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

Child Find/Early Childhood Screening

District 96 is actively responsible for locating, identifying, and evaluating all children who reside within district boundaries, who may be eligible to receive special education and/or related services.  The district continuously monitors the development and progress of students in the district.  For children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, parents may contact their building administrator regarding any developmental concerns or concerns regarding their child’s progress.

Families of children age birth to five years, with concerns about their child’s development, may contact the District 96 Office of Special Education and Student Services.  The district provides ongoing developmental screening and/or evaluations to assess the areas of communication, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills, to determine if children have developmental delays and may benefit from early intervention or special education services prior to kindergarten. For more information shawp@district96.org.

ISBE Early Childhood

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

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.  


Procedural Safeguards:    

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Procedural Safeguards (Spanish):   


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.

504 Plan

An Individualized Section 504 refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law that requires any person or agency receiving federal money to have policies in place that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities.  If a student is covered by Section 504, a school district must provide the student a “504 Plan” that describes what the district will do to support the student’s disability and ensure that the student’s disability will not be a barrier to the student access to school programs (which can include things such as school assemblies, extracurricular activities, etc).  It is important to note that a 504 Plan is a much more general document than an IEP and will only contain a basic description of what kinds of support the district will provide to address the disability.  If a school district does not provide such support, a parent may file a complaint with the US Department of Education to have the complaint addressed.

Home and Hospital Instruction

A student who is absent from school, or whose physician anticipates that the student will be absent from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital.

Appropriate educational services from qualified staff will begin no later than 5 school days after receiving the physician’s written statement.  Instructional or related services for a student receiving special education services will be determined by the student’s individualized education program (IEP).  Periodic conferences will be held between appropriate school personnel, parent(s)/guardian(s) and hospital staff to coordinate course work and facilitate a student’s return to school.

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 – http://www.sased.org/ that provides services for children with low incidence disabilities which include; vision and hearing impairment.  

Timely and Meaningful Consultation

Each year, the principals of the private schools in Riverside School District 96 are invited to a meeting at the District Office in which information about plans for working with students with disabilities in the upcoming school year are discussed.  This meeting is called the Timely and Meaningful Consultation (TMC). At the TMC, information is shared pertaining to how students are suspected of having one or more disabilities may access the District programs to address the nature and scope of the disabilities.

Parents of students attending a private or parochial school or students who are homeschooled and need further information regarding services for their child should contact the Assistant Superintendent of Learning, Pupil Services.