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Bruce H. Lee School Of Martial Arts
2202 B N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
(630) 582-1975


Exercise Connection Corporation
Autism Fitness Specialist
David S. Geslak, B.S. CSCS
1871 N. Clybourn Ave., Suite 205
Chicago, IL 60614

Communication Clubhouse
2901 Finely Rd. Ste.102
Downers Grove, Il 60515

Chicago Clubhouse
4985 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, Il


The Diveheart Foundation was founded in Early 2001 and is a non-profit tax exempt 501 (C) (3) national organization chartered in the state of Illinois. The purpose of Diveheart is to provide and support educational SCUBA diving and snorkeling experience programs that are open to any child, adult, or veteran with a disability with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

It is the “CAN DO” spirit that Diveheart hopes to instill in all its participants by giving them the confidence and independence that allows them to face their own life challenges and overcome barriers that before might have seemed insurmountable.
Through SCUBA diving, the Diveheart Foundation supports and facilitates programs that teach children and adults with disabilities to fly. Thanks to the wonder of the water column, the oceans and lakes of the world become the forgiving weightless environment of outer space, giving perfect buoyancy to a child or adult who would otherwise struggle on land.

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
Game location: Dan Ryan Woods
87th and Western
(773) 871-7761
Cook County
Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate successfully on mainstream teams. Coaches and youth volunteers needed.
When: Depending on the division your child is playing in, games are either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Practices are at 6:30 p.m. and games immediately following at 7:00 p.m. Summer season begins: June through August.
Ages: 4-18.
Cost: $25 for VIP program.
Financial aid is available. Pre-register online at Make sure you specify Region 423 on your form (VIP program for player with exceptional needs (this may be physical or mental)). Children and adults are welcome.
No wait list.

Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.
Bowling Club
Mary Beth Mayer
3105 N. Wilke Rd., Ste. H
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690, ext. 127
Cook County
Teen Dreams Bowling Club for teens with special needs offers a chance to meet new people, learn to bowl and have some fun.
When: Meets on Mondays, 3-5 p.m. (starts mid-May for 6 weeks).
Ages: 13 and up.
Cost: call for details.
No wait list.

Asperger Teen and Young Adult Social Group Bowling Outing
Contact: Bev Mills at (815) 735-1208.
Where: Lemont Lanes, Inc.
1015 State St.
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-5426
Cook County
When: August 2, 2009 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $3.50 per game; $3 show rental. After bowling, group will have dinner at a local restuarant.
Dinner location: Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria
(right next door to bowling alley).
1015 State St.
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-9536
Cook County
Cost for lunch/dinner: $10-$15 or so per person.
RSVP online or contact Bev Mills.

Autism Speaks – Chicago Chapter
Susan Tybon
2700 S. River Rd., Ste. 203
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(224) 567-8573
All counties
Special movie screenings in theaters.
Cost: $10 (includes movie, popcorn and drink).

Brickology – Legos
Beth Weis

Deerfield Park District
836 Jewett Park Dr.
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 494-5346
Cook County
Monthly team-building projects with Legos for children with Asperger’s disorder and siblings. Provides social, emotional, cognitive and motor enrichment skills to children.
When: Meets the 1st Saturday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up.
No fee.
No wait list.

Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove
Contact: Mike Katz
Games played at: Twin Creeks Park
401 E. Aptakisic Rd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(847) 630-4358
Cook County
When: Begins May 2 through July 3, 2009.
2 age groups: 5-16 and 17 and up.
Cost: $100, scholarships are available. Cost includes major league uniforms – baseball mitts not included.
No wait list.

Chicago White Sox Kids Club
Chicago White Sox

333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 674-5504
Cook County
All-Star membership receive: official membership card, welcome postcard from Ozzie Guillen, White Sox gym bag, stopwatch, jump rope, baseball cap, stickers, temporary tattoos, baseball cards (set of six) featuring current players, and 4 ticket coupons redeemable for Upper Reserved seats.
Slugger membership receive: official membership certificate, welcome postcard from Ozzie Guillen, White Sox temporary tattoos, baseball cards, 2009 Poster and 2 ticket coupons redeemable for Upper Reserved seats.
Ages: 0-12.
Cost: $35 for All-Star membership.
Cost: free for Slugger membership.
Membership is valid through 10/4/09.

Chicago White Sox vs. LA Angels
Where: U.S. Cellular Field

333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
Cook County
Come out for a night at the ballpark and help raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks. A portion of every ticket purchased will go towards creating awareness of autism.
When: Tuesday, August 4 at 7:11 p.m.
Cost: $30 (lower reserved)
$19 (upper box)
$15 (upper reserved)
Purchase tickets by July 15, 2009 and you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Chicago White Sox item autographed by Ozzie Guillen. Learn more.

