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Special Education

The Department of Special Education

Maine Township High School District 207 provides a full continuum of services for students found eligible to receive special education services. We are committed to provide a supportive environment in which our students with special needs can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational, and life skills. The department offers a full continuum of services and placements from support in the general education environment to specialized instructional courses, and/or related services. A significant goal of the Special Education Department is to assist students in becoming independent effective self-advocates. 

Maine Township High School District 207 coordinates and maintains specific procedures for referral, placement, and program development. Support and services for all students are provided as outlined within a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Students may qualify for special education services under the following categories:

  • Autism | Deaf-Blindness | Deafness | Emotional Disability |Hearing Impairments | Intellectual Disability | Multiple Disabilities | Orthopedic Impairment | Other Health Impairment  | Specific Learning Disabilities | Speech or Language Impairment | Traumatic Brain Injury | Visual Impairment
  • Click here to view the Illinois State Board of Education definitions of these disability areas

Special Education Services and Placement
Students found eligible for Special Education are provided services within a variety of settings. Services and Placement is determined through a multi-disciplinary conference based on the student’s individual needs. Educational Services and placement is determined based on the identified needs of individual students and provided along a continuum placements in the least restrictive environment (LRE). 

Placements at Maine Township High School District 207 may include:
Resource (Seminar) | General Education with Support (Co-Taught, Supplementary Aids and Services, Teacher Assistants) | Specialized Instruction | Cross Categorical Specialized | Educational Life Skills | Multi-Needs Program | Ralph J. Frost Academy (Therapeutic Public Day School) | Maine Township Transition Program (Transition Program)

Special Education Parent Rights

PUNS NIGHT Hosted by: Maine Township High School District 207 and Community Alternatives Unlimited

This school year, we will be holding PUNS Night a little earlier in the year.  PUNS Night will be help on Tuesday December 11, 2018 in the Maine Township Transition Center at Maine East.  

PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) is a database of Illinois infants, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities who have needs for developmental disability services or supports. The PUNS database helps the state identify and plan for your child’s immediate and future needs.

Children age 3 and up may be registered for PUNS.  The earlier your child is on the PUNS database the better.  This is the only way the State of Illinois will know that your child needs or will need services (i.e. funding).  There is no guarantee that you will receive funding; however, if you are not on the PUNS database, you will not have the chance to be chosen for services (with the exception of a crisis situation.)

On Tuesday December 11, 2018, Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU) will bring case managers to meet face-to-face with the primary caregivers and/or guardians and their children/young adults with special needs.  The interview will last approximately 30 minutes.

Please bring the following for your PUNS appointment:

  1. The Student
  2. Copy of Social Security Card
  3. Copy of Medicaid/All Kids card (if you have one)
  4. Copy of current IEP and/or Psychological Evaluation to show eligibility for special education services

CAU has asked that families make an appointment on PUNS Night for first time sign ups for the PUNS list only and not for yearly renewals.  

If you have already signed up for the PUNS list, you can update each year by calling 773-867-4000 and making an appointment to update over the phone. 

CHOICES: A Post-Secondary Planning Night for Students with Special Needs 

A consortium of counselors and special educators representing high schools in the northern suburbs of Chicago each October presents a college planning night titled CHOICES: A Post-Secondary Planning Night for Students with Special Needs. This year’s program will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015.  

To learn more or find out more details, please visit A brochure is also available.

CHOICES has provided students, parents and educators with important information to assist in post-secondary transition planning.  Last fall, approximately sixty colleges, universities and transition programs sent support services representatives to the Choices Fair.  More than 900 students and parents, as well as local high school special educators, attended the event. This year, our program will again offer a series of informational sessions.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Diane Spillman at [email protected]

JumpStart Youth Employment Program
JumpStart, based out of Maine 207, is a federally funded program, funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).