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Everyone should have access to Park District programs regardless of their family’s financial situation. SMILE (Scholarships Mean For all to play Involvement in Leisure for Everyone) Grant- in-Aid, a program of the Parks Foundation of Highland Park, was established in 1992 to enable families in need of financial assistance the chance to “SMILE” and participate in Park District programs. With support from residents and local businesses, the Foundation raises money each year to fund this grant-in-aid program through private and corporate donations. In the last year, over $100,000 in grants were awarded to over 85 Highland Park families through this worthwhile program. Apply for SMILE Grant-in-Aid An application form (in English or Spanish) requesting detailed financial information is available at West Ridge Center or can be downloaded from our website at pdhp.org. Forms must be completed and submitted to the Registration office at West Ridge Center. All SMILE Grant-in-Aids are awarded on the basis Services to Residents with Disabilities Park District of Highland Park is a partner with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). Formed in 1970, NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago and provides and facilitates year- round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. NSSRA offers recreation, sport, cultural, social programs and events available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction of being the first Special Recreation Association in the country. We believe that everyone should have the chance to try something new. This means you have the opportunity to participate in any one of NSSRA’s nearly 500 annual programs, or that you have the opportunity to participate in one of Park District of Highland Park’s programs with the assistance of an NSSRA Inclusion companion. Inclusion Services Park District program Inclusion Services are available to residents with special needs at no additional cost to the family. Inclusion services may include, when necessary, staff training, program modifications/adaptations, modified equipment and program observations. Reasons to Request Inclusion Services • A parent or family member recognizes that a participant would benefit from additional support in a Park District program • Park District staff identifies a need for additional support, for safety and programmatic reasons, and communicates this need to the family of need and availability of Grant-in-Aid Programs at the time of application. Upon submission of a grant request, families will be notified in 10 working days of their grant status. Questions regarding the SMILE Grant-In-Aid program may be directed to Stephanie Rendler at 847.579.3133 or srendler@pdhp.org. Donate to SMILE Grant-in-Aid If you would like to make a donation to support this important program, you can: • Check the SMILE donation box on your registration form when registering for a program in-person and include the donation amount with your payment. • Click on the “Donate to SMILE” category when registering for a program online and you can pay for your donation at checkout. • Download the SMILE Donation Form from our website, pdhp.org and mail with payment to: Parks Foundation of Highland Park 636 Ridge Road Highland Park, IL 60035. Help us reach our goal! Requesting Inclusion Services When registering for a Park District of Highland Park program for the first time: • Mark the accommodation section of the registration form to indicate that the participant will require assistance from NSSRA • Once your registration form is submitted, the Park District will contact you to discuss the type of Inclusion support needed for the participant • The Park District will provide NSSRA with an Inclusion request that contains both program and participant information • You will be contacted by NSSRA to discuss the needs of the participant and get input on the type of support required • NSSRA will work with the park district to put the necessary Inclusion accommodations in place for participation in the desired program(s) • Communication between you, NSSRA, Park District staff continues throughout the Inclusion process For more information, regarding Park District Inclusion Services contact: Natalie Liang, 847.579.3131, or nliang@pdhp.org. Meggan Davies, Recreation Manager for Inclusion, NSSRA 847.509.9400 x6828 • mdavies@nssra.org For more information about Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) go to nssra.org 3105 MacArthur Blvd. • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847.509.9400 Summer 2019 • Park District of Highland Park 9 SMILE (Scholarships Mean Involvement in Leisure for Everyone!) Grant-in-Aid Program