Urbana School District #116

Student Services / Special Education

Todd Taylor
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services


According to the International Dyslexia Association definition as adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education, Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

If you have concerns that your child has dyslexia or has been diagnosed with dyslexia, please contact the principal or school psychologist at your child’s school, so the school team can work with you to determine whether an evaluation for eligibility and services for special education is warranted.

Special Education

The Department of Special Education provides programs for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22. A full range of special programs are available through the following programs and services:

  • Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Services for Students with Emotional Disabilities
  • Services for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities
  • Services for Students with Speech/Language Impairments
  • Services for Students with Severe/Profound Multiple Disabilities
  • Services for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Services for Students who are Visually Impaired
  • Services for Students with Physical Disabilities
  • Services for Students with Health Impairments
  • Home/Hospital Instruction
  • School Social Work Services
  • School Psychological Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Alternative Special Education Programs
  • Pre Natal Class
  • Wrap-Around Services

If you object to the special education services that are being proposed for your child, you may request a meeting to review the individualized educational program. This review will include the professional staff who provided information upon which this decision was made. You or your representative may, prior to the local review conference, request the opportunity to examine all information on which the placement decision was made. In summary, it is important that you know and understand that you have the following rights:

  1. To inspect and review records.
  2. To be notified before the school initiates or changes (or refuses to initiate or change) the identification, evaluation or placement of your child.
  3. To an independent educational evaluation.
  4. To give consent before an evaluation is conducted and before initial placement is made in special education.
  5. To request an impartial due process hearing to question the agency’s identification, evaluation or placement of your child or to question the agency’s provision of a free appropriate public education.
  6. To have a full and individual evaluation of your child’s educational needs.
  7. To have your child educated with non-disabled children to the maximum extent possible.
  8. To restrict access to your child’s records by withholding consent to disclose records.
  9. To revoke your consent for special education and related services at any time.

Your child’s educational status will not be changed without your being informed prior to the change.

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 22 years of age and suspect that he/she may have special education needs, or if you have questions concerning special education programs and/or services, contact the building principal of the school your child attends or: Mr. Todd Taylor Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Urbana School District #116 P. O. Box 3039 Urbana, IL 61803-3039

Special Education Resources on the Illinois State Board of Education Website

Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities https://www.isbe.net/Documents/nc_proc_sfgrds_34-57j.pdf

Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois https://www.isbe.net/Documents/parent_guide_english.pdf

Illinois Student Record Keeper for Parents of Students who Receive Special Education Services: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/student_records_keeper.pdf

Understanding Dyslexia:

Special Services for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Individuals

CASE Audiology website