The Worth Park District does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination in the provision of programs, services or activities to individuals with disabilities. All Worth residents with special needs are encouraged to take advantage of the programs, special events and trips offered by SWSRA(South West Special Recreation Association.) They are committed to meeting the unique needs of individuals with special needs. The Worth Park District will reimburse 100% of the costs associated with the activity. If inclusion assistance is needed within a Worth Park District program, please make sure to identify such needs at the time of registration.
|South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA)
12521 S. Kostner Avenue, Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: 708-389-9423 Fax: 708-389-6458
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
SWSRA Board of Directors
SWSRA Administrative Staff
|Jeanette Huber, Alsip Park District
Bob Manthei, Blue Island Park District
Joe Vallez, Justice Park District
Brenda Dziallo, Village of Merrionette Park
Evelyn Gleason, Midlothian Park District
Mike Leonard, Palos Heights Parks & Recreation
TJ Whitcomb, Posen Park District
Vacant, Summit Park District
Carlo Capalbo, Worth Park District
Justin Waters, Marketing Coordinator
The Worth Park District has a cooperative agreement with the South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA)to provide a recreation choice for people with disabilities.
South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA) is a special recreation cooperative comprised of the following communities: Alsip, Blue Island, Justice, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Palos Heights, Posen, Summit and Worth. SWSRA was formed in 1981 to provide year-round quality recreation programs and services for individuals with disabilities or special needs. SWSRA programs are designed to increase independence and enhance the quality of life for each individual.
SWSRA is now in its 28th year of providing recreation for special populations in the south suburban area. A wide variety of programs are available for individuals from early childhood through adulthood. The programs are designed to meet the individual recreation needs of any person who is in special education classes, participates in a sheltered workshop, is referred to SWSRA from a local hospital or rehabilitation center, or who's special needs restrict or prohibit their participation in traditional park district setting. This would include individuals who have varying degrees of physical or mental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, attention deficit disorders, hearing or visual impairments.
SWSRA offers a wide variety of programs, sports (including participation in Special Olympics Illinois), special events, trips and summer camps. Participants of SWSRA not only have fun, but also make friends, increase physical activity, enjoy new experiences and refine their social and life skills.
The programs offered are diverse, with the intention of making activities available for all ability levels. Here is just a sampling of what SWSRA offers: Social Clubs, Aerobics, Bowling, Aquacize, Drama & Dance & much more!
Special Events/Trips: include major sporting events, plays, musicals, dances, restaurants, vacation trips, and many more exciting outings! We're always changing!
Special Olympic Programs: year round Special Olympic training programs are offered at SWSRA. Programs vary per season: Softball, Bowling, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball and more!
Inclusion: some people with disabilities prefer to have recreation opportunities in traditional recreation programs with people who do not have disabilities. To meet this need, SWSRA provides training, support staff and assistance to partner park districts and local recreation departments so inclusive recreation can be enjoyed by all!