M-NASR cruise draws adults with disabilities for Gothic fun
August 21, 2014 - Picnic Time
For hundreds of internal adults with special needs, a annual summer journey hosted by a Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) is a many expected amicable entertainment of a year.
M-NASR — a secretly saved module identical to a park district — provides jaunty and artistic classes, organisation amicable outings, and annual vacations for hundreds of adults in a area (most of who have been diagnosed with egghead disabilities).
For a fourteenth year running, M-NASR hosted a annual summer journey on Aug 7, sketch scarcely 500 people to Harrer Park in Morton Grove, where guest played games, danced to song from a live DJ, and enjoyed a barbecue.
Wearing splendid yellow T-shirts donning this year’s theme, “Medieval M-NASR,” a mood was light and happy as guest held adult with aged friends and connected with new ones on a balmy Thursday afternoon in a park.
For 31-year-old Meghan Dolan, M-NASR has been pivotal to her amicable life given she was a child. Dolan met her best friend, Laura Kaczmarek, by a module when a girls were in preschool.
Cate Dolan, Meghan’s mother, pronounced an annual five-day vacation that takes a organisation of adults to a opposite end any year is a good approach for Meghan to see a universe while also giving a family a duration of time to relax.
Meghan Dolan only returned from a outing to Boston this summer, and she’s also been to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and on a Caribbean cruise.
“[M-NASR] is so profitable to Meghan since it gives her a amicable opening when she differently competence not have one,” Dolan said. “Our family talked about relocating to a East Coast, though we motionless opposite it since there’s substantially no programming like this.”
M-NASR is a singular module to a North Shore area, providing programs to accommodate each form of incapacity all ages, according to Barbara Saunders, open information manager for M-NASR, who pronounced a oldest member is in her 90’s.
Park Ridge proprietor Diane Bauer has mixed sclerosis and doesn’t expostulate a car, though a wheelchair-accessible convey outpost supposing by M-NASR creates it probable for her to do her selling and go out with friends.
“It’s such a good amicable outlet,” Bauer said. “The outpost comes and picks me adult during night to go out with my friends, so we can get a mangle from my husband,” she joked.
M-NASR is saved wholly by a Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation, a Morton Grove-based nonprofit group that provides scholarships, purchases wheelchair-accessible vehicles and sponsors all M-NASR events.
Morton Grove proprietor Sam Liponi was instrumental in starting a foundation, that began in 1990.
His niece Stella Liponi pronounced he left a vast sum of income for a substructure before he upheld away, and a Liponi family continues to manage a classification today.
“He saw a need in a village for programming like this, so he started [the foundation],” Liponi said.
M-NASR serves 6 communities including Des Plaines, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge and Skokie.