Recreation/Leisure

The central Illinois area has several organizations that provide social/recreational activities. These services are offered to individuals of all ages with special needs including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, hearing or visual limitations, and cognitive disabilities. In addition to the agencies listed below, consider the fact that many local park districts also provide recreational opportunities, with support if necessary.

Paws Giving Independence
Debbie O’Donnel
309-697-9667
business@givingindependence.org
PO Box 8572
Peoria, IL 61614
PGI trains service dogs to assist individuals with a variety of different disabilities.

Jump Start Gymnastics Kids In Motion Program
Trudy Schaffner
309-692-JUMP (5867)
trudys@jumpstartfun.com
8820 N. Industrial Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615
Sensory/motor/gymnastics program for children with special needs and challenges.

Penguin Project
Marta Bennett
309-634-1341
martaswonders@yahoo.com
811 E. Moneta Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
A Theatrical Production starring children and young adults with disabilities.

IRVSRA- Pekin Park District
Casey Smith
309-347-7275
caseysmith@pekinparkdistrict.org
1701 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Pekin Park District Special Needs Recreations and Special Olympics.

HISRA FOCUS Program
Amy Cundiff
309-691-1929
acundiff@peoriaparks.org
8727 N Pioneer Road
Peoria, IL 61615
Recreation program for adults M-Th from 9 am to 3 pm.

Hooked on Fishing
Dan Gannaway
309-219-3560
hookedonfishingpark@gmail.com
1807 B N. Main St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
We offer fishing opportunities for kids, special, needs, seniors and veterans.

Illinois Central College Penguin Players
Loyd Kirby
309-694-5113
arts@icc.edu
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
Performing arts for individuals with special needs.

Peoria Zoo
Jessica Slater
309-681-3513
zooed@peoriaparks.org
2320 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
Experience the Zoo up close and hands on through classes and tours

Forever Friends
Neomi Jenne
309-361-2632
neomileah@yahoo.com
5008 W. Hopewood Ln.
Peoria, IL 61607
Four moms fundraising for an all inclusive playground in East Peoria, IL at Neuman Park. Located across from CIRT and adjacent to Farm Park.

Central Illinois Riding Therapy
Jenna Walker
309-699-3710
jenna@cirt.info
305 Neumann Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
Horseback Riding Therapy and other Horse related activities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Peoria Area House of Speed
Eric Crowhurst
309-361-7879
crowrunt@yahoo.com
4200 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Peoria Area House of Speed offers Private Training, Weekly Clinics, Small Group Training, and Speed Camps for all ages and levels.

Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association
309-691-1929
hisra@peoriaparks.org
8727 N. Pioneer Road
Peoria, IL 61615
Recreation activities/inclusion services for people with disabilities.

Special Olympics Illinois
309-888-2012
605 E. Williow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Year-round sports training and athletic competition.

SPEC Special Persons Encounter Christ
Joan J. Adler
309-691-2995
njadler@sbcglobal.net
4601 N. Rosemead Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

Blue Ridge Community Farm
Laura Sniff
309-249-2499
blueridgecommunityfarm@gmail.com
21529 N. Blue Ridge Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Working farm for adults with special needs in Central Illinois.

Camp Big Sky
Brad Guidi
309-258-6002
exec@campbigsky.org
9928 W. Grange Hall Road
Princeville, IL 61559
Accessible outdoor opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

Heart of Illionis Special Recreation Association

www.peoriaparks.org/heart-of-illinois-special-recreation

Peoria Park District

www.peoriaparks.org

Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association

www.fondulacpark.com

Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

http://www.cicbvi.org