Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)


The Village of Hawthorn Woods is a cooperative Member Agency of the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County. SRACLC provides community based therapeutic recreation programs and services to people of all ages with special needs or disabilities.

SRACLC is a cooperative effort of the Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Mundelein Park Districts and the Villages of Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Libertyville and Lincolnshire. Individuals residing within the boundaries of the Member Agencies are considered "residents" of SRACLC and may utilize the services.

SRACLC offers more than 500 weekly programs, special events, and camps during the year. SRACLC also recognizes that some people with disabilities prefer to participate in recreation programs within their own Recreation Department. SRACLC can help you with this opportunity by providing an extra staff, if deemed necessary, behavior management support, disability awareness training, and other adaptive services necessary for safe and successful participation.

SRACLC-Mitsubishi Electric Sensory Room

Illumi*Nation is a Multi-Sensory environment that provides opportunities for individuals to explore and enjoy new stimulating experiences. Low and high tech equipment is used to foster sensory stimulation through the use of diverse sounds, lights, textured surfaces and more! The room is equipped with an array of sensory equipment that allows Recreation Therapists to create a uniquely designed environment for each participant. Illumi*Nation is located at Washington Elementary School in Mundelein

There are two programs offered for the Sensory Room: Sensory Therapy and Sensory Seekers – Virtual Punch Card. The Sensory Therapy program will consist of one-to-one sessions with a Recreation Therapist once a week for eight sessions. Individuals enrolled in these program sessions will be required to complete an initial assessment to ensure that sessions can be designed and customized to each participant’s specific needs. The Sensory Seekers – Virtual Punch Card offers eight opportunities for participants to schedule drop-in sessions on Saturdays for unstructured sessions. Please contact Kara Miller at kmiller@sraclc.org or 847-816-4866 for more information.

Why Sensory Therapy?

  • Improves memory recall
  • Decreases stress, anxiety, and frustration
  • Improves motor-planning and hand-eye coordination
  • Promotes cognitive development
  • Improves ability to respond appropriately to sensory stimuli
  • Reduces disruptive, violent, and aggressive behaviors
  • Increases one’s ability to cope


Special Recreation
Association of
 Central Lake County


290 Oakwood Road
Vernon Hills, IL 60061


(847) 816-4866


(847) 816-4876


Visit sraclc.org/