Recreation for Middle and High School Students with Autism

Recreation for Middle and High School Students with Autism

Middle School

Autism Camp Programs

Autism Home Support Services, Inc.

Summer drama camp for children with autism - Drama camp west
Kidz Kabaret
1665 Quincy Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

Drama camp east
St. Joan of Arc School - 9248 N. Lawndale Ave. Evanston, IL 60203

The curriculum: acquisition and practice of social skills; initiation; sustained interaction; reading body language and facial clues. Targeted for ages 10-16 years, diagnosed with ASD or a related disorder; full communication abilities and a desire to interact socially with others; and may lack the skills, opportunities or confidence to be successful AHSS will assist families with possible insurance reimbursement.

For more information call (847) 564-0822 or email maryannn@autismhomesupport.com.


Bessemer Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
8930 S. Muskegon Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
(312) 747-6023

Camp activities include: Special Olympics training, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, bocce ball, swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, personal development classes, and speech class.


Building Great Beginnings Family Retreat Camp

Contact: Maria Bellantuono
(847) 533-6224
bgb@buildinggreatbeginnings.info

Parents, siblings, and children with special needs and have the opportunity to get “survival tips”, relationship tips, participate in activities such as ziplining and rock wall climbing, and receive support from other families at Camp Henry Horner.


Camp Firefly

6639 N Kedzie St., Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 412-4363
campfirefly@jcfs.org

Overnight camp for boys and girls (ages 9-18) with autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, OCD, and other diagnoses affecting social functioning. Presented with the JCC's of Chicagoland and located at Camp Chi (just outside of Wisconsin Dells), Camp Firefly offers a fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing children's social, language, sensory, and adaptive development. 


Camp Hope

P.O. Box 687 Lake Forest, IL 60045
(312) 401-HOPE
camphopeillinois@gmail.com

Five-day recreational and residential summer camp for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Activities include: swimming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, adaptive sports, cook-outs, magic show, carnival, and much more.  Ages 11 and up.


Camp Little Giant

Vicki R. Lang, CTRS, Camp Director
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
SIU Carbondale Mailcode 6888
(618) 453-1121x 231
Vickil@siu.edu

Camp location: Little Grassy Lake which is part of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and amongst the Shawnee National Forest. Camp Little Giant is American Camping Association (ACA) accredited and was the first camp in the nation to achieve this status. One of the founders of Special Olympics helped to establish this camp. Since we are located on a lake we offer a beach front with swimming in a shallow area as well as a floating dock for those that pass the swim test, paddle boats and a pontoon boat cruise. We also offer sports & games, expressive and traditional arts & crafts, music & drama, nature hikes and related activities, horseback riding, hayrides, talent shows, dances, special events, team building activities, fishing, campfires and of course memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Ages 8 - adult; scholarships available.


Camp Millhouse

25600 Kelly Rd., South Bend, IN 46614
574-233-2202
campmillhouse@gmail.com

Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience in both day program and overnight camp programs.

Virtual camp programming available in light of COVID-19 concerns.


Camp New Hope

Kim Carmack
P.O.. Box 764 Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 895-2341

Camp New Hope was built by parents of children who have developmental disabilities. They offer two programs: summer camp and respite year round. The respite program is an opportunity for parents to take a break from caring for their child who has a disability, while knowing their child is in a safe and caring environment. Ages: 9-18 years.


Camp Ramah

Tikvah Program
6150 E. Buckatabon Road Conover, WI 54519
(312) 606-9316
register@ramahwisconsin.com

Overnight summer camp for adolescents with special needs, including autism spectrum disorder. Integration in camp activities, with support staff and individualized programming including social skills groups. Services the Jewish community. Ages: 6th-12th grade.


Camp Red Kite

Cleveland Elementary School
3121 W. Byron Street

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN! Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly-structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends. To apply, please click on the link above and complete the form. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to discuss further registration procedures.


Camp Red Leaf

26710 W Nippersink Rd 
Ingleside, IL 60041-8770

847-740-5010
awarner@jcys.org

Week long youth (ages 9-17) and adult camp experiences are available at Camp Red Leaf throughout the summer months and weekend respite programs available throughout the year. Friendships blossom as campers choose between adaptable sports programs, arts and crafts, the ropes course and zip line, outdoor camping experiences, and lake and heated pool activities. With a camper counselor ratio of 2:1, experiences are as individualized as the campers themselves. Staff members adapt programming to reflect the varied levels, abilities, and needs of each camper while also creating a safe environment where campers are able to challenge themselves.


Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation)

Children’s Research Triangle
70 E. Lake St., Suite 1300 Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-4011 or email: campsoar@cr-triangle.org
Camp location: Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, WI

The camp is open to children and teens with physical and/or cognitive special needs, such as autism, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, and many other handicapping disorders. 


Camp STAR (Summer Treatment for ADHD and Related Issues)

Wayne Thomas School
2939 Summit Ave. Highland Park, IL 60035
(312) 996-6923

Seven-week day camp for children led by University of Illinois at Chicago clinicians. Skills such as socialization and behavior management are taught in a fun format. Ages: 6-12 years. 


