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Friday, March 31, 2023

Focus on Accessibility – Naperville Programs: Responsive and accessible to the disability community


Have you noticed all the programs in Naperville that take into consideration the comfort levels of individuals or families with children who have special needs? I often hear how grateful people with disabilities are to have access to these programs.

manning_webThere are so many but some of these outstanding supports are the Naperville Library’s Special Needs Story Time; early carnival hours at the Jaycees Last Fling; Family Nights for those with Special Needs at Centennial Beach; Third Thursdays at the DuPage Children’s Museum and many, many more.

These types of programs are great tools to increase access for many individuals with disabilities to enjoy these programs during the set aside times or at any other time. Often people discover these wonderful programs and learn about other services provided by the organization which may lead to participation and enjoyment any day of the week!

People with disabilities access City facilities, public parks and service organizations and programs all the time. Some may need or wish to access them in different ways, at least initially, before accessing them alongside the entire community.

Access… choice… and reasonable accommodations. All good things.


Marita Manning
Marita Manninghttp://www.naperville.il.us
Marita Manning is the Accessibility Coordinator for the City of Naperville. Contact her at ManningM@Naperville.il.us or (630) 420-6725.