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​Welcome to the ISBE Special Education informational web page for educators regarding students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, or Visually impaired. Please expand the sections below for resources, guidance documents, and other important information.​

 Grants to States: Illinois Service Resource Center

Illinois Service Resource Center

The Grants to States Program​ as described in IDEA part B section 611 provides formula grants to assist states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities ages three to 21. Grant projects under this program may use funds for state-level activities such as technical assistance, personnel preparation, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and improving the use of technology in the classroom.

The Illinois Service Resource Center​​ (ISRC) is a program required by the Illinois School code (105 ILCS 5/14-11.03) to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing and have an emotional or behavioral disorder. The program has expanded to include supports for students who are blind or visually impaired as well. ISRC provides free training, onsite assistance and resources for parents and educators of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired. ISRC utilizes a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) model to provide universal, targeted, and intensive interventions and supports.​

Funding Opportunities

 Notification of services from Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

Public Act 093-0282 amended The School Code by changing Section 14-8.02 to read:

“If the child is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired and he or she might be eligible to receive services from the Illinois School for the Deaf or the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, the school district shall notify the parents or guardian, in writing, of the existence of these schools and the services they provide. This notification shall include without limitation information on school services, school admissions criteria, and school contact information.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has developed one-page fact sheets which include all mandated information regarding each of these schools. Districts are encouraged to provide this fact sheet to the parents or guardians of each student with a primary disability label of hearing impairment or visual impairment at the IEP meeting.

 IDEA: Definitions of Disability Categories

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