Chicago Park District - Special Needs Programming

Locations across Chicago
special.recreation@chicagoparkdistrict. com
(312) 742-5798

Year long program, activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. 


Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-3600

Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.


Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, President
Kari Christiansen, Director
1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, Illinois 60154
(708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
info@creativeexchangemusic.com

The Playing with Style group works on improving listening skills and encourages creativity by exploring different styles of music through listening games, instrument playing, and songwriting.


Dynamic Lynks

1100 Lake St. Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 620-2373

Social skills groups and camps for children of all ages and abilities that incorporate current social and emotional skill curricula in tandem with evidence-based music therapy techniques and current autism best practices.


Easterseals - Camp FRIENDship

1939 W 13th St., Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-3962
Campfriendship@eastersealschicago.org

Camp FRIENDship is a summer camp designed to help children ages 5 to 14 acquire social skills within a positive, safe, and fun environment. The camp is tailored for children with autism spectrum disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and children with similar social skill deficits. Camps are in Chicago and Northwest Indiana; call for updated availability and prices (may change year to year).


Easter Seals Wisconsin - Elks Respite Camp

101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324

Ages: 7-18 years. Register here.


Easter Seals Wisconsin: Camp Wawbeek

101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301 Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324

Campers will experience a schedule that is structured, while offering choice and empowerment. A choice of age-appropriate, fun and challenging activities encourage a healthy lifestyle, independent living skills, socialization and transition to adulthood. Ages: 15-25 years. Register here.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.


Gateway Special Recreation Association

15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 325-3857

A variety of recreation and sports programs are offered in order to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities.


Glick Family Camp

Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
(773) 765-3159

Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.


Have Dreams

Dana Fenceroy
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 905-0702

After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.


High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

Contact: Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 262-8300

Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.


Illinois Action for Children

Chicago's South Suburbs

Felicia McBride, FNP Project Development Manager
felicia.mcbride@actforchildren.org
773-356-8110

The Illinois Action for Children progam links families to financial support for child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-School For All services. The ReCharge Program is a free summer fitness and wellness program for families in the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) developments offered to children between ages 6 and 14.


JMK Behavior Services

Joanna M. Kooistra, MS, BCBA
120 W. Eastman St., Suite 102, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 873-1505
info@jmkbehavior.org

Provides home-based and clinic-based ABA/VB therapy to individuals with autism, as well as social skills groups and summer camp programs. 


Keshet

3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-0274

Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp

With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 


Kick Start Learning and Play

Northfield, IL & Libertyville, IL
(847) 386-6560
info@kickstartptn.com

Clinical services include developmental therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and social skills groups for children up to early adolescence. Additionally, Kick Start has early intervention, therapeutic preschool and summer camp programs. 


KGH Autism Services

(224) 326-2206
intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Lake View YMCA

3333 N. Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-3333

Activities include: outside activities, swimming, sports, field trips, etc.


Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

P.O. Box 547, Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-2811

Special recreation cooperative.


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St, Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 860-2404 (Lisa) or (630) 305-4196, ext. 1 (Patti)

Some areas that may be worked on include cooperation, communication, imitation, math and reading readiness skills, and play and leisure activities.


Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 966-5522

Special recreation cooperative.

 


Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
(630) 620-4500

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

820 E. Terra Cotta, Suite 125, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-0737

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

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

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 407-1819
info@nwcsra.org

Special recreation cooperative.


Northwest Special Recreation Association

Theresa Waite
3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 392-2848

Special recreation cooperative.


Oak Lawn Park District/Special Recreation Cooperative

4625 W. 110th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 857-7614

Special recreation cooperative.


The Penguin Project

info@penguinproject.org
888-543-8002

The Penguin Project is a national non-profit organization creating opportunities for you artists with special needs to participate in community theatre. Chapters located across the country, including in Illinois (Streator, Rock Island, Dixon, DeKalb, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington), Wisconsin (Kenosha, Madison), and Michigan (Battle Creek, Muskegon). 


River Valley Special Recreation Association

1335 E. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 933-7336
rvsra@sbcglobal.net

Special recreation cooperative.


Rockford Park District

Therapeautic Recreation
401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101
(815) 987-1607

Programs based on sports and fitness, arts and leisure, and social acitivities are offered to promote the development, maintanence, and experssion of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities.


SEASPAR Day Camp

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-7600
info@seaspar.org

Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.


Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Laura LeVitus
6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 685-6205

Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 


South Suburban Special Recreation Association

19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
(815) 806-0384

SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.


South West Special Recreation Association

12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 389-9423

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon

3000 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 741-7275, ext. 169

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services (SRS)

1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
(708) 841-1071 ext. 233

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

Katie Kozuch
2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
(847) 356-6011

Special recreation cooperative.


Timber Pointe Outdoor Center

TPOC@EASTERSEALSCI.COM
office: 309-365-8021
Hudson, IL 

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environment. Timber Pointe offers special needs and inclusive camp sessions for children and adults ages 7 and up. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding. 


Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

c/o DePaul College Prep
3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
(773) 423-5055

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.


Warren Special Recreation Association

100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 244-6619

Special recreation cooperative.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 681-0962

Special recreation cooperative.


