This time of year, as spring fever sets in, phrases like “tropical paradise” and “all-inclusive,” can really warm the heart and spark the imagination. For many of us snow-weary northerners, spring break seems synonymous with escape.
At Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), we know that our participants feel the same way. So for many years now, WDSRA has offered travel opportunities during the week of spring break. This program allows adults with disabilities the opportunity to travel to exciting places in the company of their peers with WDSRA staff serving as chaperones.
This year, fifteen very excited participants (and three very lucky, but hardworking WDSRA staff members) will fly to exotic Jamaica and stay at the Grand Bahia Principe – an all-inclusive, tropical paradise. For some of our participants, this is their first experience traveling without their parents. Developmentally, the experience of having a separate vacation from parents fosters independence, social skills, and an increased understanding of the larger world.
The program fees for WDSRA trips are significant, but families of our participants say the benefits greatly outweigh the costs. Parents appreciate the week of respite from their caretaking responsibilities. One mother, after sending her adult son on a WDSRA spring break trip, told staff that she and her husband were able go on a rare and long-overdue romantic getaway during the same week, knowing their son was in good hands, enjoying his own adventures.
To learn more about recreational programs and services offered by WDSRA, visit www.wdsra.com.