Special Education

District 102 offers a full continuum of Special Education services to those students who have undergone a case study evaluation and have been found eligible to receive additional educational support during their school day. Following state and federal laws that establish criteria for eligibility, schools are required to provide services to a child between the ages of 3 and 21 to address the adverse effect of a disability on his/her education.

Special education is instruction and related services provided by special education personnel or by a general education program that has been modified through the use of special education support services, supplementary aids, or other special programming. Related services are support services that may be provided to assist a student in accessing his/her academic program. Related services include, but are not limited to, the following: occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, and speech and language services. The student’s IEP will determine the services and amount of time needed to meet the student’s academic or behavioral needs.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services underSection 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. Questions about the identification, assessment and placement of students should be directed to Terry Sofianos Wohlgenant, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education at 708-215-7016.


Terry Sofianos Wohlgenant
Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
sofianoste@sd102.net

Traci Milledge
Assistant Director for Special Education
milledgetr@sd102.net


Lead Special Educators
These professionals assist the district with building-level coordination of services. Although your child’s case manager should be the main contact for special education-related matters for parents and guardians, you can also reach out to the appropriate LSE for information or to connect you with the relevant staff.

Barnsdale - Tina McLane, Special Education Teacher
mclanech@dist102.k12.il.us

Congress Park - Ella Farmer, Psychologist
farmerel@dist102.k12.il.us

Cossitt - Shannon Kelly, Psychologist
kellysh@dist102.k12.il.us

Forest Road - Alysann Stimac, Special Education Teacher
stimacal@dist102.k12.il.us

Ogden - Kathy Hadraba, Special Education Teacher
hadrabaka@dist102.k12.il.us

Park - Megan Locke, Special Education Teacher
lockeme@dist102.k12.il.us

Special Education Department Action Steps 2019-2020
These action steps are directly related to the District's overall Strategic Plan goals.

Strategic Plan New Actions as of October 2019
  1. Create a volunteer special education parent ambassador group and provide appropriate training in order to implement the program incrementally throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

  2. Review best practices and research for serving students through the Connections and Cross-categorical programs and develop a list of recommendations and an accompanying action plan in response to the review by February 2020. 

  3. Collect data on “pathways to special education” in order to ensure appropriate identification and to reduce disproportionality among racial and ethnic groups and create a list of recommendations and actionable followup steps in response to the data collection by June 2020.

Announcements
  • There have been some recent Special Education Updates which involve changes to IEP meeting paperwork and procedures in order to promote more meaningful participation by parents and guardians. Some of these improvements have put into place through new legislation, while others have been developed through collaboration between families, staff, and administration. Details can be found here: September 12, 2019 Letter to Parents
  • Actualizaciones sobre Educación Especial, 2019-2020
  • We are also pleased to announce the debut of volunteer Special Education Parent Ambassadors. This is a new and exciting development in our district that is intended to provide interested families with parent-to-parent camaraderie and support. If you are a parent of a student with special needs, please consider applying for this role. Click here.
  • The state has released an excellent dyslexia guide that will be helpful for families and educators. The Dyslexia Guide for Parents, Educators, and Students, ISBE Division of Special Education Services (July 2019)
  • The Special Needs Advisory Panel (SNAP) has set three meetings for the 2019-2020 school year. SNAP is an advisory committee to the district, made up of parents, general educators, special educators, and administration. If you are not an official member of the committee but would like to attend a meeting, please RSVP to Terry Sofianos Wohlgenant, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, at sofianoste@sd102.net. Meetings will be held in the Park Junior High School LRC.
    • Monday, September 16th, 9 am - 11 am 
    • Wednesday, December 4th, 4 pm - 6pm 
    • Tuesday, March 3rd, 9 am - 11 am 
Special Education Staff Roles
Administration
Special Education Teachers
Early Childhood Teachers
Nursing Staff
Social Workers
Psychologists
Speech/Language Pathologists
Occupational and Physical Therapists
Vision and Hearing Itinterants
Special Education Parent Handbook
Contains information for parents interested in learning more about special education eligibility, processes, and procedures in La Grange District 102. 

Does my child need special education?
Preschool Screening
Referrals – Kindergarten through Grade Eight
Private Evaluation
Homebound/Hospital Instruction
A-B-Cs of Special Education Acronyms List
Special Education Updates and Newsletters
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
June 2019 NEWSLETTER
Nov 2018 NEWSLETTER
2018-2019 Updates
Resources and Helpful Links
Board of Education Presentations
Special Needs Advisory Panel (SNAP)
Notices, Additional Forms, and Other Helpful Information
Procedure regarding classroom observations
Procedure regarding recording meetings
Presentations & Handouts
Organizations and Cooperatives