Communication Clubhouse
Karate for Every-Body!

2901 Finley Rd., Ste. 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
(630) 495-6800
Exercise, coordination, balance, motor planning, and stength–helps children of all abilities develop focus, attention, and self-control. Participants should be independent in group.
When: Meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 4-10.
Cost: call for rates and upcoming dates.
Joing at any time.

Elk Grove Gymnastics School (EGGS)
Gymnastics Program for Special Needs

Contact: Glen Marks
775 Bonnie Ln.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 437-EGGS
Cook County
Offers training from highly skilled safety certified staff for athletes with special needs. Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will play at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.
Ages: 6 and up.
Cost: depends on beginner/intermediate/advanced level and how many times a child visits facility per week. Call for details.
No wait list.

Focus Martial Arts and Fitness
Jim O’Hara
9342 Virginia Rd.
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(847) 458-0938
McHenry County
“Focus on Special Needs” is the basis of the martial arts program. Goal is to identify and highlight the gifts of each student and to make a difference in their lives using karate.
When: Meets on Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Ages: 5-18.
Cost: $55 (per month).
No wait list.

Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Jen Borrowman
2121 W. Indian Tr.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1114
Kane County
Provides year-round community-based therapeutic recreation services including general programs, Special Olympics sports, leisure education, special events, travel opportunities, individualized programming and social programs.
Ages: 3-18.
Eligible districts: North/Aurora, Fox Valley, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Montgomery, Oswegoland and Sugar Grove.
Program fee varies; scholarships available. Non-residents are welcome but will pay a higher program registration fee.

Special Needs Playtime

14511 S. Van Dyke Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 609-6360
Will County
GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports. Must bring waiver, download here. Gymquest had offered to set-up a special time for their group to come and play each month. Meetup Mothers of Autism (Aspergers, SPD, PDD-NOS) group will do this event every month.
When: July 12, 2009 at 10 a.m. to noon.
Ages: 6 months to 17 years.
Cost: $10 per child or $20 a family.
No wait list.

Have Dreams
Instructional Swimming (Park Ridge Community Center)

Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Hwy., Ste. 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
Have Dreams offers three levels of swim instruction, that includes beginner, advanced beginner, and advanced swim instruction. The swimming instructor will assess and determine appropriate individual goals at the on-set of the program.
Meets on Tuesdays from 4:10 to 6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Other Programs at Have Dreams:
Special Olympics Aquatics

This program is designed for advanced swimmers geared toward competition. Swimmers must be proficient in deep water and have a working concept of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. This program includes: healthy living unit, warm-up, stroke technique, endurance training and working together as a team. Athletes are training to compete at the local meet. Swimmers must be at least eight years of age.
When: Meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Special Olympics Track & Field
Track and field athletes will work on skills within the area of running, throwing, jumping, and participate in a sports station. This program includes: healthy living/sports unit, endurance training, and teamwork. Athletes are training to compete at the local meet. Athletes must be at least eight years of age.
When: Meets on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 8 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
High Ridge YMCA

2424 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 876-2535
Cook County
Volunteer led organization that provides free one to one recreational opportunities for children with mental and physical disabilities, such as autism and other developmental delays. Sports, swimming programs, and much more.
When: Swim and sports program meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, from 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m.
No fee.
Wait list for swim program only.

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Location varies for each program. See below for details.

(847) 392-2848
Provides a full array of recreation services to children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities within 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

When: Call for upcoming bowling dates (3:30 to 5 p.m.).
Ages: 16 and up.
Bowling programs are developed for a fun, social experience, while instructors give bowling points and tips. If a structured lesson is desired, please consult with the instructor. Participants will be assigned to lanes according to their age, skill and ability level. Includes 2 games of bowling.
Cost: varies, door-to door transportation available for an extra fee.

Track and Field: Call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 8-15, meets on Wednesdays at 5-5:45 p.m.
16 and up, meets meets on Wednesdays at 6-6:45 p.m.
Program offers an opportunity to train for peak performance. An increase in strength, coordination and flexibility are all benefits of this program.
Cost: $22.50.

Busy Bodies: call for upcoming dates, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ages: 13 and up.
Socialize with friends, play games, swim and create crafts. The group will have a structured day of activities with an hour of swim time each day. A schedule of field trips will be distributed the first week.
Cost: $35

Evening Workout: call for upcoming dates, Mondays, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Ages: 21 and up.
Workout class with low and high impact exercises, stretching and a cool down. The class will help tone and strengthen muscles while working on cardiovascular fitness. Ratio is 1 staff to 7 participants.
Cost: $22.50.

