Special Education Services

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA’04) is a federal law that, in combination with Illinois rules and guidelines, requires school districts to seek out, identify and provide special education services to students with disabilities.

According to The U.S. Congress a “disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”

A variety of programs and support services are available to eligible students on a broad continuum. Our goal is to provide an education for students with special needs in the least restrictive environment to the extent possible for the student to successfully maximize his or her potential. The table below describes programs and the continuum.

Section 504: Supporting Disabilities

Students that do not qualify for an Individualized Education Program under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Act, may still qualify for services under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly known as a 504 Plan.

Section 504 requires that reasonable accommodations be made for individuals with disabilities within the regular classroom setting. Accommodations are modifications made by classroom teacher(s) and other school staff to help individual students benefit from their program of education. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include:

  • Adjusting student seating,
  • Modifying recess or physical education,
  • Providing study guides or other organizational tools, and
  • Modifying assignments, offering additional time and/or tests


SASED information may be found at www.SASED.com