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 horses to provide opportunities children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities of all ages to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of riding horses. This therapeutic practice, along with a variety of farm animals at the barn, encourage social interaction and speech development in riders of all ages. 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. The core values of Gateway SRA are dedication, respect, support, and fun! 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.