Westside Children's Therapy

1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
630-509-4911
wheatonadmin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com

Offers a variety of therapies, including ABA, speech, feeding, physical, occupational therapy and counseling. Additionally, Westside offers diagnostic evaluation/testing and summer camp programming. 


West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
(847) 455-2100

Special recreation cooperative.

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc. 

47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
blazingps@msn.com
(630) 365-5550

Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.


BraveHearts

Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
Sarah Newland, program director
7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113

BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.


Bull Run Equestrian Center

dljjjgineris@sbcglobal.net
P.O. Box 870, 3N065 Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 715-0354

Strides In Motion is a program in which physical therapists work with side-walkers, horse leaders, and arena assistants to combine clinic-based treatments with hippotherapy in order to achieve a client's functional goals in a natural setting.


Central Illinois Riding Therapy

Judith Kruse
305 Neumann Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-3710
cirt@cirt.info

Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equestrian Connection

Diana Schnell, executive director
600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
(847) 615-8696
info@equestrianconnection.org

Hippotherapy, art therapy, and therapeautic riding are offered with features such as a 16,000 square foot heated arena, riding trails, an outdoor arena, therapy rooms, job and living skill programs, after school clubs, summer and spring camps, and massage therapy for both clients and caregivers.


EquiTherapy

9501 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 965-1632

Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equine Dreams

Sharon Mason
Mailing address: P.O. Box 372, Sandwich, IL 60548
(815) 690-8144
ride@equinedreams.org

Provides hippotherapy therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.


Freedom Woods

9501 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 967-9800
freedomwoodsfarm@ymail.com

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy; program placement will be determined via an evaluation performed by a licensed therapist.


Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
(630) 588-8543
info@ftea.org

Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.


Heather Ridge Farm

Cheryl Case
31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
(630) 853-9813
heatherridgestables@yahoo.com

Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.


Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy

Chicago and surrounding suburbs
Marlene Karman
630-878-8096
holisticriding19@gmail.com 

HRET is passionately committed to empowering the lives of individuals with varied physical, emotional, cognitive, and social abilities through the spirit of the horse. Our programs include therapeutic riding (unmounted and mounted activities), veteran programs, farm and nature experience, and trail classes. We have no age restrictions and we strive to accommodate all individuals. 


Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2411
nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org

Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.


Manhattan Meadows 

Lisa Rizzo, Owner
Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
(815) 919-4149

Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 788-1020
info@mccdtherapy.com

Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.


New Kingdom Trailriders

18929 81st. St., Sherrard, IL, 61281
(309) 764-4220
info@nktriders.org

Provides therapeutic horse riding and motion therapy.


Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
(217) 232-0022
petcenter2007@yahoo.com

Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.


Partners for Progress NFP

amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
(847) 438-5400

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.


Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
(815) 973-3177
admin@pegasusspecialriders.org

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.


Rainbow Riders

822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
(309) 734-4849
karenangotti@gmail.com

Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.


Ray Graham Association

Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
horsemanship@raygraham.org
(630) 620-2222

Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.


Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Barbara Mulry
24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
(708) 539-3078
bmulry@gmail.com

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.


School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 864-2463

Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.


Walk On

26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-4231
walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org

Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.


White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Whiteside County Fairgrounds
201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
(815) 772-2669
rideatwhoa@yahoo.com

Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

Sports & Play

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center

3040 N. Wilton Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7340

Ongoing exercise and recreational activities group. Bi-lingual therapy services available (Spanish).


American Youth Soccer Organization

P.O. Box 557514 Chicago, IL, 60655
(773) 432-4210

Region 423: a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate successfully on mainstream teams.


The Autism Project

Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 850-9744
info@hubbardstreetdance.com

This well-structured curriculum was developed collaboratively with the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois at Chicago (RCADD) to allow students to explore dance technique and the choreographic process using developmentally appropriate methods, supported by a 1:1 teacher/student ratio as needed.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy

Two Locations:  

  • Aurora: 600 N. Commons Drive, Suite 102 Aurora, IL  60504 
  • Orland Park: 11411 W. 183rd Street. Suite B Orland Park 60467

708.478.1820 

We provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy along with Aquatic Therapy, Gait Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Casting and Bike Riding Lessons for kids and young adults (birth - 25).


BelAir

2442 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 216-4535

Jui-Jitsu and Tech for kids with developmental differences - move, play and learn! First class is free.


Brickology - Legos

Beth Weis
(847) 494-5346
beth@bethweis.com

Team-building projects with Legos for children with autism spectrum disorder to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and motor enrichment.


Brooklyn Boulders - Adaptive Climbing Group

Adaptive Climbing Group
100 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
chicago@adaptiveclimbinggroup.org

Adaptive recreational activities good for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.


 

Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove

Leslie Klassman
401 E. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 630-4358

Two leagues each year for children with disabilities.


Chicago Children’s Museum - Play for All

700 East Grand Avenue, Suite 127. Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 527-1000


Chicago Dance Therapy

1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 848-0697
info@northshoredancetherapy.com

Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.


Chicago Park District - Special Needs Programming

Locations across Chicago
special.recreation@chicagoparkdistrict. com
(312) 742-5798

Year long program, activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. 


