Special Education Services
Technical Assistance Projects
Children with disabilities sometimes need and are entitled to special equipment and services to ensure that they have access to a free and appropriate education (FAPE).
Service Resource Center
The Illinois Service Resource Center is the coordination center for a wide variety of services tailored specifically for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and exhibit behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges.
- Illinois State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)
The Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC) provides professional development and technical assistance supports to public school districts across the state. ISTAC’s goal is to improve outcomes for all students, with a focus on building the capacity of Illinois school districts to meet the needs of students with disabilities, within the overall context of school improvement. ISTAC services promote wellness and prevention, a multi-tiered system of supports and collaborative family and community partnerships. Content is concentrated in the areas of educational environment, school climate and culture, student behavior, stakeholder engagement, transition planning and other special education mandates. High quality trainings modules, focused on evidence-based best practices within the context of a multi-tiered system of supports, are available to all schools. Technical assistance to support this learning is provided to ISBE-identified districts through an array of modalities and graduated levels of intensity, from consultation to ongoing coaching and based on district data. All ISTAC technical assistance utilizes a coaching and support network model, focused on systems change that supports sustainable implementation of evidence-based practices, and employs data collection and analysis for ongoing progress monitoring and data-based decision making.
Project Reach provides technical assistance, information, and training to address the early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services needs of children with deaf-blindness and enhance state capacity to improve services and outcomes for children and their families.