Illinois

Learn more about what Illinois is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

COVID-19 Summer Youth Employment Program (C-SYEP)

Summary: The Illinois Department of Human Services developed the COVID-19 Summer Youth Employment Program (C-SYEP) which is designed to target current youth and new youth interested in working toward a goal of developing workplace skills and gaining employment experience while exploring potential Career Pathways. Grantees will partner with local employers in need of Summer workers. The primary objective for youth served in the C-SYEP program is to develop their “Essential Employability Skills” and to earn a minimum of 180 hours of entry-level work experience.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Human Services

Topic: Transition

FAQ for Special Education During Remote Learning

Summary: Illinois provides a general FAQ document that includes information pertaining to IEPs and services during distance learning. It examines how schools can provide non-discriminatory services remotely, and it discusses best practices for IEP meetings and adjusting IEPs in accordance with restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Transition

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents of Students with Disabilities Regarding School Year 2020-21

Summary: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides a document for parents and guardians of students with disabilities with information necessary to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. ISBE has been working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide guidance that promotes the safety and health of students and adults. The document addresses distance learning, IEP, mental health, face coverings and provides additional resources.

Operated by: Illinois State Board of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP, Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education on the Transition to In-Person Instruction

Summary: As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the Illinois State Board of Education released a document that provides guidance for frequently asked questions regarding the transition to in-person instruction. These questions include topics such as extended school year services, compensatory services, class size, homebound services, health and safety, IEPs and transition services.

Operated by: Illinois State Board of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Transition

Frequently Asked Questions for Special Education During Remote Learning

Summary: The Illinois State Board of Education shared a document providing answers for frequently asked questions for successful education practices that align with Executive Order 2020-15 and the Emergency Amendment to Part 5, beginning March 31, 2020, include the implementation of remote learning with students with disabilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes distance learning, IEP, teletherapy and transition services.

Operated by: Illinois State Board of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Teletherapy, Transition

ISBE Special Education Guidance

Summary: Illinois provides a general FAQ document that includes information pertaining to IEPs and service provision during distance learning. This document discusses adjustments and best practices for virtual IEP meetings, compensatory services for students with IEPs and how schools can obtain necessary resources for students with IEPs.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Remote Learning for Students Who are Hard of Hearing, Deaf, or Deafblind

Summary: Illinois created a document that includes tips and resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It provides stringent requirements for educators teaching students with disabilities, including the provision of assistive technology to qualifying students. Additionally, it provides resources and best practices for families to assist their child with distance learning with regard to students with hearing impairments.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Remote Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Summary: Illinois created a document that includes tips and resources pertaining to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder during distance learning. These tips provide best practices for educators and families helping students with autism adjust to schedule and cognitive difficulties related to distance learning, with virtual resources providing services specifically for students with autism.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

Remote Learning for Students with Significant Intellectual or Multiple Disabilities

Summary: Illinois created a document containing tips and resources for students with Intellectual or multiple disabilities. It lists stringent requirements for schools providing special education services, requires schools to provide students with disabilities necessary assistive technology and lists resources for both educators and families to improve the distance learning experience for students with disabilities.

Operated by: Illinois Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement