Adapted physical education is the art and science of developing, implementing and monitoring a carefully designed instructional program so individuals of all abilities may participate. Research shows extracurricular activity increases levels of social engagement, self-confidence and coping skills for individuals living with autism and other disabilities.
Currently, the students at the Terrence J. Hancock Family Campus, located in Chicago, do not have on-campus opportunities for indoor fitness and recreation, which is why together, we are Building a Healthier Tomorrow.
The new Fitness, Wellness and Recreation Center will provide a structured environment with access to a variety of physical education activities and social opportunities for students, staff and the community at-large. The development of the facility provides students with an avenue to build healthy lifestyle habits; learn new communication and social skills; and increase opportunities for community engagement.
Students and their families will celebrate once-in-a-lifetime milestones, such as Graduation and Prom, as they gather in the auditorium. Additionally, the new facility will be utilized for events, professional development conferences and all-staff meetings by Easterseals and its community partners.