Upcoming Events/News

Congratulations to our 2017

D96 Special Olympics Champions!!



Awards Won:

(1st place) 100 M Racewalk

(2nd place) Tennis Ball Throw

(1st place) Long Jump

(1st place) 100 M. Run

(1st place) 25 M Walk

(4th place) Tennis Ball Throw

(1st place) Mini Javelin

(1st place) 100 Meter Race

Polar Plunge!

Polar Plunge

Hauser Cougars Special Olympics Basketball Team and Friends




Congratulations to Hauser Jr. High

State Gold Medal Winner!!

Gold Medal – 1st in Long Jump

Gold Medal – 1st in 100 Meter Dash


Congratulations to the District’s
Special Olympics Team! 
The Hauser Cougars brought home the GOLD!

Gold- 100m Dash
Gold-   50m Dash
Bronze- Long Jump










Thank you team for your participation and being our very first athletes.

Hauser Cougar Buddies – “Spread the Word
to End the Word!!!”

Please check out this amazing video created
by the members of Hauser’s Cougar Buddies
to “Spread the Word to End the Word”
at Hauser Jr. High School!
Great job everyone!!!


Riverside School District 96 provides a continuum of special education settings and related services in order to meet the needs of the district’s students. All students are equal members of our educational system, and programming and instruction for students with special needs is based in best practice and intent of the law.


Contact Information

Mrs. Pamela Shaw
Director of Special Education


Department Office:

63 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
708-447-0797 fax


Early Childhood

Preschool Screening

Riverside School District 96 offers ongoing preschool screenings, throughout the school year, for children ages three to five years of age, who are residents of District 96. The developmental screenings assess the areas of communication, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills to determine if a child has developmental delays and may benefit from special education services prior to kindergarten. If you have concerns about your child’s development you may at any time contact the district. We will request your contact information and send you a packet of information, which you will complete and return to the district office. Included inthe packet are Parent Information Sheets, Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaires, and a speech and language checklist. To begin the preschool screening process, call the office of Special Education and Student Services at 708-447-0706 or email Pam Shaw at shawp@district96.org.


Early Childhood Special Education

ISBE Early Childhood Education Information-Special Education Services

Transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education Services

When I’m 3, Where Will I Be ? Workbook

(Spanish Version)


Riverside District 96 Building PTA/PTO Liaisons

Ames- Blanca Jara <blanca.jara1@gmail.com>

            LaToya Martin <lts26@yahoo.com>

Blythe- Angela Staron <astar71@hotmail.com>

Central- Kimberly Perry <kmp3779@gmail.com>

Hollywood-Traci Baez <tbaez1@yahoo.com>

Hauser- Portia Goodman <pdgoodman1218@gmail.com>


General Resources

 Introduction to the IEP


AMITA Behavioral Health

Emotional Development Scale



Illinois State Board of Education website


ISBE – Special Education Resources

Special Education Rights Guide

The Educational Rights and Responsibilities:  Understanding Special Education has been designed to serve as a useful resource to both parents and school personnel.  The guide includes a comprehensive narrative outlining the principal rights and procedures for special education.  To maximize user-friendliness, the guide allows the reader to obtain a detailed overview of special education as a whole, or to research a specific topic.

(Spanish Version)

­ ISBE Illinois Student Records Keeper



­ LaGrange Area Department of Special EducationLADSE

For additional resources through LADSE click on their name and you will be linked to their website.

Community Resources


Aspire, Hillside

Communication Clubhouse, Downers Grove

Core Connection Counseling, Lisle

Helping Hand Center-Serving Children and Adults with Disabilities, Countryside

Kids Unlimited Therapy Services, Oak Park

Little Friends, Naperville

Milestones for Kids Success, Downers Grove

R.A.I.N. – Riverside Area Inclusion Network

Riverside Community Services


North Riverside Park District Special Recreation 
(See Special Recreation pages 19-20)

­ North Riverside Special Recreation

General Information