students have the right to a free, appropriate education. This
education is individualized and provided at the home campus whenever
possible. All special education programs in District 227 are operated
under the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Office of Education and
the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
for special education programs and services shall be determined by the
presence of one or more of the following exceptional characteristics:
- Visual Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Physical/Health Impairment
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Behavior Disorder/Emotional Disorder
- Mental Impairment
- Multiple Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Delay
are eligible for special education services if they exhibit one or more
of the following handicaps: hearing impairments/deafness, mental
retardation, physical handicaps, learning disabilities, speech defects,
sight impairments/blindness, behavior disorders, emotional disturbance,
communication disorders, and health impairments. The needs of a student
are identified via a case study which consists of past performance,
current testing, and parent, student, and staff input.
conferences are established to determine eligibility, formulate the
student's individualized educational program (IEP), and consider
placements. Selection of appropriate courses will be completed by the
special education staff, counselors, student, and parent/guardian.
are available for the learning disabled (LD), behavior disordered (BD),
emotionally disturbed (ED), trainable mentally handicapped (TMH),
educable mentally handicapped (EMH), communication disordered (CD),
speech and language disabled (SL) students on our campus.
severe cases receive remedial and tutoring support services under the
supervision of resource or itinerant personnel while enrolled in the
with more severe characteristics are enrolled in cross categorical
programs which provide adapted instruction for all or most of the
student's educational day.
complete vocational program is available for eligible students. Special
education students are involved in regular education academic and extra
curricular programs as much as possible.
and physically handicapped students are encouraged to participate in
the regular school program whenever possible. Support services are
coordinated by counselors, nurses, and other school officials.
instruction is provided for any student with a health or physical
impairment which will cause an absence from school for more than two
consecutive weeks. Parents should obtain medical certification from
their physician and return it to the campus Pupil Personnel Office to
Psychological testing and social work services are available when necessary.
Out of District
education programming for students who have severe and profound and/or
low incidence handicaps is provided with assistance from the SPEED
Cooperative, or other public and private schools. Students are referred
to these off-campus programs only when severe or unique problems of
their handicapping conditions reflect a need for intensified services
that are not available at the home campus. Tuition and transportation
for these programs are provided by the district.
the campus Pupil Personnel Service Department at any of the schools or
the District Office of Special Education for more information.
Special Education Office Phone (708) 679-5800; Fax (708) 679-5654 updated 2014/15