NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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News & Events

Holiday Fashion Show
Invitations are currently being mailed and online registration will open soon.

Special Needs Planning Workshops

Parents, NISRA is hosting two Special Needs Planning Workshops, Sept 27 in Elgin and Oct 11 at the NISRA office. Feedback from the April workshop was overwhelmingly positive! Click here for details.  

Audit Services RFP
NISRA is seeking proposals for auditing services for the fiscal years ending on April 30 in 2019, 2020 & 2021. Proposals must be received by NISRA by 4:00 pm on Monday, Oct 1, 2018 to be considered. Click here to obtain the RFP document.

Featured Artist
Congrats to Sean Murray of Cary, NISRA's Featured Artist! See NISRA's Facebook page for a small gallery of photos about Sean & his artwork.
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.


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 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

Online registration is 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 to view the Fall brochure. Registration received after the Aug 30 DEADLINE is processed after Sept 24. We are updating important phone numbers. Please be thorough with phone numbers on your registration.

Click here to view the Summer 2018 brochure.



Support NISRA/NISRA Foundation with your online donation. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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United Way Support

A Barrington Area United Way

supported agency.