The Playground for Everyone is the first fully-inclusive playground in Elmhurst, and one of the first in DuPage county. Each year, the Elmhurst Park District budgets approximately $350,000 to replace one of its 18 playgrounds. In 2015, with the help and inspiration from Special Kids Day and the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation, a vision for a different kind of playground emerged and the plans for a 100% accessible playground began—a playground where children of all abilities could play together, which includes state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures that encourage play for children with mobility challenges and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. .

PAL Brookfield Zoo outing 2011

Bubble Tube at NEDSRA

Humanitarion Project

Snapshots of volunteers with food to help needy seniors stay independent through the Humanitarion Project.

NEDSRA Activities

Here are a couple of young men enjoying the calming effects of the bubble tube in the Sensory Room. 
NEDSRA's Sensory Room provides a safe, nurturing, person-centered, supportive environment for all participants.

Dear Friends and Family,

     Through the PAL Program, Lisa receives opportunities that we could only have dreamed about when she was younger. She is being taken to places she might never have seen and not alone but with the support of kind caregivers and friends.  She receives therapy and care that enable her to thrive, remain healthy and keep strong.  Her life is filled with joy and enriched every day as a result of your generous support,

                                                                                 With love and gratitude,

                                                                                  Mike, Colleen & Lisa

Butterfield Park "Playground for Everyone"

Andi's Window

From the community: Clare Woods Academy Receives Grant

Posted by Mike Gresk, Community Contributor

Community Contributor Mike Gresk

Clare Woods Academy been awarded a $2500.00 grant from the Andi Stelzner Fund of the DuPage Foundation. The money will allow the Academy to expand its "Friday Enrichment Program" for the students at the Wheaton-based school. The ongoing mission of Clare Woods Academy is to assist children and young adults with developmental and learning disabilities to become self-sufficient and self-directed in areas of personal growth, general health, education, social and emotional well-being and functional living skills. "This funding will allow the students to participate is wide range of activities, excursions and learning opportunities." stated Mr. John Utterback, Principal of CWA. "We are indeed grateful to the Andi Stelzner Fund of the DuPage Foundation for their generous support of our programming." he concluded. More information about Clare Woods Academy is available at To schedule a visit to the Wheaton campus, please call 630-289-4221

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