• Free Appropriate Public Education

    The District shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the District.

    Students are identified as eligible for special education services through a referral process and a case study evaluation of the student.  The results of the case study evaluation are used to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the student.  Parents, general and special education teachers, and administrators meet regularly to review student progress, identify individual student needs, and monitor the implementation of the IEP.  If you have questions regarding special education programs at District 86 or would like to refer your child to be considered for a case study evaluation, please contact:

    Tammy Prentiss
    Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
    5500 South Grant Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an IEP, as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and implementing provisions of the Code, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was enacted to prohibit discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal funds. Students who are unable to participate in school programs or activities because of a disability that affects one of their major life activities (such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, and learning) may be eligible for accommodations through a Section 504 plan. Inquiries about 504 plans should be directed to:

    Dr. Jason Rehfeldt
    Student Services Coordinator
    (630) 468-4416

    Additional information on District 86 policies on the education of children with disabilities, with respect to Section 504, can be found on the district website d86.hinsdale96.org / Student Services and in Board Policy 6.120 Education of Children with Disabilities