NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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News & Events

NISRA Art Exhibit
This year's exhibit is now on display at McHenry County College! Join us for the free, opening reception where you can meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments on Friday, Jan 26 from 5-7 pm. The Epping Gallery is in the hall of the Luecht Conference Center.

Congrats Emily!
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Emily Todd, NISRA's Manager of Cultural Arts/L.I.F.E. received the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section Professional of the Year Award on Jan 18th! Here is Dana Seehafer presenting the award to Emily at the ITRS Annual Meeting, with over 200 of our special recreation colleagues in attendance.

Building Supervisor job opening

NISRA is seeking applicants for a Part-time Building Supervisor for the Sage TR Center at the NISRA Office. For information or to apply, click here.


Special Olympics Team pages

Athletes & parents, click here for the new website specifically dedicated to information about NISRA's teams! You will find valuable information there.

McHenry County Community Foundation Grant
Thank you to the McHenry County Community Foundation for its recent grant to support the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program for veteran service members with disabilities. This program continues to rapidly expand to help more veterans experience fitness/wellness and social opportunities.

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 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.

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 Winter/Spring 2018 brochure. Registration received after the DEC 15 DEADLINE will be processed after JAN 15. Participant may not be able to join the program.


Don't stay indoors all winter--get out to see an entertaining movie & enjoy a meal with friends. Contact Kara about this new event for Youth on Sun, Feb 18.









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United Way Support

A Barrington Area United Way

supported agency.