Fitness and Swim: call for upcoming dates, Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 18 and up.
Includes 45 minutes of activities promoting fitness and 45 minutes of water exercise. Ratio is 1 staff to 7 participants.
Cost: $26.25.

Pediatric Developmental Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Margo Chavez
3040 N. Wilton, 2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-5676
Cook County
On-going exercise and recreational activities group.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Premier Gymnastics
2066 Mitchell Dr.
Oswego, IL 60543

(630) 554-7480
Kendall County
Open gym time for children with autism. Jump, swing, climb and tumble.
When: Call for upcoming dates (9-10:30 a.m.).
Ages: 5-12.
Cost: $10 per child with one adult.
No pre-registration needed.

Special Needs Baseball Team
Alex Cruz, Founder/President
Rose McDonough, League Secretary
Jose Rivera

Humbolt Park
1400 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Cook County
(773) 653-0215 – Alex
(773) 318-3565 – Jose
(773) 777-4292 – Rose
Special needs baseball for children and adolescents starting in May. Siblings are encouraged to attend and participate.
Games will be held on Sundays. Time and date to be announced.
Ages: 5-18.
No cost to join and uniforms are supplied.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Miracle Field Baseball League

Where: Miracle Field
304 E. Pine St.
Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 681-0962 (WDSRA)
DuPage County
The Miracle League Baseball program provides fun for children with autism, physical and developmental disabilities. This program exposes children to the total baseball experience making plays in the outfield and running the bases with a volunteer buddy cheering them on. Children with special needs are not the only people who benefit from the program. The buddy program partners youth players and community volunteers with the players providing necessary assistance and encouragement. The game is played with five principals including each player bats once per inning, all base runners are safe, every player scores before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run), each team and players wins every game and the game is limited to 1 hour or three innings.
When: Mondays, June 15 through July 20 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $46. Scholarships are available.
No wait list. Register now.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Inclusion Services

(630) 681-0962
If someone with special needs would prefer to participate in their hometown’s park district class rather than WDSRA, we can assist the park district staff with either training on the individual’s needs for the class, or provide an additional staff or interpreter when needed. There is no additional charge for participants to receive this assistance. WDSRA’s goal is to build towards an individual’s independence in their local park district, recreation department or community program. For more information, please contact Tammy Kerrins, Amanda Miller or Angie Kooima at (630) 681-0962.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Tumbling and Movement

Where: Naperville Gymnastics Club
1743 Quincy Ave., Ste. 111
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 416-7114 (Naperville Gymnastics Club) or
(630) 681-0962 (WDSRA)
DuPage County
Program for children who have an autism spectrum disorder; participants will exercise and burn some energy in a fun and safe environment. Walk on the balance beam, climb through the foam pit, or jump on the trampoline. Wear clothes that are easy to move around in. A Boardmaker picture schedule will be used to promote structure and communication.
When: Saturdays, call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 7-15.
Cost: $50. Scholarships are available.
No wait list.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Boardmaker Communication
(630) 681-0962
Boardmaker Communication picture schedules are available for the use in WDSRA’s autism spectrum disorder programs. Boardmaker can help individuals who cannot speak and is used as a tool for designing and printing augmentative communication tables. The software supplies a complete dictionary of picture communication symbols (PCS) from Mayer-Johnson, with verbal labels in various languages. Please contact the WDSRA office and they will be happy to set up the communication tool to meet your child’s individual needs.

Funtastics Gymnastics Programs
North Shore Gymnastics
27825 Irma Lee Circle
Lake Forest, IL 60045

The American Academy of Gymnastics
280 Palatine Road
Wheeling, Il 60090

The Little Gym of Gurnee
101 Ambrogio Drive
Gurnee, Il 60031

Please do not contact our facilities for information regarding Funtastic Gymnastic programs as they do not have all the details. Contact us or call 1.414.254.2291

Special Olympics
605 E. Willow
Normal IL 61761
Phone: 309.888.2551, ext. 220
Fax: 309.888.2577

BGRA Baseball
P.O. Box 7105
Buffalo Grove IL 60089
Phone: 847.919.9200

Marshall Packowitz
P.O. Box 7874
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
(H) 847.459.8777
(C) 847.274.8777
Fax: 847.459.3535

Right Fit Sports Fitness Wellness
7101 South Adams Street, Unit 7
Willowbrook, Illinois 60527
Your Goals…Our Goals!

Autism Movement Therapist
Evolve Dance Company

2615 N. Mulford
Rockford, IL 61114

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