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  • WDSRA Adult Day Program Opens at Central Athletics Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 1/29/18

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    January 15, 2018
    WDSRA Adult Day Program Opens at Central Athletics Complex
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 1/29/18
     
    DuPage County, IL-- Monday, 1/8/18, the doors to a sixth Rec & Roll location opened at the Central Athletic Complex in Wheaton. Rec & Roll is the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s (WDSRA) adult day program for people ages 22-55 with intellectual disabilities. Rec & Roll helps enhance their quality of life through purposeful recreation.
     
    The new location is a direct result of the partnership with the Wheaton Park District. The site is in the newly designed Central Athletics Complex (inside the gyms of the former Hubble Middle School property). See below for more.
     
    Rec & Roll Wheaton – Ribbon Cutting
    Monday, January 29th -- 1pm-2pm
    Central Athletic Complex
    500 S. Naperville Rd, Wheaton
    (Just north of Mariano’s—Entrance is door #5 on the west side of the building. Parking is north & east of the building).
    Great photo opportunity!
     
    Why Rec & Roll is Important to Residents
    “Individuals with special needs, from the time of diagnosis through the age of 22, receive support services through schools and doctors,” explains WDSRA Outreach Manager Dayell Houzenga. “At age 22 they age out of the school system and the bottom can kind of drop out. Day programs have become such an emerging need for our population. With the lack of any structured program in place, many people would be sitting at home with little or no activity. This can lead to depression and a regression of skills.”
     
    This is why the Rec & Roll program is so vital to adults with intellectual disabilities. Along with skill-building, social interaction, and leisure, independence is encouraged, too. Rec & Roll can keep adults moving forward in their development. “It allows our adult population that tends to be underemployed have a healthy program to keep them active and engaged and busy during the day,” said Houzenga. “We do all kinds of skill-building within it. There are components of social, fitness, arts & crafts, and volunteering.”
     
    New Rec & Roll Location—Wheaton Park District’s Central Athletics Complex
    Adapted from existing locker rooms, the indoor space will be a multipurpose room large enough for 10 to 12 participants, a small office for WDSRA staff, restrooms, kitchenette, AV equipment, and areas for crafts and activities.
     
    At the Central Athletic Complex, participants will be able to take advantage of the facility’s indoor basketball courts, turf fields, outdoor athletic fields and tennis court. With the close proximity to downtown Wheaton, participants will also be able to take advantage of the many downtown activities without needing transportation.
     
    “The Wheaton Park District has been so great. They have been very accommodating in creating this space for our residents,” said Houzenga. “We will also be able to utilize it for night and weekend programs. It may actually lead to more programming at the Central Athletic Complex in the future.”
     
    More on Rec & Roll
    This recreation based program focuses on socialization, community involvement, independence, and having FUN! Participants engage in meaningful activities everyday including: swimming, music therapy, animal therapy, art therapy, active games, exercise, and healthy cooking. The program runs year round and is offered Monday thru Friday from 9am-2pm. Participants can register for any combination and number of days per week. The flexibility is a particularly convenient feature for families.
     
    Therapeutic recreation uses education and recreation services to help people with disabilities develop new skills, reinforce current skills, learn to make leisure a part of their life, and enhance their quality of life. Rec & Roll focuses on leisure independence, social interaction, community integration, educational development, and service. Incorporated as a regular part of the program, participants work on daily living skills, computer training, fitness, music and art therapy, and more.
     
    Started in February 2005 with 4 participants, the program has grown to serve over 123 participants at 6 locations in Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, and Naperville. Four locations, including the new Wheaton location, are designed for adults who can function at a 1:6 ratio. The other two locations, for adults who can function at a 1:3 ratio, offer participants the additional support necessary to engage in everyday activities.
     
    Contacts
    For more information about Rec & Roll, contact Dayell Houzenga, Support Services Manager at dayellh@wdsra.com or 630-681-0962 ext552.
     
    For more information about the Wheaton Park District’s Central Athletic Complex, contact Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing, at mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org or 630-510-4984.
     
    For more information on Rec & Roll, https://www.wdsra.com/wdsra-programs/rec-roll-program/.
     
    For more information about the Wheaton Park District’s Central Athletic Complex, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/central-athletic-complex.        
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    WDSRA 
    Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) provides engaging, community-based recreational programs and inclusion services for children, teens, and adults with special needs. WDSRA offers Special Olympics, adapted sports, dance and art programs, camps, trips, special events, and more. WDSRA’s mission, the development of individuals through recreation, makes it possible for the more than 4,500 individuals served to grow personally, connect with their community and discover their potential.
    WDSRA is an award winning organization and a cooperative extension of nine park districts serving the communities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Roselle, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.
     

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