Illinois School Code (105 ILCS5/14-6.01) was recently amended to require that the following information be posted on a school district’s website and included in its student handbook or a newsletter beginning with the 2019-2020 school year:
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. Questions about the identification, assessment and placement of students should be directed to Marissa Hill, Coordinator for Student Services at 217-586-2161
The Department of Special Education provides programs for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22. A full range of special programs are available through the following programs and services:
- Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
- Services for Students with Emotional Disabilities
- Services for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities
- Services for Students with Speech/Language Impairments
- Services for Students with Severe/Profound Multiple Disabilities
- Services for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Services for Students who are Visually Impaired
- Services for Students with Physical Disabilities
- Services for Students with Health Impairments
- Home/Hospital Instruction
- School Social Work Services
- School Psychological Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Alternative Special Education Programs
If you have questions or concerns regarding the special education services that are being proposed for your child, you may request a meeting to review the individualized educational program. This review will include the professional staff who provided information upon which this decision was made. You or your representative may, prior to the meeting, request the opportunity to examine all information on which the placement decision was made. In summary, it is important that you know and understand that you have the following rights:
- To inspect and review records, including related services logs, at any time.
- To be notified before the school initiates or changes (or refuses to initiate or change) the identification, evaluation or placement of your child.
- To an independent educational evaluation.
- To give consent before an evaluation is conducted and before initial placement is made in special education.
- To request an impartial due process hearing to question the agency’s identification, evaluation or placement of your child or to question the agency’s provision of a free appropriate public education.
- To have a full and individual evaluation of your child’s educational needs.
- To have your child educated with non-disabled children to the maximum extent possible.
- To restrict access to your child’s records by withholding consent to disclose records.
- To revoke your consent for special education and related services at any time.
Your child’s educational status will not be changed without your being informed prior to the change.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 22 years of age and suspect that he/she may have special education needs, or if you have questions concerning special education programs and/or services, contact the building principal of the school your child attends or: Mrs. Christine Northrup, Director of Special Education 1301 S Bulldog Drive, Mahomet, IL 61853 PH: 217-586-4947 firstname.lastname@example.org