Chicago White Sox Kids Club

333 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 674-5504
kidsclub@chisox.com

All-Star members receive: official membership card, welcome postcard, White Sox gym bag, stopwatch, jump rope, baseball cap, stickers, temporary tattoos, baseball cards (set of six) featuring current players, and four ticket coupons redeemable for upper reserved seats.


Connect PLAY at Lawrence Hall

Renee Lehocky
rlehocky@lawrencehall.org        
(773) 320-1626

Between Albany Park and Lincoln Square on Lawrence

Connect PLAY offers safe and fun, small after school playgroups for children on the spectrum, with caring, expert staff leading activities tailored to each individual child. Let Connect PLAY lighten your load for an afternoon and call for an assessment today!


Elk Grove Gymnastics School

775 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
(847) 437-3447

Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will be played at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.


Exercise Connection

Amber Pantaleo
amber@exerciseconnection.com
(773) 575-5100

Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location information. 


Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA

300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 891-9622

A class designed to help participants build rapport and a basic understanding of yoga for the whole family; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.


The Field Museum - Field for All

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

For more information on the Field for All App: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/accessibility  

Sensory Friendly “Field For All” & Sensory Saturdays: we want everyone to have a great time at the museum, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. The Field Museum also hosts Sensory Saturdays where families enjoy a sensory-friendly morning in the Crown Family PlayLab once a month.


Five Keys Yoga, LLC

2225 W. Wabansia Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60647
(847) 899-0441
erin@5keysyoga.com

Singing, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and deep relaxation for children with autism to promote regulation of their behaviors and emotions.


Focus Martial Arts and Fitness

Special Focus Karate
9342 Virginia Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(847) 458-0938

A positive environment in which children are encouraged to use the individual gifts they have plus the karate skills they learn to make a difference in their lives.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle.


Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

5 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
(224) 554-9634
funtastictherapies@yahoo.com

Utilizes fun aquatic and gymnastic environments to encourage and increase body and spatial awareness, tactile discovery, strength and confidence in each and every unique child.


Gymquest

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 609-6360

GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports.


Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
info@havedreams.org

Three levels of swim instruction, Special Olympics Aquatics, and Special Olympics Track & Field.


Invincible Silent Warriors

1341 Manor Court, Elgin, IL 60123
(224) 800-7265
grubbacoaches.sbgil@gmail.com

Our program is designed to help children and young adults learn self-defense skills and socialization.


Irving Park YMCA

4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 777-7500

Swim classes offered for those children on the autism spectrum, including neurological, physical, or socially challenged individuals that focus on developing water safety, social interaction, and basic swimming skills.


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Jill’s House Windy City

Open to all Chicaogland families
224.801.4070 

Jill’s House is a non-profit organization that offers respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities through a weekend adventure program. At Weekend Adventures children (ages 6-17) get to experience an all inclusive camp weekend uniquely tailored to their needs. At the same time, their parents get a weekend to have some much needed rest and relaxation. During the camp weekend our campers are surrounded by onsite medical staff, client care specialists, and one-on-one buddies. Camps happen throughout the year in Lake Geneva, WI and transportation is provided from Libertyville, IL. 


JoRide Bicycles

(630) 258-2543
steven@joride.com

JoRide Bicycles are pedal-less bicycles and were created for individuals with special needs, regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bicycle.


KEEN - Kids Enjoy Exercise Now 

Chicago, IL 
312.876.2535
info@keenchicago.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a volunteer organization that provides free one-to-one recreational and sports programs for children and young adults with more profound and severe mental and physical disabilities. At each KEEN session, a participating athlete is paired with a trained volunteer coach for a variety of age-appropriate programs including tennis, swimming, basketball, basic ball skills, soccer, fitness and weight training and social activities and outings. Programs and activities offered will vary from one affiliate location to the next. Virtual activities & at-home kits currently available. 


KEEN Chicago at Sky High Sports in Niles

6424 Howard St. Niles, IL 60714

This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome to attend. Jump Sky High is a unique indoor trampoline fun center located in Niles (public transportation accessible). For more information about Sky High please visit their website. Use the link above.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 592-9700

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is teaming up with AUTISM SPEAKS® to provide Play Well Days, a brand new sensory friendly LEGO® experience on the first Saturday of every month.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)

285 Memorial Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-0737

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois. 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.


Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)

(847) 392-2848
3000 W. Central Rd., Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

NWSRA exists to provide outstanding recreation for children and adults with disabilities. See website for current programming.


Options & Advocacy

365 Millennium Dr., Suite A Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-4720, ext. 233

This program connects families to diagnostic locations, provided resources and referrals, helps to create a service plan for the families short and long term goals, provides consultation and advocacy, offers parent support group opportunities and support individuals with an ASD through Game Nights and other social opportunities. Sibshops for siblings available.


Premier Gymnastics

2066 Mitchell Drive, Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 554-7480
PremierGymWest@gmail.com

Open gym time for children with autism.


Right Fit Willowbrook

Bradley LaRocque
7101 Adams St #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
630-850-4050
brad@right-fit.com

Right Fit provides fitness and wellness services to individuals with special needs including intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome.


Shedd Aquarium’s Calm Waters

1200 S Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438

Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment.


Sky High Sports

6424 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714
(847) 801-5867
nilinfo@jumpskyhigh.com

Sky High Sports welcomes jumpers with special needs, along with their siblings, family, and friends the first Tuesday of every month from 3-6 p.m for a unique jump session.


Special Camps

Corporate Mailing Address
26 W 684 Lindsey Ave., Winfield Illinois, 60190
630-690-0944
colleen.scamps@icloud.com

Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 2-week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff and 24-hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for intellectually disabled kids and adults who could otherwise not attend similar camp programs due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.


Special Needs Baseball Team

Jesus Perez
1440 N. Humboldt Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 742-7549

A program for children with special needs to learn the basics of baseball in a safe and non-competitive environment.

High School

Autism Camp Programs

Adaptive Sports Camp 

Sponsored by the Parkways Foundation and Variety - The Children's Charian Park
11546 S. Ave. L Chicago, IL 60617
(312) 742-PLAY

Free camp for individuals with cognitive, physical, and/or sensory disabilities. Activities include: adaptive cycling, kayaking, fishing, and a variety of sports activities. Camp hours: Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Ages: 8 years and up


Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.

Mary Beth Mayer
3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690, ext. 127


Autism Home Support Services, Inc. - Summer drama camp for children with autism

Drama camp west
Where: Kidz Kabaret
1665 Quincy Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

Drama camp east
Where: St. Joan of Arc School
9248 N. Lawndale Ave. Evanston, IL 60203

The curriculum: acquisition and practice of social skills; initiation; sustained interaction; reading body language and facial clues. For ages 10-16 years, diagnosed with ASD or a related disorder; full communication abilities and a desire to interact socially with others; and may lack the skills, opportunities or confidence to be successful AHSS will assist families with possible insurance reimbursement.

For more information call (847) 564-0822 or email maryannn@autismhomesupport.com.


BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy

Two Locations:  

  • Aurora: 600 N. Commons Drive, Suite 102 Aurora, IL  60504 
  • Orland Park: 11411 W. 183rd Street. Suite B Orland Park 60467

708.478.1820 

We provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy along with Aquatic Therapy, Gait Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Casting and Bike Riding Lessons for kids and young adults (birth - 25).


Building Great Beginnings Family Retreat Camp

Contact: Maria Bellantuono
(847) 533-6224
bgb@buildinggreatbeginnings.info

Parents, siblings, and children with special needs and have the opportunity to get “survival tips”, relationship tips, participate in activities such as ziplining and rock wall climbing, and receive support from other families at Camp Henry Horner.


Camp Firefly

6639 N Kedzie St., Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 412-4363
campfirefly@jcfs.org

Overnight camp for boys and girls (ages 9-18) with autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, OCD, and other diagnoses affecting social functioning. Presented with the JCC's of Chicagoland and located at Camp Chi (just outside of Wisconsin Dells), Camp Firefly offers a fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing children's social, language, sensory, and adaptive development. 


Camp Hope

Lake Forest, IL 60045
(312) 401-HOPE
camphopeillinois@gmail.com

Five-day recreational and residential summer camp for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Activities include: swimming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, adaptive sports, cook-outs, magic show, carnival, and much more. Ages 11 years and up.


Camp Little Giant

Vicki R. Lang, CTRS, Camp Director
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
SIU Carbondale Mailcode 6888
(618) 453-1121x 231
Vickil@siu.edu

Camp location: Little Grassy Lake which is part of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and amongst the Shawnee National Forest. Camp Little Giant is American Camping Association (ACA) accredited and was the first camp in the nation to achieve this status. One of the founders of Special Olympics helped to establish this camp. Since we are located on a lake we offer a beach front with swimming in a shallow area as well as a floating dock for those that pass the swim test, paddle boats and a pontoon boat cruise. We also offer sports & games, expressive and traditional arts & crafts, music & drama, nature hikes and related activities, horseback riding, hayrides, talent shows, dances, special events, team building activities, fishing, campfires and of course memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Ages 8 - adult; scholarships available.


Camp Millhouse

25600 Kelly Rd., South Bend, IN 46614
574-233-2202
campmillhouse@gmail.com

Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience in both day program and overnight camp programs.

Virtual camp programming available in light of COVID-19 concerns.


Camp New Hope

Kim Carmack
Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 895-2341

Camp New Hope was built by parents of children who have developmental disabilities. They offer two programs: summer camp and respite year round. The respite program is an opportunity for parents to take a break from caring for their child who has a disability, while knowing their child is in a safe and caring environment. Ages: 9-18 years.


Camp Red Kite

Where: Cleveland Elementary School
3121 W. Byron Street

Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN! Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly-structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends. To apply, please click on the link above and complete the form. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to discuss further registration procedures.


Camp Red Leaf

26710 W Nippersink Rd 
Ingleside, IL 60041-8770

847-740-5010
awarner@jcys.org

Week long youth (ages 9-17) and adult camp experiences are available at Camp Red Leaf throughout the summer months and weekend respite programs available throughout the year. Friendships blossom as campers choose between adaptable sports programs, arts and crafts, the ropes course and zip line, outdoor camping experiences, and lake and heated pool activities. With a camper counselor ratio of 2:1, experiences are as individualized as the campers themselves. Staff members adapt programming to reflect the varied levels, abilities, and needs of each camper while also creating a safe environment where campers are able to challenge themselves.


