Adapted Recreation Area
An unused wasteland between buildings was transformed into a productive, cutting edge adapted physical recreation area in the Fall of 2016. The “High Fives” area and program is designed to improve the overall health of individuals living with disabilities.
Program participants have eagerly taken part in the program. The staff has witnessed some impressive results among several participants previously challenged by anger management issues, utilizing the outdoor area. Some clients, who often prefer isolation to social interaction, are now choosing to play outdoors with other participants. Increased physical activity is known to provide overall health benefits, as well as numerous physical, psychological, cognitive benefits and an improvement of their communication skills.
There is a significant disparity in the level of physical activity participation among people with disabilities in comparison to those without a disability. Approximately 56% of adults with disabilities report no leisure physical activity. The lack of physical activity among this population places them at greater risk for the chronic illnesses. Many of these chronic conditions (fatigue, obesity, social isolation, reconditioning) can be improved with increases of physical activity.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Clark McCain of The Coleman Foundation, The Douglas Center Board Members and Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie. Other special guests attending the High Fives grand opening included Nate Parsons of Sports Court Midwest, Tran Nguyen, Senate Aide to Senator Richard Durbin.
Since the program’s inception, The Douglas Center staff has witnessed remarkable results among many of the participants.
This space was made possible by grants from the Coleman Foundation, Field Foundation and the expertise of the folks at Sports Court Midwest.
A special thank you for generous the in-kind donations from Home Depot-Evanston, Uline and Corky’s Catering.