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Inclusion

The Park District of Highland Park strives to serve as the center of the community and to be our residents’ first choice for recreational services. Our adopted policies, procedures, and programs are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

Equality Statement

The Park District of Highland Park provides programs, activities, and facilities without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation or gender. No participant or spectator shall, on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin or disability, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or opportunity.

Recreation Purpose Statement

To provide positive recreational experiences through programs, camps, memberships, drop-in services, private and group lessons, special events, leagues, tournaments, rentals, and other activities which contribute to the individual’s physical, social, emotional, cultural, and educational growth in order to enrich the quality of life. Respect for the dignity and self-worth of every individual shall be of paramount importance.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Park District of Highland Park does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, gender change, gender orientation, gender stereotyping, or transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, membership in an organization, age, reprisal, or other unlawful factors.

Transgender Policy

This policy is designed to create a safe and inclusive environment in which community members, visitors and participants can be honest and open about who they are and feel comfortable using District facilities, participating in programs and attending Park District events. 

It is the District’s policy to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to provide facilities, services, programs and events that are free of discrimination whether that discrimination is based upon race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, gender change, gender orientation, gender stereotyping, or transgender status), national origin, disability, parental status, political affiliation, genetic information, marital status, membership in an organization, age, reprisal, or other unlawful factors. The Park District offers programs, services, facilities and events consistent with its obligation to maintain an environment that is free of discrimination, including discrimination that is based upon gender identity or perceived gender non-conformity.

Harassment Policy

The Park District of Highland Park believes that our employees should be able to work in an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment. Therefore, it is our policy to prohibit all types of harassment, including but not limited to harassment based on: sex, sexual orientation or identity, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. This policy extends to each and every level of our operations. Accordingly, harassment, whether by an employee, officer, park commissioner, agent, volunteer, vendor or any person using Park District property or services, will not be tolerated by the Park District.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at the Park District of Highland Park. In accordance with federal, state, and local law, it is the policy of the Park District to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the District will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The District does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), sexual orientation (including gender identity), marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, disability, genetic information, handicap, military status, record of arrest, or any other characteristic or classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Special Accommodations

The Park District of Highland Park encourages participation by everyone! If you or a family member have special needs and would like to participate in a program, we will be happy to make reasonable modification(s) to meet your needs. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like information regarding our inclusion programs and/or specifically identifying any need for and request for reasonable modification(s) according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Park District of Highland Park provides recreational opportunities for all residents of Highland Park. People with and without disabilities are encouraged and invited to register for all Park District of Highland Park programs of interest. People with disabilities will not be discriminated against in the delivery of Park District of Highland Park programs.

ADA Compliance Officer:

Brian Romes
Executive Director
Park District of Highland Park
636 Ridge Road
Highland Park IL 60035
847.579.3119
bromes@pdhp.org

Park District of Highland Park Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Services to Residents with Disabilities

The Park District of Highland Park  is a partner with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). Formed in 1970, NSSRA is an extension of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburbs of Chicago and provides and NSSRA Logofacilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. NSSRA offers recreation, sport, cultural, social, programs and events available throughout the year, creating new experiences, opportunities for skill development, leisure time, and perhaps most importantly, friendship. NSSRA has been creating an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and has the distinction of being the first Special Recreation Association in the country.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to try something new. This means you have the opportunity to participate in any one of NSSRA’s over 500 annual programs, or that you have the opportunity to participate in one of Park District of Highland Park’s programs with the assistance of an NSSRA Inclusion companion.

Inclusion Services

Park District of Highland Park program Inclusion Services are available to residents with special needs at no additional cost to the family. Inclusion Services may include, when necessary, staff training, program modifications/adaptations, modified equipment and program observations.

Reasons to Request Inclusion Services

Requesting Inclusion Services

When registering for a Park District of Highland Park program for the first time:

For more information regarding Park District of Highland Park  Inclusion Services contact:

Natalie Liang
Recreation Supervisor
Park District of Highland Park
847-579-3131
nliang@pdhp.org

or

Meggan Davies
Recreation Manager for Inclusion
NSSRA


(847) 509-9400 x6828
mdavies@nssra.org

For more information about Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) go to http://www.nssra.org/.

NSSRA
3105 MacArthur Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 509-9400

ADA Transition Plan

The Park District strives to provide accessible parks and facilities throughout the District. The ADA Transition Plan highlights the District’s efforts and plans for future initiatives and is updated annually. If you have any questions about the ADA Transition Plan, please contact Amalia Schwartz, Senior Planner, 847-579-4090 aschwartz@pdhp.og

To view the ADA Transition Plan, click here