Camp SOAR (Special Outdoor Adaptive Recreation)

Children’s Research Triangle
70 E. Lake St., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-4011 or email: campsoar@cr-triangle.org

Camp location: Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, WI

The camp is open to children and teens with physical and/or cognitive special needs, such as autism, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, and many other handicapping disorders. 


Chicago Park District - Special Needs Programming

Locations across Chicago
special.recreation@chicagoparkdistrict. com
(312) 742-5798

Year long program, activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. 


Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-3600

Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.


Easter Seals Wisconsin - Elks Respite Camp

101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301 Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324

Ages: 7-18 years. Register here.


Also at Easter Seals Wisconsin: Camp Wawbeek

101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301 Madison, WI 53713
(608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324

Campers will experience a schedule that is structured, while offering choice and empowerment. A choice of age-appropriate, fun and challenging activities encourage a healthy lifestyle, independent living skills, socialization and transition to adulthood. Ages: 15-25 years. Register here.


Exercise Connection

Amber Pantaleo
amber@exerciseconnection.com
(773) 575-5100

Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location information. 


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.


Gateway Special Recreation Association

15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 325-3857

A variety of recreation and sports programs are offered in order to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities.


Glick Family Camp

Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
(773) 765-3159

Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.


Have Dreams

Dana Fenceroy
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 905-0702

After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.


High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 262-8300

Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.


Illinois Action for Children

Chicago's South Suburbs
Felicia McBride, FNP Project Development Manager
felicia.mcbride@actforchildren.org
773-356-8110

The Illinois Action for Children progam links families to financial support for child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-School For All services. The ReCharge Program is a free summer fitness and wellness program for families in the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) developments offered to children between ages 6 and 14.


Jill’s House Windy City 

Open to all Chicaogland families

224.801.4070 

Jill’s House is a non-profit organization that offers respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities through a weekend adventure program. At Weekend Adventures children (ages 6-17) get to experience an all inclusive camp weekend uniquely tailored to their needs. At the same time, their parents get a weekend to have some much needed rest and relaxation. During the camp weekend our campers are surrounded by onsite medical staff, client care specialists, and one-on-one buddies. Camps happen throughout the year in Lake Geneva, WI and transportation is provided from Libertyville, IL. 


Keshet

3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-0274

Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp

With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

P.O. Box 547, Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-2811

Special recreation cooperative.


Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 966-5522

Special recreation cooperative.


Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
(630) 620-4500

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)

285 Memorial Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-0737

NISRA provides year round recreation activities for people with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois. 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.


Northwest Special Recreation Association

Theresa Waite
3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 392-2848

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

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

Special recreation cooperative.


Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 407-1819
info@nwcsra.org

Special recreation cooperative.


Oak Lawn Park District/Special Recreation Cooperative

4625 W. 110th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 857-7614

Special recreation cooperative.


River Valley Special Recreation Association

1335 E. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 933-7336
rvsra@sbcglobal.net

Special recreation cooperative.


Rockford Park District

Therapeautic Recreation
401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101
(815) 987-1607

Programs based on sports and fitness, arts and leisure, and social acitivities are offered to promote the development, maintanence, and experssion of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities.


SEASPAR Day Camp

4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-7600
info@seaspar.org

Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.


Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
Contact: Laura LeVitus
6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 685-6205

Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 


South Suburban Special Recreation Association

19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
(815) 806-0384

SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.


South West Special Recreation Association

12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 389-9423

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Camps

Corporate Mailing Address
26 W 684 Lindsey Ave., Winfield Illinois, 60190
630-690-0944
colleen.scamps@icloud.com

Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 2-week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff and 24-hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for intellectually disabled kids and adults who could otherwise not attend similar camp programs due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.


Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 816-4866

Special recreation cooperative that serves seven communities: Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and Hawthorn Woods. Provides programming for individuals, families, and SibShops for siblings of individuals with disabilities.  


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

Katie Kozuch
2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
(847) 356-6011

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation of Joliet and Channahon

3000 W. Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 741-7275, ext. 169

Special recreation cooperative.


Special Recreation Services (SRS)

1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
(708) 841-1071 ext. 233

Special recreation cooperative.


Options & Advocacy 

365 Millennium Dr., Suite A Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-4720, ext. 233

This program connects families to diagnostic locations, provided resources and referrals, helps to create a service plan for the families short and long term goals, provides consultation and advocacy, offers parent support group opportunities and support individuals with an ASD through Game Nights and other social opportunities. Sibshops for siblings available.


The Penguin Project

info@penguinproject.org
888-543-8002

The Penguin Project is a national non-profit organization creating opportunities for you artists with special needs to participate in community theatre. Chapters located across the country, including in Illinois (Streator, Rock Island, Dixon, DeKalb, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington), Wisconsin (Kenosha, Madison), and Michigan (Battle Creek, Muskegon). 


Timber Pointe Outdoor Center

TPOC@EASTERSEALSCI.COM
office: 309-365-8021
Hudson, IL 

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environment. Timber Pointe offers special needs and inclusive camp sessions for children and adults ages 7 and up. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding. 


Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

c/o DePaul College Prep
3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
(773) 423-5055

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.


