Simply being outdoors or socializing makes people happier and healthier. Ray Graham Association offers an array of ways to socialize and engage with the community. The Hansen Center features our Premier PATH Accredited therapeutic horsemanship program, an animal farm, and an accessible playground for all abilities. Through the Gateway Special Recreation Association, more people can do what they love in a supportive and customized setting. Wellness classes, summer camps, social clubs, and team sports like basketball, bowling, and softball lay the foundations for skill-building, interpersonal relationships, and happier lives.
The Therapeutic Horsemanship program uses 20 therapy horses to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to experience the enjoyment and therapeutic benefits of riding horses. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified instructors lead individual and small group lessons with the assistance of trained volunteers. Students can begin riding as early as four years of age and participate in events such as Special Olympics, horse shows, and summer camps. Learn more about the Hanson Center.
Gateway Special Recreation Association promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in meaningful activities that maximize their health, well-being, and quality of life. Formed through an intergovernmental agreement, it is an extension of park districts throughout DuPage County and contracts with Ray Graham Association to provide recreation for people with disabilities and their families. Learn more about Gateway Special Recreation Association.