Bloomington, IL Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (SOAR)

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Bloomington, IL, US

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Type: Program

Status: Ongoing

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Mission Statement:
The S.O.A.R. program exists to maintain and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive, specialized recreation programs, activities and special events.

What is S.O.A.R.?
S.O.A.R. is a community therapeutic recreations program serving individuals unable to successfully participate in traditional recreation programs. Leisure, social and developmental skills are emphasized to promote the highest level of recreation participation possible. S.O.A.R. is jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Departments.

Most individuals with disabilities are eligible to participate in S.O.A.R. activities. Persons from youth to adult who are in special education classes, workshops, nursing homes or have leisure needs not met by traditional recreation programs are eligible. This includes those with developmental, physical, or learning disabilities; sensory, genetic, or behavior disorders; autism, or emotional difficulties.

S.O.A.R. offers three program sessions each year. Winter-Spring, Summer and Fall. Winter-Spring programs run February through May, Summer from June through August and Fall from September through January. Registration for programs is taken as follows: Winter-Spring session in January, Summer session in May, Fall session in August. A current brochure can be found by clicking here.

Speaker’s Bureau
S.O.A.R. staff are available to give a presentation to your group or organization! Contact S.O.A.R. staff to arrange an informative presentation for schools, service groups, college classes, churches, etc. at 309-434-2260.

Transportation is available for some S.O.A.R. activities on a first-come, first-served basis for Bloomington and Normal residents who have no other way to attend activities.