Special Needs & Inclusion

Who is eligible for Inclusion services?

Any Elmhurst Park District resident who registers for a park district program and has a special need is eligible to receive inclusion services. 

Types of Inclusion Services

The Elmhurst Park District will provide the type of support deemed necessary for successful participation in a park district program. Supports may include: training with the program staff, consultation with the individual and individual's family members, activity modification, behavior management support, sign language interpreters, observation and evaluation, implementation of adaptive equipment, and/or provision of a support staff member.

What are Inclusion services?

The Elmhurst Park District (EPD) believes that all individuals should be provided with leisure opportunities that allow them to perform at their highest level. We understand that not every individual who has a special need desires EPD programming. In cooperation with our Program Managers, EPD staff will assist and advise any resident who is interested in participating in a program.

For individuals interested in special recreation programming, the Elmhurst Park District is a member of the Gateway Special Recreation Association, which was formed through an intergovernmental agreement between several villages and park districts including Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Pleasant Dale, Westchester and York Center, the City of Countryside and the Villages of Hinsdale and Willowbrook.  Gateway Special Recreation Association (SRA) contracts with the Ray Graham Association for People With Disabilities to provide recreational services for children and adults with disabilities. The Ray Graham Association has been serving the needs of persons with disabilities for more than 45 years.

Gateway SRA offerings are suited to meet a wide range of needs and capabilities.  A complete guide to all Gateway programming can be found at Ray Graham Association; click on "Gateway" and you can review the entire brochure complete with registration forms.  Once registration forms are complete, they can be mailed to:  Ray Graham Association, 901 Warrenville Road, Ste. 500, Lisle, IL  60532; or Hanson Center, 15W431 59th Street, Burr Ridge, IL  60527.  For information please contact Ryan Massengill at Ryanc [at] raygraham.org, and visit the Special Needs & Inclusion Program Information page.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you need inclusion assistance please contact the Wagner Community Center at (630) 993‐8901.