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.

Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association

Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association


8727 N. Pioneer Road

Peoria, IL 61615

Recreation activities/inclusion services for people with disabilities.

Camp Big Sky

Amanda Atchley


17185 McCord Rd

Fairview, IL 61432

Accessible outdoor opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

Peoria Park District

Other Recreation/Leisure

Jump Start Gymnastics Kids In Motion Program

Dawn Kocher

309-692-JUMP (5867)

8820 N. Industrial Rd.

Peoria, IL 61615

Sensory/motor/gymnastics program for children with special needs and challenges.

Penguin Project

Marta Bennett


811 E. Moneta Ave

Peoria Heights, IL 61616

A Theatrical Production starring children and young adults with disabilities.

IRVSRA- Pekin Park District

Shawna Burnice


1715 Dragon Dr.

Pekin, IL 61554

Pekin Park District Special Needs Recreations and Special Olympics.

Hooked on Fishing

Adam Singley


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


1 College Drive

East Peoria, IL 61635

Performing arts for individuals with special needs.

Peoria Zoo


2320 N. Prospect Rd.

Peoria, IL 61603

Experience the Zoo up close and hands on through classes and tours.

Central Illinois Riding Therapy


305 Neumann Drive

East Peoria, IL 61611

Horseback Riding Therapy and other Horse related activities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Special Olympics Illinois


605 E. Williow St.

Normal, IL 61761

Year-round sports training and athletic competition.

Blue Ridge Community Farm

Laura Sniff


21529 N. Blue Ridge Rd.

Chillicothe, IL 61523

Working farm for adults with special needs in Central Illinois.

Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired