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Services to Residents with Disabilities:


The Village of Riverwoods is a partner with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). Formed in 1970, NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago and provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. NSSRA offers recreation, sport, cultural and social programs and events available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction of being the first Special Recreation Association in the country.  We believe that everyone should have the chance to try something new. This means you have the opportunity to participate in any one of NSSRA’s over 500 annual programs, or that you have the opportunity to participate in one of the Village of Riverwoods’ programs, or another one of NSSRA’s partner’s programs, with the assistance of an NSSRA Inclusion companion.

Inclusion Services

Inclusion services are available to Village of Riverwoods residents with special needs at no additional cost to the family. Inclusion services may include, when necessary, staff training, program modifications/adaptations, modified equipment and program observations.

Reasons to Request Inclusion Services

  • A parent or family member recognizes that a participant would benefit from additional support in a Village of Riverwoods program
  • The village of Riverwoods staff identifies a need for additional support, for safety and programmatic reasons, and communicates this need to the family

Requesting Inclusion Services

When registering for a Village of Riverwoods program for the first time:

  • Mark the accommodation section of the registration form to indicate that the participant will require assistance from NSSRA
  • Once your registration form is submitted, the Village of Riverwoods will contact you to discuss the type of Inclusion support needed for the participant
  • The Village of Riverwoods will provide NSSRA with an Inclusion request that contains both program and participant information
  • You will be contacted by
  • NSSRA to discuss the needs of the participant and get input on the type of support required NSSRA will work with the Village of Riverwoods to put the necessary Inclusion accommodations in place for participation in the desired program(s)
  • Communication between you, NSSRA, and Riverwoods staff continues throughout the Inclusion process

For more information regarding Village of Riverwoods Inclusion services contact:

Kris Ford
Village of Riverwoods
(847) 914-0665
Meggan Davies
Recreation Manager for Inclusion
(847) 509-9400 x6828

For more information about NSSRA, visit www.nssra.org:

3105 MacArthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 509-9400


For over 50 years, the Center for Enriched Living (CEL) has enriched the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CEL provides social enrichment, continued learning, and employment programs for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

CEL believes in a strong connection to the community and has been an integral part of the Riverwoods area since our permanent building opened here in 2000. CEL members are from throughout the surrounding Chicagoland area and enjoy CEL’s year-round programs that incorporate a wide variety of interests and budgets. CEL is open 7 days a week, 48-weeks per year and offers programs to members from 9am – 9pm.

At CEL, members are part of a vibrant and dynamic community, connected to friends and a world of opportunities. To view our current program guide and see all of our available programs, log on to www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org/Program-Guide

Learn more at www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org or contact our Outreach Supervisor, Michael Welsh at 847.315.9920.

Center for Enriched Living
280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015


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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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