Warren Special Recreation Association

100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 244-6619

Special recreation cooperative.


Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 681-0962

Special recreation cooperative.


Westside Children's Therapy

1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
630-509-4911
wheatonadmin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com

Offers a variety of therapies, including ABA, speech, feeding, physical, occupational therapy and counseling. Additionally, Westside offers diagnostic evaluation/testing and summer camp programming. 


West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Phone: (847) 455-2100

Special recreation cooperative.

Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc. 

47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
blazingps@msn.com
(630) 365-5550

Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.


BraveHearts

Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
Sarah Newland, program director
7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113

BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.


Bull Run Equestrian Center

Contact: Loren Gineris, PT
dljjjgineris@sbcglobal.net
P.O. Box 870, 3N065 Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 715-0354

Strides In Motion is a program in which physical therapists work with side-walkers, horse leaders, and arena assistants to combine clinic-based treatments with hippotherapy in order to achieve a client's functional goals in a natural setting.


Central Illinois Riding Therapy

305 Neumann Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-3710
cirt@cirt.info

Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Chicago Park District - Special Needs Programming

Locations across Chicago
special.recreation@chicagoparkdistrict. com
(312) 742-5798

Year long program, activities include: field trips, arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. 


Equestrian Connection

Diana Schnell, executive director
600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
(847) 615-8696
info@equestrianconnection.org

Hippotherapy, art therapy, and therapeautic riding are offered with features such as a 16,000 square foot heated arena, riding trails, an outdoor arena, therapy rooms, job and living skill programs, after school clubs, summer and spring camps, and massage therapy for both clients and caregivers.


EquiTherapy

9501 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 965-1632

Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Equine Dreams

Sharon Mason
Mailing address: P.O. Box 372, Sandwich, IL 60548
(815) 690-8144
ride@equinedreams.org

Provides hippotherapy therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.


Freedom Woods

9501 Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 967-9800
freedomwoodsfarm@ymail.com

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy; program placement will be determined via an evaluation performed by a licensed therapist.


Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
(630) 588-8543
info@ftea.org

Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.


Heather Ridge Farm

Cheryl Case
31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
(630) 853-9813
heatherridgestables@yahoo.com

Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.


Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy

Chicago and surrounding suburbs

Marlene Karman
630-878-8096
holisticriding19@gmail.com 

HRET is passionately committed to empowering the lives of individuals with varied physical, emotional, cognitive, and social abilities through the spirit of the horse. Our programs include therapeutic riding (unmounted and mounted activities), veteran programs, farm and nature experience, and trail classes. We have no age restrictions and we strive to accommodate all individuals. 


Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2411
nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org

Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.


Manhattan Meadows 

Lisa Rizzo, Owner
Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
(815) 919-4149

Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.


Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 788-1020
info@mccdtherapy.com

Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.


New Kingdom Trailriders

18929 81st. St., Sherrard, IL, 61281
(309) 764-4220
info@nktriders.org

Provides therapeutic horse riding and motion therapy.


Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
(217) 232-0022
petcenter2007@yahoo.com

Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.


Partners for Progress NFP

amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
(847) 438-5400

Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.


Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
(815) 973-3177
admin@pegasusspecialriders.org

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.


Rainbow Riders

822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
(309) 734-4849
karenangotti@gmail.com

Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.


Ray Graham Association

Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
horsemanship@raygraham.org
(630) 620-2222

Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.


Rocky Lane Farms 

Joanie Keyes
2044 Walnut Grove Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 428-9255

Program just begun. Competitive riding for Special Olympics (three competitions).  Ages: 8 and up.


Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

Barbara Mulry
24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
(708) 539-3078
bmulry@gmail.com

Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.


School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 864-2463

Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.


Walk On

Mary Illing
26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-4231
walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org

Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.


White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Whiteside County Fairgrounds
201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
(815) 772-2669
rideatwhoa@yahoo.com

Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

Sports & Play

Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center

3040 N. Wilton Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7340

Ongoing exercise and recreational activities group. Bi-lingual therapy services available (Spanish).


AMITA Health Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center

1786 Moon Lake Blvd. Suite 202, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
AHBHHHEResourceCenter@amitahealth.org 
847-755-8536  

Twice monthly social group for teens and young adults that is free (currently virtual). Call email for more information. 


American Youth Soccer Organization

P.O. Box 557514 Chicago, IL, 60655
(773) 432-4210

Region 423: a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate successfully on mainstream teams.


The Autism Project

Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 850-9744
info@hubbardstreetdance.com

This well-structured curriculum was developed collaboratively with the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois at Chicago (RCADD) to allow students to explore dance technique and the choreographic process using developmentally appropriate methods, supported by a 1:1 teacher/student ratio as needed.


Brickology - Legos

Beth Weis
(847) 494-5346
beth@bethweis.com

Team-building projects with Legos for children with autism spectrum disorder to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and motor enrichment.


Brooklyn Boulders - Adaptive Climbing Group

Adaptive Climbing Group
100 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 268-0002
chicago@adaptiveclimbinggroup.org

Adaptive recreational activities good for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.


Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove

Leslie Klassman
401 E. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 630-4358

Two leagues each year for children with disabilites.


Chicago Dance Therapy

Erica Hornthal
1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 848-0697
info@northshoredancetherapy.com

Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.


