Illinois State Agencies

  • When I am Three, Where Will I Be? - A Parent’s Transition Workbook

    When I’m 3, Where Will I Be? A Family’s Transition Workbook is a product of the Illinois Birth-5 Transition Guidance Committee in collaboration with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Parent liaisons and service coordinators from Child and Family Connections offices, parent representatives, school district personnel and many others contributed to this workbook.

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  • Illinois Student Records Keeper

    This booklet is for you to use to keep important information about your child and his/her special education and related services. It is a companion to Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Records play an important role as you plan your child’s education. Dates, people, meetings and reports are important throughout your child’s educational career.

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  • Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois

    This guide is written for parents of children who receive or are suspected of needing special education and related services, teachers, education administrators and professionals, and service providers. Special education and related services are supports and services provided to children with disabilities. Certain procedures must be followed to determine if a child is eligible to receive special education services. Those procedures are written in federal and state laws. Special education laws and procedures can be complicated.

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  • Special Education

    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.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education

    Early childhood special education services for children, three through five years of age and their families, are provided through local school districts and special education cooperatives. Professionals with training and expertise in special education services implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, by supporting the educational needs of young children and families.

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  • Illinois Department of Human Services

    IDHS' Division of Developmental Disabilities provides services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services) statewide database records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. In Illinois, enrolling in PUNS is the first step to the individual receiving state funded disability services outside the educational setting. See Understanding PUNS-DHS 431: A Guide to Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services for more information.

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