In light of the continuing developments with COVID-19, all District 102 buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. For all communication related to COVID-19, please look at our D102 alert page. 

For additional support during alternative learning, please click the following links: 
Family Resources for Alternative Learning
Surviving Remote Learning and COVID-19 Coping Support

Barnsdale Attendance Form
Congress Park Attendance Form
Cossitt Attendance Form
Forest Road Attendance Form
Ogden Attendance Form
 
Park Jr. High Attendance Form
Special Education

April 23, 2020 Memo to the Board of Education re: Special Education and COVID-19
April 6, 2020 Letter to Families re: Special Education Remote Learning Plans

AT HOME LEARNING RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:
Council for Exceptional Children Resources for Families

Resources for families from the National Association of School Psychologists and others.

Google Chrome Extension Tools for Students with Special Needs


This includes over 30 ways to use Google Chrome to increase:

  • Text to Speech

  • Readability

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Focus

  • Navigation

Easterseals and Illinois Autism Partnership -School Closure Toolkit

This tool kit includes visual schedule supports that can be customized by parents to meet their child’s individual needs while at home and contains additional links to resources/activities at the end of the document.

PDF Version

NEW FOR COVID-19: Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times from the University of North Carolina

This resource provides social stories and other tools for supporting children with autism during COVID-19.

Non-screen activities you can do at home

Sensory Diet/Sensory Balanced Schedule from the Star Institute

“Long breaks from school mean unscheduled days. We all know it’s important to establish a predictable routine... Here’s our guide to building individualized, dynamic sensory routines.”

Handwriting and Typing Practice

Learning Without Tears (AKA Handwriting Without Tears)  Free 90 day access to online materials to support handwriting and typing skills for students in pre-k through 6th grade.  Parents can access multiple programs.  

MIGHTY PATRIOTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL TEAM 2020 SEASON VIDEO

Click on the link above to view highlights from another successful season!


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 individual education plan (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 under Section 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.

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

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


Parents are encouraged to reach out to those staff who work directly with their children. 
Special Education Staff List by School

We have created a Volunteer Special Education Parent Ambassador Program to help parents of children with special needs understand some of the basics of special education in La Grange 102 while also providing interested parents with a sense of welcoming connection and social support. Ambassadors can help parents to network with one another and may also be able to provide suggestions for outside resources, based on their own individual experiences. Padres embajadores voluntarios de educación especial 2019-2020

Special Education Department Action Steps 2019-2020
CLICK LINK ABOVE FOR PERIODIC PROGRESS UPDATES. 
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
 
TIMELY AND MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION MEETING ON MAY 29, 2020
LaGrange School District 102 will conduct a meeting to discuss the district's plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2020-2021 school year.  The meeting will take remotely via the Zoom platform starting at 10:00 a.m. on May 29, 2020. If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of LaGrange School District 102, you are urged to attend.  If interested in joining the Zoom meeting, please email Traci Milledge at milledgetr@dist102.k12.il.us

UPDATED INFORMATION: REMOTE Extended School Year 2020
This year's ESY program will run for four weeks, from June 8th through July 2nd, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 am through a remote learning platform to ensure student and staff health and safety. Information was emailed home to parents of eligible students, along with an online registration form. The registration deadline is Friday, May 15th. Please contact Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Terry Sofianos Wohlgenant if you have questions or concerns about this year's program at sofianoste@dist102.k12.il.us

 

 

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 homebound/hospital tutoring
Procedure regarding recording meetings or remote learning sessions
Presentations & Handouts
Organizations and Cooperatives
Parent Handbook
Contains information for parents interested in learning more about special education eligibility, processes, and procedures in La Grange District 102. Additional information is located throughout this website. 

Does my child need special education?
Preschool Screening
Referrals – Kindergarten through Grade Eight
Private Evaluations
A-B-C's of Special Education Acronyms List
Updates and Newsletters
CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES ON OUR BLOG, "EVERY CHILD."
COVID-19 LETTERS TO FAMILIES OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
June 2019 NEWSLETTER
Nov 2018 NEWSLETTER
2018-2019 Updates
Dyslexia Identification and Services
What is dyslexia?
How does the district screen students for dyslexia?
What is the state guidance for educating students with dyslexia?
How are students with dyslexia and related conditions served in the district?
Special Education Programs and Services
More information coming soon
RESOURCE
CONNECTIONS
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
STANDALONE RELATED SERVICES
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING THROUGH LADSE
OUTPLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS
Behavioral Intervention Guidelines
More information coming soon
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