The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility categories.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2011 child count (most current available), Illinois reported the following:

  • Autism - 17,895 students, seventh highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 18,963 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 20,747 students, fifth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education Services monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

The Illinois Autism Task Force issued its report on improving autism-related services in 2013.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Illinois does not have a disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Illinois does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Illinois enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Illinois insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Illinois had 13 supervisors (direct service providers) and 36 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information centers

Family Matters is Illinois' statewide parent training and information center. The Family Resource Center on Disabilities supports families in Chicago's metropolitan area.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Illinois are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Illinois is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information and resource listings are available from the local school districts and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at special education resources.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Illinois may be found at military education resources.

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