LaGrange School District 105, in partnership with the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE), provides child find activities to identify students in need of special education services. Education and related services may be provided to a child who may qualify under either Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under either provision, District 105 supports the intent of the federal and state mandate to meet student needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). In meeting the requirements of LRE, our school community continues to embrace inclusive instructional practices.
IDEA was established in 1975 to ensure students with disabilities are identified and educated through their public school. State and federal law requires schools to provide an appropriate education for all children with an identified disability between the ages 3 through 21.
The District provides a continuum of special education services to students through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). 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. Educational programs and services are specially designed to meet the needs of a student with an identified disability.
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. Students with disabilities shall be provided accommodations in order to ensure equal participation in the school setting. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity: self-care, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
When a student with disabilities requires an accommodation, the parents and school representatives will meet to determine the disability, and develop a written plan outlining accommodations that will be provided in the school setting.
NOTICE REGARDING RELATED SERVICE LOGS
Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs). District 105 will maintain related service logs that record the type and number of minutes of the related service(s) administered to such students. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities may request copies of their child's related service logs at any time.
Mrs. Coleen Winterfield
Director of Student Services
(708) 482-2700 ext. 1006
Ms. Cheryl Wagemann
Assistant Director of Student Services
(708) 482-2700 ext. 1420
Ms. Vida Garcia
Administrative Assistant of Student Services
(708) 482-2700 ext. 1008