The people of the 39th District are fortunate to have Don Harmon as our state senator. He has a strong commitment to education and to our disabled citizens. One of the many bills which he has sponsored increased funding for special recreation initiatives. Because of Sen. Harmon’s efforts, West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA, which serves Oak Park and River Forest, as well as Berwyn, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, and Norridge) was able to enroll 40 additional children in summer camp. These children had been on a waiting list.

For the families of these kids, day camp can be a life-saver. For some of the parents, it means they are able to continue working during the summer, knowing their child is well-cared for, at least during that portion of the day. For others, it allows some needed respite from the care of their special needs child.

And for the children, special recreation means fun and friendship, the chance to be part of their community, and to build healthier bodies and minds. Attending day camp helps to prevent special needs children from regressing during the break from regular schooling. Activities provided by special recreation agencies, such as WSSRA, greatly enhance the quality of life for individuals who have disabilities and for their families.

Thanks, Sen. Harmon, for making special recreation available to so many additional people.

Karen Fischer
Oak Park

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