exceptional service! Maribeth established many organizational systems as NISRA grew from 9 to 13 member districts, and spearheaded the creation of online registration for programs. Maribeth is retiring at the end of July to pursue adventure travel with her husband.

NISRA welcomes back Heidi Jenkins as our new Superintendent of Recreation. Heidi also has nearly 11 years of service at NISRA, first as a Regional Coordinator and then as Manager of Mental Health & Outreach. Since January 2014 Heidi was the Community Inclusion Manager at Pioneer Center. Say hello to Heidi when you see her at programs!

40 Years!
Thanks to everyone
connected with NISRA who has helped us reach this tremendous milestone. And, thanks to the Northwest Herald and McHenry Chronicle for publishing feature stories which you can see at:

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 for programs is now available.

Click on the button below to begin!  

Current Brochures

Click here for the Summer 2016 brochure. REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER THE MAY 26 DEADLINE WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER JUNE 20. Participant may not be able to join the program.


Click here for the Summer Day Camp 2016 brochure. Registration deadline April 22. Online registration is not available for camps.




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United Way Support

A Barrington Area United Way

supported agency.