Special Programs for People with Special Needs
What is Fox Valley Special Recreation Association?
The Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) was formed in 1976 to provide a diverse range of year-round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy, and playful lifestyles, and is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, and Sugar Grove Park Districts, and the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. Programs are designed to include opportunities that will enhance skill development and socialization, encourage self-awareness and community exploration, promote independence through personal choice of least restrictive environments, and provide a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment.
When are programs offered?
FVSRA provides year-round Therapeutic Recreation Services including General Programs, Special Olympics Sports, Leisure Education, Day Camp, Special Events, Travel Opportunities, Individualized Programming, and Social Programs. All participants receive a Therapeutic Recreation Assessment upon registering to assist with proper placement within FVSRA programs. Program brochures are published three times per year– Summer, Fall and Winter/Spring.
Who can register for programs?
Any individual with a disability may register for FVSRA programs. Residents of the seven Member Agencies are eligible to register for programs at the resident fee. Non-residents may also register but pay a higher non-resident registration fee. Certain programs also accept registration of siblings within the same program. Programs are offered for all age groups and ability levels.
Where are the programs offered?
Through an excellent working relationship with seven Member Agencies, FVSRA is able to offer participants programs at a variety of fine Member Agency facilities. Programs are held at many different locations. Transportation pick-up points are located in each Member Agency Community to provide participants easier access to programs.
How is FVSRA governed?
FVSRA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from each of the seven Member Agencies. The staff includes an Executive Director, an Assistant Director, a Superintendant of Recreation, four Recreation Managers, three Recreation Coordinators, two Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, a Marketing and Design Coordinator, a Human Resources Manager, a Business Manager, an Office Supervisor, a Customer Service Representative and Part-time staff and Volunteers to assist with the program operations.
Financial resources come from the Special Recreation Tax levied by the seven Member Park Districts, fundraising, donations and the nominal registration fees charged for programs. Residents will not be denied the opportunity to participate because of financial need. Scholarship applications are available upon request and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.