Special Education Resources

Winnebago&Boone County Public Schools Special Education Departments

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The Northwestern Illinois Association- A Special Education Cooperative

Offers a variety of direct and consultative services to member Northwestern Illinois school districts (over 70 served). Services for children 3-21 years include: assistive technology; audiology; vision; consultation team for children with autism spectrum disorders; orthopedic and multiple impairments; physical therapy; occupational therapy; supported employment; early childhood&life skills supervision; and inclusion facilitation. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classroom in Eligin. Professional development programs are offered for educators, paraprofessionals, and parents. Parents should register their children through their home district first to access services. The Autism Library is offered free of charge through the Rockford Office. M-F 8-4:30.

  • 245 West Exchange Street, Suite 4
    (main administrative office)
    Sycamore, IL 60178
  • Phone: 815-895-9227
  • Fax: 815-895-2971
  • 3626 East State Street
    (Rockford regional office)
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Phone: 815-964-0937, ext 214 for The Autism Library
  • Fax: 815-964-2210

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RAMP No Limits

Provides multiple services to promote independent living for indviduals with a disability. Provides youth education and advocacy- including individual education plan (IEP) specialists, individual and systemic advocacy, peer support, community education, deaf services, information and referrals, equipment loaning, accessibility assessments, independent living skills training, community re-integration program, brain injury case management, and personal assistant services.

  • 202 Market Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: (815)968-7467, TTY: (815)968-2401
  • Fax: (815)968-7612
  • 530 S State Street, Suite 103
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: (815)544-8404, TTY: (815)544-8404
  • Fax: (815)544-1896


Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism

Accepts students 3-21 years from NW Illinois with primary diagnosis of autism, cognitive delay, behavioral disorder, or emotional disorder, must be approved by school district of origin as part of individual education plan.


Child Find

Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. This Child Find web site is mainly focused on Part C of the IDEA, the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. However, much of the information and many of the links listed on the Child Find web site can be useful in conducting child find for all young children, not just child find for infants and toddlers.

  • 100 N. 1st Street
    Springfield, IL 62777


Illinois StarNet

Illinois StarNet provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STARNET supports family-centered

Community College Initiative

The purpose of the Community College Initiative (CCI) is to encourage people with disabilities to pursue college training that will’enhance skills and provide for greater employment opportunities. Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) believes that up to 1,500 individuals may benefit from the initiative through the end of the ARRA funding in September 2011.

  • 107 N. 3rd Street
    Rockford, IL 61107
  • Phone: 815-987-4964
  • General Illinois DRS Phone: 877-761-9780