The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF) recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA). The grant will fund the necessary support that will allow children with developmental disabilities to have a successful summer camp experience.
WDSRA is a collaborative agreement between nine park districts in the Western suburbs of Chicago that work together to provide recreational choices to people with disabilities. WDSRA believes that any individual with a disability should be included in community recreational opportunities at their highest level of ability and should enjoy full access to their community.
“We are very excited about this grant and the support it will give WDSRA. It is another step in our effort to bring an inclusive summer camp experience to children across the nation,” said Kristy Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, TBAF.
In 2005, WDSRA assisted with the inclusion of 859 children. The grant will target children ages 3-13 with developmental disabilities and will give WDSRA the ability to serve more children.
"Due to the generosity of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, children with disabilities will have the support necessary in order to take part in and experience summer day camp at their local YMCA/Park District,” said Peggy Wilson, manager of special projects.
Partnering with the Park Districts, WDSRA offers assistance to any individual with a disability who registers for a Park District program. This may include providing Park District staff training or a WDSRA staff member to assist during the program. There is no additional charge for participants to receive this assistance.