This year we are celebrating a half century of M-NASR
Since 1972 our purpose has been clear
To support children, teens and adults with disabilities
In their recreational pursuits
Cheers to M-NASR participants, families and communities
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Maine-Niles Association

of Special Recreation



M-NASR is now offering both in-person and virtual programming

Check out our latest program brochures by clicking here.

For updates on the latest COVID-19 guidelines, please see the News & Events section.


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:

Des Plaines Park DistrictGolf-Maine Park DistrictMorton Grove Park DistrictNiles Park DistrictPark Ridge Park DistrictSkokie Park DistrictVillage of Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation


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.



Posted January 6, 2022: COVID-19 Update

As you are aware the Cook County Department of Public Health issued their new mandate order to take effect on January 3, 2022.  In this order Special Recreation Associations are listed as exempt from having to show vaccination status when entering park district facilities. At this time participants who will be attending a M-NASR program at a park district facility will not be required to show proof of vaccination. This exemption is specific for individuals attending the M-NASR program.

We are currently working with private entities and commercial businesses (i.e., bowling alleys) to obtain information on how they will be implementing this new mandate. Therefore, there may be specific programs that require participants to provide proof of vaccination. An example of this would be, Paramount Theatre requests that all guests provide proof of vaccination or proof of negative test within 72 hours of the performance at the time of entry.

As we receive this information, we will provide the families with the specific protocols for those businesses. We understand that this new mandate may change your ability to participate in specific programs with M-NASR. If that is the case, please reach out to us and we will discuss other opportunities we may have or provide you with a reimbursement for the program.

Please read the full order by clicking here.

For individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify a M-NASR full-time staff. M-NASR will require a medical note releasing them prior to the return of programming. If it is determined a participant has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19, (meaning have been within 6 feet of them for a cumulative of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period) M-NASR will ask that the participant remains home and test on the day 5. M-NASR will work with local health officials and communicate details as needed with participants and families while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the event of an outbreak those considered at risk or who may have come into contact will be notified. To protect the identity of the person infected, only necessary details regarding the situation will be communicated. M-NASR asks that all participants and families cooperate in any investigation or tracing efforts M-NASR may conduct.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work on the new orders that have been implemented.


Posted November 15, 2021: ePACT Information



Click to read more information about ePACT (PDF)


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