Hinsdale High School District 86 Transition Students Learn Social and Healthy Lifestyle Skills

January 03, 2019


For more than 10 years, students in Hinsdale High School’s transition program have come to the Indian Boundary YMCA to develop healthy lifestyles and learn skills that help them become more independent and integrate into the community."

For more than 10 years, the Indian Boundary Y has played an important role in the lives of students in the Hinsdale High School District 86 transition program. These students, have a range of disabilities from autism to physical disabilities. The program is funded through scholarships and provides access to the YMCA facilities, including the pool, fitness center, basketball court and more.

During the school year, for about three days a week, 30-40 students from the Hinsdale High School District 86 transition program come to the Indian Boundary YMCA. When they first come in, each student is responsible for checking in at the Membership Desk. Before using the fitness equipment and facility, they learn about the policies in place for YMCA members, program participants, and visitors. Many also participate in orientations and introductory fitness classes. Participation in the program provides opportunities for the students to practice and improve social skills, interpersonal and communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, and a healthy lifestyle through fitness and leisure within their community.

“It is always a pleasure for staff to see them active when they visit the Y. They are welcomed weekly by friendly front desk staff and they learn their names. The relationship between staff and students becomes very personal and friendly” - Connie Laidlaw, Membership Experience Director, Indian Boundary YMCA

Hinsdale High School recently recognized its partners during their Appreciation Breakfast in this past June. Indian Boundary YMCA staff Jennifer Buchanan and Connie Laidlaw were thanked for their years of service and contributions to the program.

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