Parking lot project update: As of end of business on Sept 13, we believe the project will begin on Mon, Sept 16. We plan to resume our temporary remote office at Crystal Lake Park District and close our main office to the public when the contractor starts work. If you need in-person assistance, PLEASE CALL the office at 815-459-0737 to confirm where to go.

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The contractor has given us a proposed start date of Mon, Sept 16. We plan to re-open our remote office at the Crystal Lake Park District once the project begins. Please call us at 815-459-0737 if you need in-person assistance and we'll direct you where to go.
Transportation drop-off location for the weekend trip is what you were previously told.

Women's Golf Outing

THANK YOU to all the ladies who participated--it was hilarious as always! We deeply appreciate your support.

New video

Click here to check out the new 3 1/2 minute video created by Katrina, our summer intern--it's delightful!

Thank you, CFMC!
NISRA is grateful to the Community Foundation for McHenry County for its generous $15,000 donation from its General Operating Grants Program! Microsoft's support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020, so the grant will be used to purchase computers with Windows 10. NISRA's rotating replacement schedule for our computers, which range from five to eight years old, makes it cost-prohibitive to replace a majority of computers in one year. So the Foundation's grant is invaluable! Learn more at

Special Olympics 
Most seasons, NISRA needs sports officials. If you, or someone you know may be interested, please contact Kara at the NISRA Office for details.
Parents & guardians of Special Olympics athletes, click here for the Special Olympics Illinois Fact Sheet of information about the required Application for Participation (Medapp).

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.


Customer Service Mission
Click here to view the statement.
Loss Control Review Rating


NISRA received Level A - Accredited status in our 2018 Loss Control Review process by the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). This is the highest rating awarded by PDRMA, and is a reflection of NISRA staff & volunteers consistently implementing the safety standards set forth by PDRMA.

NISRA E-news
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Welcome to NISRA

Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois. 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 Vision

NISRA will be recognized as a leader in providing community based therapeutic recreation services for children and adults with disabilities and maintain a positive, strong and collaborative relationship with its member districts. NISRA will also be recognized as a desirable place to work.

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.

Contact Us

NISRA welcomes your questions, comments, and feedback that will help us serve you better.
Click here to contact us.

Registration & Brochures

Click on the button below to begin online registration.

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 to view the Fall brochure. Registration received after the August 26 deadline will be reviewed the week of September 23 to see if the participant can be added.

Click here to view the Summer brochure. Registration received after the May 20 deadline will be held & reviewed the week of June 17 to see if the participant can be added.  



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A Barrington Area United Way
supported agency.

Community Foundation for McHenry County