Special Education Services
Riverside District 96 offers a full continuum of special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The district provides free and appropriate (FAPE) for all individuals with identified disabilities. A continuum of services is available to support the education of children with disabilities.
Special education services are based on individual needs. Services to support students may include special education staff support, Early Childhood Education, speech and language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and home/hospital tutoring.
Parents may access a copy of their rights regarding special education services on the district website, or by contacting the district Administrative Office. Questions regarding special education may be directed to the Director of Special Education and Student Services.
If you have any questions regarding special education services or a child’s need for special education services, families should speak with their building administrator.
Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities will be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities. Individuals with disabilities should notify the superintendent or building principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program or meeting.
Education of Children with Disabilities
It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.
The term “children with disabilities” means children between ages 3 and the day before their 22nd birthday for who it is determined that special education services are needed. It is the intent of the school to ensure that student with disabilities are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.
Special education instruction and related services are available for children with special needs from three until they graduate eighth grade in district 96. Special needs may be in the areas of : vision, hearing, health, behavior, or involve skills in; fine/gross motor, speech/language, cognitive or learning, social and emotional and adaptive or self-help.
ISBE Special Education Parents Rights Guide:
If your student has a qualifying disability, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or an Individualized Section 504 Plan will be developed and implemented to provide the needed supports so that your student can access his or her education as effectively as students without disabilities.
Individual Education Program
An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs. Participants in the IEP meetings include; parent(s) or legal guardians, student (14 y/o or older), general education teacher, special education teacher, school administrator, evaluation personnel, others with knowledge or expertise about the student.
Important IEP timelines are as follows:
- The IEP meeting must occur within 60 school days from the date of referral
- The IEP meeting must occur within 30 days after the team determines that the student is eligible to receive special and or related services
- The IEP must be reviewed at least once a year; however an IEP meeting can be convened at any time to discuss changes or revisions.
- Parents must be informed on their child’s progress on IEP goals at least as often as parents of non-disabled children.
Home and Hospital Instruction
LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE)
To meet the diverse educational needs of the students, Riverside School District 96 is a member of LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE). LADSE is a cooperative comprised of elementary and high school districts. LADSE offers a variety of educational programs developed to assist students with a wide range of needs. Student services offered through LADSE include; assistive technology, district autism support, health and wellness, physical and occupational therapy, professional development opportunities, school psychology, speech and language pathology therapy services. Member districts combine resources to provide appropriate services for students who meet eligibility and reside within the cooperative. Riverside School District 96 is also a participating member of SASED –that provides services for children with low incidence disabilities which include; vision and hearing impairment.
Timely and Meaningful Consultation