Special Education


Woodridge School District 68 offers a full continuum of Special Education services for students with disabilities. 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.

If you have concerns regarding your student’s progress either academically or socially, the first person to contact is your child’s teacher. Do not hesitate to ask the teacher to involve other professionals if it seems warranted. All schools have a school social worker, school psychologist, Learning Behavior Specialists, and other related service providers. Members of this team will collaborate with you to identify next steps to address these concerns.

Woodridge 68 follows the state and federal laws that establish criteria for special education eligibility. The federal government recognizes 14 categories under which children may qualify for special education. These disabilities include: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, emotional disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)/Article 14 may qualify for services under Section 504 if the child (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.

Related Service Logs

Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs). Woodridge School District 68 will maintain related service logs that record the type and number of minutes of the related service(s) administered to such students. Copies of any related service logs will be provided to parents/guardians upon request.

Meeting Paperwork

At least 3 days before IEP meetings and evaluations, parents will be provided with draft copies of evaluations, collected data, and numerous IEP components that will be considered and discussed at the meeting in compliance with Public Act 101-0643. District staff will provide this paperwork via email to parents.  Please contact your child's Case Manager if you wish to receive this information through a different method.  

Interpretation Services

Woodridge School District 68 is committed to supporting and enhancing full parent participation in the IEP process. Interpretation services will be provided as requested at any IEP meeting.  Parents/guardians have the right to request that the interpreter provided by the school district serve no other role in the IEP meeting than as an interpreter. Please contact your child's teacher and/or Case Manager with any questions or complaints about interpretation services or to request an interpreter for an IEP meeting.

Student Services

Student Services is an integral part of Woodridge 68's total education program. The Student Services staff members in the district and at each school partner with students, parents, other educators, and the community to assist in creating an educational environment that fosters the academic, personal, social and career growth of all students. Studetn Services staff members are extensively involved in implementing programs that assist all students to reach their maximum potential and be prepared for continuous learning and productive citizenship.

School Association for Special Education (SASED)

Woodridge 68 is a member of the School Association for Special Education (SASED) in DuPage County (SASED), a cooperative of 18 school districts providing services to over 6,000 students with disabilities in DuPage County, Illinois. Member districts provide special education and related services to the majority of students with disabilities. SASED, as an extension of each member district, provides programs and services for students with moderate and severe disabilities, and for students whose behavior requires an alternative setting. SASED also operates specialized programs on a regional basis for students with severe hearing, vision, and orthopedic disabilities. Private placement opportunities are also utilized, when appropriate.

Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS)

The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilities supports quality, integrated, person-centered services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The system of services and supports in Illinois enhance opportunities for individuals to make real choices and receive appropriate, accessible, prompt, efficient and life-spanning services that are strongly monitored to ensure individual progress, quality of life and safety. PUNS is a statewide database that records information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are planning for or seeking services. Dr. Anne Bowers, Director of Special Education, and each school social worker are trained in PUNS.

Illinois State Board of Education

Parent Guide: Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois