Those with special needs "Access the Experience"

By Joe Bennett

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 6:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- More than 1,500 people with disabilities had access to the March Madness Experience throughout the day, Tuesday.

This is the 13th year the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) has organized the event "Access the Experience".

Thanks to staff and volunteers, all games and activities are open to special education classrooms and others with disabilities.

HISRA staff determines how to adapt games and provide for those with special needs.

"Like with the World's Largest Basketball Hoop, we've got a three-man sling-shot there,” says HISRA Executive Director Katie Van Cleve. “So kids or adults can take that three-man sling-shot and get that ball up to that hoop if they can't throw it."

Cory Scheuttler is an eighth grader at Charles Lindbergh Middle School. He has played wheelchair basketball for the Peoria Wildcats for the last four years and said this is his favorite field trip.

"You get to play basketball and other stuff that you get to really play and get in the game," said Scheuttler.

Access the Experience is open for family night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m..

More than 95 organizations will be there, providing products and services to those with special needs.

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