Special Education Programs and Disability Services

  • School District 15 provides special education programs and services for children with disabilities in conformance with federal and state regulations. 

    Special Education Overview, as presented to the Board of Education on March 13, 2019.

    The following programs and services are available:

    • Early Intervention Transition Services—For all children with disabilitites who receive Early Intervention Services and who are turning three years old.

    • Early Childhood Programs and Services—For all children with disabilities from three to five years of age.

    • Transitional Kindergarten—Considered for children with significant special education and related needs who require a self-contained, special education kindergarten classroom.

    • Speech and Language Therapy—A service 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.  

    • Instructional Classrooms (LEAP Program)—For students with significant academic disabilities who require a special education classroom in order to make adequate progress.

    • Social/Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL Program)—For students with primary needs in the areas of social, emotional, and/or behavioral learning who require a special education classroom.

    • ACES Day School Program—For students with significant social, emotional, or behavioral disorders who require a therapeutic day school setting.

    • Mild, Moderate, and Severe Cognitive Disability Program (AIME and MILE Programs)—For students with mild, moderate, and severe cognitive/intellectual disabilities who require a special education classroom.

    • Multiple Needs Program—For students with multiple cognitive and behavioral needs who require a special education classroom in an intensive, therapeutic day school setting.

    • Structured for Independence (SIP) Program—For students with autism or other developmental disabilities who require a highly structured special education classroom.

    • Visual Impairment Program/Services—For students with visual impairments who can progress in regular or special education classrooms with supportive services.

    • Hearing Impairment Program/Services—For students with mild to profound hearing impairments who can progress in regular or special education classrooms with supportive services.

    • Assistive Technology—Assistive Technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment, product system, device or service (to provide access to AT) whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability and support the IEP services. Special education programs in CCSD15 may provide AT as part of the program or, when necessary to receive a free, appropriate public education, individualized AT is provided through an IEP process for students with disabilities.
    • 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.

    • Interpreters—Sign language interpreters are assigned to children with a significant hearing loss that interferes with auditory communication (receptive and/or expressive).

    Programs and services are provided for students with specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, speech/language impairments, orthopedic impairments, health impairments, traumatic brain injuries, autism, hearing impairments, visual impairments, deaf-blindness, developmental delays, or multiple disabilities. The Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired provide educational services for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired.  For additional information please contact the Department of Student Services at 847-963-3000.

    All children with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education.  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 to begin the referral process. Inquiries regarding Section 504 may be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator:

    Susan Gehring, Section 504 Coordinator
    Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
    580 North 1st Bank Drive
    Palatine IL 60067
    847-963-3146
    E-mail: gehrings@ccsd15.net

    If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, please call the John G. Conyers Learning Academy at 847-963-3400 to request an appointment for a screening. Additional information regarding preschool programming and services may be attained through the Department of Student Services at 847-963-3000.  

    Documents:
    District’s guidelines for the use of Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities (English / Spanish)