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Director of Special Education's Message

Mrs. Vedia Page

Welcome!  The district theme this school year is "Accountability: Purpose, Practice and Performance!"  I am honored to have the responsibility of serving students and families. “Accountability breeds responsibility.” Stephen Covey


Dolton School District 149 is committed to providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment with comprehensive services to children with disabilities. Students are supported through a variety of services including: homebound, counseling, social work, nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, vision and hearing itinerant services and transportation. We will follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement and delivery of services to children with disabilities as outlined in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Rules and Regulations governing special education administration.


Child Find/Eligibility

Students are identified for special education through a child find process as required by federal and state guidelines. For preschool age children, developmental screening and services are available through the Preschool Program. For students who are currently attending one of our elementary or middle schools, the district uses a problem solving process to provide interventions to supplement research based core instruction for academic or behavioral concerns. 



Students who may be eligible and in need of special services may be identified through the Dolton School District 149 Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) process or by referral.  Students can be referred for an evaluation by their parents, their teacher or any other concerned adult.  The student's health, vision, hearing, social-emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communication status and motor abilities are all components of an evaluation that are considered at a domain review.  Students are found eligible for special education services following the evaluation if they exhibit deficits that impede their learning. 


English Language Learners

Additionally, we provide language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELL).  These services include instruction and support in building competency in the understanding of reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language. We follow the guidelines of Title 23 of the Illinois Administrative Code 228, which outlines the Transitional Bilingual Education Program and the Transitional Program of Instruction Program.  


A strong commitment from family, school and the community is essential in the success of our students. I am passionate about educating and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.  For further information or questions, please feel free to contact me at (708) 868 – 8300.



Vedia Page, Director of Special Education


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