Special Education

District 4 is a member of the North DuPage Special Education Cooperative (NDSEC), a comprehensive special education program that provides appropriate services to children ages 3-15 who have exceptional needs. A full continuum of special education and related services is available to all children who meet specific eligibility requirements. All schools are committed to providing services in the least restrictive environment. This commitment enables children to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum as much as possible.

The goal of special education and related services is to support each child and address his or her individual needs. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with parents, general education teachers and special education staff on a yearly basis. The IEP, which includes goals and benchmarks, is evaluated three times per year

The Student Services Team comprised of general and special education teachers, a nurse, psychologist, social worker, speech/language pathologist and administrator is available in each school. The team collaborates to adapt curriculum and teaching strategies to meet individual student needs.

Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs).   Addison School District 4 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 available to parents/guardians at their child’s annual review IEP meeting. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities may also request copies of their child’s related service logs at any time.


Areas of Eligibility
  • Autism
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Developmental Delay (3-9)
  • Emotional Disability
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an IEP may qualify for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 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.