of Special Recreation
M-NASR is now offering both in-person and virtual programming
Check out our latest program brochures by clicking here.
Our REConnections seasonal newsletter for participants is now online. Click here to view it.
For updates on the latest COVID-19 guidelines, please scroll down to our News & Events section or click here.
How to reach us
- By phone. Call 847-966-5522. Staff are available between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
- By email. For a directory of staff emails and phone extensions, click here.
Who We Are
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) has been providing fun, recreational, and beneficial opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1972. Today we serve over 1,300 children and adults in more than 600 programs, trips, and special events each year. Programming options include recreational or competitive sports, exercise, cultural arts, general recreation, bowling, swimming, and more! In addition, individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in their home park district may benefit from our inclusion services.
M-NASR offers programming and services to individuals with disabilities living within our seven member districts:
The Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and through advocacy and awareness, promoting a successful leisure lifestyle for individuals with disabilities.
NEWS & EVENTS
Posted July 29, 2021: Face Mask Requirement Updates (Indoor Programming and Activities)
M-NASR has been continually following recommendations from the CDC, IDPH and our risk management agency regarding COVID-19. The latest guidance recommends that individuals, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. As of July 29, Cook County has reached metrics to fall into the “substantial” category.
Effective Friday, July 30, M-NASR staff and participants, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face masks while attending any M-NASR indoor programs.
Posted June 10, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Guidelines
In response to updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and with the updated Executive Order released by Governor Pritzker on May 17, M-NASR is updating its programming guidelines and eligibility requirements as well as mask requirements for participants as related to COVID-19. Please read this letter from our Executive Director, Trisha Breitlow, for full details. After reading it, if you are interested in learning more about or registering for the summer programs mentioned, please click here.
Posted May 19, 2021: Update on COVID-19 Guidelines
With updates from the CDC as well as Governor Pritzker advising that masks are no longer necessary for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the M-NASR Administrative team is continuing to review its procedures and eligibility requirements. Please note that additional guidelines factor into our programming decisions, along with considerations for each of the facilities we utilize. We are continuing to navigate these, but we are hopeful to have updates regarding mask requirements as well as program eligibility requirements prior to summer programs starting. M-NASR’s goal is to provide additional and more services as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience.
For the remainder of spring programs (through May 30), no changes to our current procedures will be implemented.