Special Education Services

  • District 63 is committed to providing special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) appropriate for each student. For this reason, special education services run along a continuum based on each student's unique needs as defined by his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) -- from support within the general education classroom to individualized support in a special education environment.  

    Programs and services include:

    • Early Intervention Transition Services: for all children with disabilities who receive early intervention services and who are turning three years old.
    • Early Childhood Programs and Services: for all children with disabilities from three - five years of age.
    • Speech and Language Therapy: for students with speech and/or language impairments that impact their education, to the extent that special education is necessary. 
    • Resource Services: for students with mild to moderate disabilities who can progress in the general education setting with supports and services.  
    • Behavior Academic Social Emotional (BASE) Program: for students with primary needs in the areas of social, emotional, and/or behavioral learning who require a special education classroom.
    • Life Skills Program: for students with mild, moderate, and severe cognitive/intellectual disabilities who require a special education classroom. 
    • Structured Teaching for Independent Learning (STIL) Program: for students with autism or other developmental disabilities who require a highly structured special education classroom.
    • Visual Impairment Services: for students with visual impairments who can progress in regular or special education classrooms with supportive services.
    • Hearing Impairment Services: for students with mild to profound hearing impairments who can progress in regular or special education classrooms with supportive services.
    • Assistive Technology (AT):  AT refers to items, equipment, devices, and services that maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a child with disabilities. D63 Special Education programs may provide AT as appropriate to support a student’s IEP services. 
    • Occupational Therapy: a related service for students with fine motor and/or sensory needs that impact their education to the extent that special education is necessary.
    • Physical Therapy: a related service for students with gross motor needs that impact their education to the extent that special education is necessary.
    • Social Work Services: a related service for students with social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs that impact their education to the extent that special education is necessary.
    • Homebound/Hospital Instruction: for students who cannot attend school due to a medical condition.

    Families sometimes have questions about District 63's LRE policy, as students with special needs are placed in general education classrooms when appropriate. It is important to note that LRE is mandated by the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) because extensive research indicates that it is the best practice for students with disabilities -- with no negative impact on typically learning peers. Socially, LRE benefits all children: those with special needs and those with typical needs. 

    If you have concerns about your child and believe that he/she has a disability that may require Section 504 Plan accommodations or special education services, please contact your child’s school administrator.