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2023 Activities

Last year, we offered incredible activities for people with various interests. Below, you'll discover a description of each one. We're thrilled to let you know that this year, we will be bringing back similar activities for everyone to take part in.

 

Get ready for another incredible event full of fun and excitement!

2023 Activities included:

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NWCSRA Sensory Room

A brand new room full of engaging sensory opportunities.


Reduce stress, anxiety, and pain, increase leisure skills, and de-escalate heightened emotions in this safe place to discover, engage, and grow.

ZotArtz Adaptive Black Light Painting

Zot Artz adaptive tools and assistive technology transform  wheelchairs into huge paintbrushes and people of all abilities and ages can stamp, draw, and print to make their mark on a 40' x 50' canvas with glow paint in black light.  Everyone can make a print to take home.

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GoalBall

This is the most popular team sport for individuals with visual impairments. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. All are blindfolded during this game to allow individuals of all levels of vision to participate.

Wheelchair Basketball

This is the world’s most popular accessible sport. Using a sports chair allows athletes extra speed, ergonomics and mobility. Explore the basics of this fun and challenging sport through fun, interactive games. Chairs available for use on the day of the event.

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Beep Baseball

Beep Baseball also known as Beep Ball is similar to traditional baseball, with some modifications. we use a modified 16 inch softball with a rechargeable battery and speaker built in that emits a beeping sound throughout the game, the “Beep Ball”. Our Bases are 4 foot high padded cylinders that also have speakers that bake a buzzing sound. Because there are varying degrees of blindness ALL players are required to wear a blindfold, thus using their hearing to play the game.

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is a fast paced, full-contact, mixed-team sport for male and female athletes. Players compete in manual wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport. It is a contact sport where collisions between wheelchairs form a major part of the game. Wheelchair rugby combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. 

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Adaptive Rock Climbing

Depending on each individual's ability level, various rope systems, specialty harnesses, and ascenders designed for climbing are utilized by folks with ranging physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.

Tabletop Sensory Clay Play

Participants joined us for some rolling, squishing, molding, and decorating! They explored the different properties of clay while creating their own critter. Activities are all at table top height, wheelchair accessible and will have various adaptations
to ensure an inclusive experience.

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Vision Screenings & Free Popcorn

The Lions Club is actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired. To this end, they will be providing free vision screenings and popcorn during the event.

Theraputic Drumming

Therapeutic Drumming utilizes drumming as a means to access a transformative healing process.  Connecting participants to a deeper part of themselves and to the larger world around them, therapeutic drumming is an ancient approach to healing that focuses on self-expression.

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Art & Disability - Featured Artist

Featured a display of fine art prints sponsored by the Bolingbrook Arts Council. Reveca Torres is also the founder and Executive Director of BACKBONES, an organization helping people with spinal cord injury and disabilities. She uses painting, illustration, photography, film, movement, and other media as a form of expression and a tool for advocacy and social justice.

Bookmobile

The Fountaindale Public Library is committed to inclusion. They'll be onsite with their wheelchair-accessible bookmobile showcasing library resources and information on services for individuals with disabilities.

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Equine Therapy

You will have an opportunity to get to know about these amazing animals and learn about yourself in the process by petting and grooming them.

This form of non-mounted psychotherapy integrates the unique intuitive power of horses in a safe, interactive environment.

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