Dear NSSRA Families,

As you know, on Friday, May 29 much of Illinois entered phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. We are working very hard to offer appropriate in-person activities for NSSRA participants as soon as possible, but in light of the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and subsequent safety measures in place to keep our community healthy, we are cancelling all in-person summer programming as previously advertised . These cancellations include NSSRA programs, special events and trips. Specific cancellation details are below.

For the remainder of 2020 we will be evaluating in-person program opportunities on a month-to-month basis, and will provide monthly program information and registration periods in place of seasonal guides and registration periods. Our online virtual programming will continue, and we plan to begin offering small, in-person programs in late July. More information will be released about these opportunities in the next few weeks.

Our Summer 2020 Program Guide has been updated ( view here ) with program cancellations. Please note:  refunds for summer programs and special events will be processed as household credits. If you would like a monetary refund, please contact NSSRA Registrar Jeanne Cook at .

Thank you for your patience as we navigate offering as many services as possible safely.

Summer 2020 Cancellations
  • All summer programs and special events as advertised in the Summer 2020 Program Guide
  • Camp Duncan Trip
  • Camp Wigwam Trip
  • Gator Bocce
  • Gator Bowling
  • Gator Golf
  • Gator Softball
  • Campyardigans: Weeks 4 – 5
  • Virtual camp will be available for weeks 4 – 5 as is currently scheduled for weeks 1 – 3
  • Post Camp
  • Virtual option may be available, NSSRA will communicate further plans by Monday, June 22

For more information regarding virtual camp, please contact Recreation Manager Blair Hill at .
With both one-on-one video calls and virtual group programs available, we have plenty of options for you to stay connected with #teamnssra and your friends! Click the links below to sign up:
Need help with the tech-side of signing up for or joining virtual programs? We've got you covered! Click the videos below to learn how to sign up for virtual programs on our website, and then how to join them via Zoom.

We also put together a couple printable handouts, for both NSSRA and ELA programs, for you to organize your Zoom IDs and passwords. Download here.
Video programs and calls are conducted over Zoom, a free app that can be downloaded on your phone, tablet or computer.  Click here to download Zoom.
Don't forget to follow us on  social media ! We are posting new videos, activity ideas and more each day, and we'd love to see your faces pop up in the comments!

Thank you for your patience! After being down following the torrential rain that flooded NSSRA's basement offices a few weeks ago, our phone system and voicemail is once again fully operational. Please note that our building is still closed to the public in light of COVID-19.
NSSRA's full-time team has put together several resources to support participants and families at home. Click the links below for offline activities and pre-recorded programming, a collection of social stories to help participants understand COVID-19, resources and more. Need a little extra support or a sounding board? We're here to help! Click the staff support option and make an appointment with one of NSSRA's recreation managers or specialists. These pages will be updated regularly with additional resources.
Community Resources
For those of you that miss NSSRA's Music Speaks program with Music Speaks, LLC, check out their free, weekly livestreams on Thursdays! Join Music Speaks Music Therapy each week at 6:30 pm for an interactive music session with a board-certified music therapist! Wind down from the day and learn new techniques to use at home each and every day.

You can view these videos anytime on the Music Speaks Youtube Channel, as well as follow all events and announcements here .
Join A.B.L.E.’s teen ensemble for a reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, "Comedy of Errors," about mistaken identity! Beginning Monday, May 18, the ensemble - 20 young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences - will release a new episode each week, filmed entirely over Zoom.

A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations) is a Chicago nonprofit that creates theatre and film projects for, with, and by individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental differences. Click here for details.

If you've run across a great virtual resource for participants with disabilities and their families, we'd love to hear about it! Email and share it with us!
Have you followed us over on Instagram , Facebook or YouTube yet?

Every week we're posting new activities, workouts, storytime readings, games and more!

Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games (CANCELLED)
Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14
Cancelled per Special Olympics Illinois

Northbrook Days (CANCELLED)
Saturday, August 8
Cancelled per Northbrook Civic Foundation
Summer Bash (CANCELLED)
Wednesday, August 12

Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet (RESCHEDULED)
Friday, October 30, 2020
Originally Friday, April 24, 2020
We will communicate further updates as we have them. With questions or for more information, please contact Recreation Manager Blair Hill at .
U pcoming Board Meetings

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm
This meeting will be held virtually.

Monday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
This meeting will be held virtually.

Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 am
This meeting will be held virtually.