Special Education Services
THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT OF 2004 IS A FEDERAL LAW THAT, IN COMBINATION WITH ILLINOIS RULES AND GUIDELINES, REQUIRES SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO SEEK OUT, IDENTIFY AND PROVIDE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.
According to The U.S. Congress a “disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
A variety of programs and support services are available to eligible students on a broad continuum. Our goal is to provide an education for students with special needs in the least restrictive environment to the extent possible for the student to successfully maximize his or her potential. The table below describes programs and the continuum.
SECTION 504: SUPPORTING DISABILITIES
Students that do not qualify for an Individualized Education Program under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Act, may still qualify for services under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly known as a 504 Plan.
Section 504 requires that reasonable accommodations be made for individuals with disabilities within the regular classroom setting. Accommodations are modifications made by classroom teacher(s) and other school staff to help individual students benefit from their program of education. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include:
Adjusting student seating,
Modifying recess or physical education,
Providing study guides or other organizational tools, and
Modifying assignments, offering additional time and/or tests
RELATED SERVICE LOGS NOTICE
Children who are eligible to receive special education and related service may have specific related services included in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Related services are added to an IEP if the IEP team determines that the specific related service is necessary in order for the child to benefit from his or her special education program. Illinois Public Act 101-0515 requires local education agencies to make related service logs that record the type and minutes of related services administered under a child’s IEP. Copies of related service logs will be available upon request from parents or guardians at the annual review of their child’s IEP.
SASED FORMS AND PROCEDURES
SASED information may be found at www.SASED.com