Inclusion Statement

Tinley Park-Park District welcomes participation in all programs and activities by individuals with disabilities and special needs. Tinley Park-Park District is committed to inclusion and providing public recreation services in the most integrated setting in which interaction between people with and without disabilities is provided to the maximum extent feasible. Tinley Park-Park District works cooperatively with South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA) to facilitate successful participation for those who register for inclusive programming.

Inclusion / ADA

The Tinley Park-Park District makes every attempt to facilitate the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all our programs and activities and understands that not every person with special needs or disabilities requires special recreation programming. The South Suburban Special Recreation Association is happy to advise and/or assist residents who wish to participate in the Tinley Park-Park District Programs. We strongly encourage integration, as this inclusive recreation environment provides our residents with even greater safe, positive recreational options for their leisure time. These services are provided at no cost to the resident. We are committed to doing everything possible to make your inclusion experience a successful one.

Anyone needing special accommodations to enjoy one of our programs must:

  • Check off the request option on the front of our registration form.
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks prior to the program start date.

If you have questions about inclusion, please call the Tinley Park-Park District at 708-342-4200.

The Tinley Park-Park District follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the purpose of employment, programs, services, activities and facilities.

Ryan Veldman

ADA Coordinator

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

South Suburban Special Recreation Association

The Tinley Park-Park District follows the Americans with Disabilities Act for the purpose of employment, programs, services, activities, and facilities.

The Tinley Park-Park District strives to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Guidelines (ADAAG) or 1991 standards published by the Department of Justice (DOJ), along with the 2010 standards developed by the US Access Board and published by the Department of Justice and the Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC), published by the State of Illinois, which can have more stringent requirements than the federal guidelines. The Park District has hired Recreation Accessibility Consultants of Hoffman Estates, IL, who performed a comprehensive audit for the Tinley Park-Park District in 2010 along with the creation of the ADA Transition Plan, which was a result of that audit. The plan assesses all Park District properties and identifies any accessibility barriers that exist.

A Grievance Procedure has been established in accordance with the ADA. Anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Tinley Park-Park District may visit to view the procedure. The District’s Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.


It is the mission of the South Suburban Special Recreation Association:

“To promote the power of choice and to enhance the quality of life of individuals of all abilities, by providing accessible recreation in an environment that promotes dignity, success, and fun.”

SSSRA is an extension of eight park districts and three municipal recreation and parks departments. It is organized to provide therapeutic recreation programs to individuals from birth through adult with disabilities or special needs who are in special education classes, sheltered workshops, or who have recreational needs not met by traditional park district programs, including individuals who have varying degrees of physical disabilities, mental handicaps, learning disabilities, emotional difficulties, hearing or visual impairments, and developmental delays and to be involved in year-round recreation.