School Liaison Office
2601 E Paul Jones Street Bldg 160
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Phone 847-688-2020 X 465
Phone (DSN) 312-792-2020
Early Intervention and Special Education Services
Children from Birth to 3 Years of Age
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of state Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
Children Between 3 and 21 Years of Age
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program, if appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.
Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
Installation Specific Information
Local Community Information
Federal and state laws require all public school districts to provide a "free, appropriate, and individualized education for all disabled children." The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.
Special Education Services assures that these programs and services meet state and federal requirements. This involves both compliance and technical assistance functions. Compliance functions include monitoring least restrictive environment compliance, administering due process system, providing mediation services, conducting compliant investigations, approving policies and procedures, conducting focused and comprehensive reviews and approving nonpublic special education facilities. Technical assistance functions involve providing information and guidance on promising practices in educating students with disabilities, including the operation of numerous statewide training and technical assistance initiatives, administering the comprehensive system of personnel development for special education and management of grant programs to schools for special education service delivery. Many resources for parents are available at the ISBE Special Education website.
For more information on Special Education Schools, contact the School Liaison Officer located at 2601 E Paul Jones Street, Bldg. 160, phone number 847-688-5700 or the Fleet and Family Support Center's Relocation Assistance Program located at 525 Farragut Ave., Suite 300, Bldg. 26. Contact them toll free at 1-888-231-0714 ext. 128 or 847-688-3603 ext. 128. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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