Chicago White Sox Kids Club

333 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 674-5504
kidsclub@chisox.com

All-Star members receive: official membership card, welcome postcard, White Sox gym bag, stopwatch, jump rope, baseball cap, stickers, temporary tattoos, baseball cards (set of six) featuring current players, and four ticket coupons redeemable for upper reserved seats.


The Coalition for Autistic and ND Students (CANS)

1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
hrotti2@uic.edu
The Coalition for Autistic and ND Students (CANS) is a student-led community for autistic and neurodivergent college students in the Chicago-area. Students meet regularly to meet friends, share resources and participate in workshops, activities, and advocacy. All students who identify as autistic or neurodivergent, including those with Asperger's, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, psychiatric disabilities, or other ND conditions, and are current junior college, community college, undergraduate, graduate, or professional students are welcome. CANS meets on the fourth Friday of the month, 4-6 PM at DHSP (1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.).


Elk Grove Gymnastics School

775 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
(847) 437-3447

Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will be played at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.


Exercise Connection

Amber Pantaleo
amber@exerciseconnection.com
(773) 575-5100

Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location information. 


Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA

300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 891-9622

A class designed to help participants build rapport and a basic understanding of yoga for the whole family; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.


The Field Museum - Field for All

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

For more information on the Field for All App: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/visit/accessibility  

Sensory Friendly “Field For All” & Sensory Saturdays: we want everyone to have a great time at the museum, so we strive to make our programs, exhibitions, and facilities accessible for everyone by removing barriers, delivering a welcoming and relevant experience, and providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. The Field Museum also hosts Sensory Saturdays where families enjoy a sensory-friendly morning in the Crown Family PlayLab once a month.


Five Keys Yoga, LLC

Erin Haddock
2225 W. Wabansia Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60647
(847) 899-0441
erin@5keysyoga.com

Singing, breathing exercises, yoga poses, and deep relaxation for children with autism to promote regulation of their behaviors and emotions.


Focus Martial Arts and Fitness

Special Focus Karate
9342 Virginia Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(847) 458-0938

A positive environment in which children are encouraged to use the individual gifts they have plus the karate skills they learn to make a difference in their lives.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114

Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live a healthy lifestyle.


Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

5 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
(224) 554-9634
funtastictherapies@yahoo.com

Utilizes fun aquatic and gymnastic environments to encourage and increase body and spatial awareness, tactile discovery, strength and confidence in each and every unique child.


Gymquest

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 609-6360

GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports.


Have Dreams

515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
info@havedreams.org

Three levels of swim instruction, Special Olympics Aquatics, and Special Olympics Track & Field.


Invincible Silent Warriors

Katie Grubba
1341 Manor Court, Elgin, IL 60123
(224) 800-7265
grubbacoaches.sbgil@gmail.com

Our program is designed to help children and young adults learn self-defense skills and socialization.


Irving Park YMCA

4251 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 777-7500

Swim classes offered for those children on the autism spectrum, including neurological, physical, or socially challenged individuals that focus on developing water safety, social interaction, and basic swimming skills.


JoRide Bicycles

(630) 258-2543
steven@joride.com

JoRide Bicycles are pedal-less bicycles and were created for individuals with special needs, regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bicycle.


KEEN - Kids Enjoy Exercise Now 

Chicago, IL 
312.876.2535
info@keenchicago.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a volunteer organization that provides free one-to-one recreational and sports programs for children and young adults with more profound and severe mental and physical disabilities. At each KEEN session, a participating athlete is paired with a trained volunteer coach for a variety of age-appropriate programs including tennis, swimming, basketball, basic ball skills, soccer, fitness and weight training and social activities and outings. Programs and activities offered will vary from one affiliate location to the next. Virtual activities & at-home kits currently available. 


KEEN Chicago at Sky High Sports in Niles

6424 Howard St. Niles, IL 60714

This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome to attend. Jump Sky High is a unique indoor trampoline fun center located in Niles (public transportation accessible). For more information about Sky High please visit their website. Use the link above.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 592-9700

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is teaming up with AUTISM SPEAKS® to provide Play Well Days, a brand new sensory friendly LEGO® experience on the first Saturday of every month.


Little City - Children's Programs

1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
Main Campus: 847-358-5510
700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago office: 773-265-1539

Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports and therapy, and foster care/adoption services.


Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)

(847) 392-2848
3000 W. Central Rd., Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

NWSRA exists to provide outstanding recreation for children and adults with disabilities. See website for current programming.


Right Fit Willowbrook

Bradley LaRocque
7101 Adams St #7, Willowbrook, IL 60527
630-850-4050
brad@right-fit.com

Right Fit provides fitness and wellness services to individuals with special needs including intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome.


Shedd Aquarium’s Calm Waters

1200 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605
312-939-2438

Calm Waters is an exclusive event for guests with disabilities to explore Shedd Aquarium’s exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting environment.


Sky High Sports

6424 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714
(847) 801-5867
nilinfo@jumpskyhigh.com

Sky High Sports welcomes jumpers with special needs, along with their siblings, family, and friends the first Tuesday of every month from 3-6 p.m for a unique jump session.