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Rockford Area Autism/Special Needs Training and Support Group Community Calendar

Calendar 06.10.15

Special Olympics

Regional office providing multiple programs and competitions for special needs athletes.

  • 904 Myrtle Avenue
    Dixon, IL 61021
  • Phone: 815-288-2939
  • Fax: 815-288-2939
  • Rockford Office

  • P.O. Box 17017
    Rockford, IL 61110
  • Phone: 815-965-3795

Northlands Association for Special Recreation

Cooperative Program between the Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford Park Districts offering therapeutic and recreation programs to children with disability-related special needs. Programs offered through member district at resident rate. See below for specific contact information for Rockford and Belvidere Park Districts.

Belvidere Park District- Special Recreation

Offers specialty/therapeutic programs for children with special needs via NASR as noted above.

  • 1006 West Lincoln Avenue
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-5711

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Rockford Park District- Therapeutic Recreation Department

The Therapeutic Recreation team of the Rockford Park District is committed to providing community based recreation to promote the development, maintenance, and expression of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities. We deliver our services promoting and/or providing access, inclusion, specialty recreation, leisure education, and skill development.

  • 401 S. Main Street, Suite 108
    Rockford IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-987-1606
    TTY: 888-871-6171
  • Fax: 15-987-1607

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BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center

Offers equine (horse) therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, and carriage driving programs for individuals with various disabilities and their families starting at 4 years of age. Also offers traditional speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services at the Poplar Grove site.

  • 4950 Route 173
    Poplar Grove, IL 61063
  • Phone: 815-765-2113
  • Fax: 815-765-0003


  • 7319 Maxon Road
    Harvard, IL 60033
  • Phone: 815-943-8226
  • Fax: 815-943-8426

BraveHearts 2013 HPOT Brochure

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Catch the Wave Swim Club

Catch the Wave is dedicated to serving the community by developing water safety skills and services that improve health and quality of life. Learning to swim is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and/or our children. Catch the Wave Swim Club will provide the skills necessary for each child to be safer in and around the water.

Our specialized autism swim program uses firm and direct instruction with high praise and reward as well as visual aids and other effective techniques practiced by top autism swim programs in the United States. Together we can create a fun and safe environment in and around with water for children with autism.

GiGi’s Playhouse- Rockford Down Syndrome Awareness Center

Offers programs for children and adults, including their families, with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Programs include literacy, crawlers, 0-2, walkers, hop-skip and jumpers, playhouse pals, kids club, open play, and parent orientation. Works to educate people about and empower people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Developmental therapists, OT, PT, speech therapy involved, but not in place of therapy services. No fees. M-F 10-2 and other select times.

  • 8801 North 2nd Street, Suite 2
    Machesney Park, IL 61115
  • Phone: 815-654-7529

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