Special Education


Community Consolidated School District 181 provides a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities who are eligible and are three years of age and older. District 181 provides programs and appropriate related services for students who have been identified as needing such services in order to have access to and gain benefit from the general education curricula. If you feel that your child may have a disability that is interfering with his/her education, please contact your building Principal or Pupil Services Administrator (PSA).

If you have any questions concerning special education programs and services or concerning the educational rights of students with disabilities, please contact the Department of Learning at (630) 861-4945.



Specialized Programs




Social Emotional Learning


Social Emotional Learning provides the framework for students to begin their journey to high school, college and career readiness. Ideally, all students begin high school with the ability to manage their own stress, fear, and insecurities. Our caring and supportive staff rely on the use of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework to assist students in understanding their difficulties and developing specific strategies to improve Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Skills. Some students, however, have many external and internal factors impacting their success. Program Success is designed to address these factors through the instruction of social emotional skills and academic skill support.

Contact Information

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Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Homeless Liaison
Dr. Dana Bergthold
630.861.4945

Administrative Assistant to Special Education
Erica Giuffre
630.861.4945

Pupil Service Administrators

  • Erin Eder - Prospect / Monroe
  • Melissa Capizzi - Walker /RISE/ CHMS
  • Lisa Hendrix - Elm / Oak / ECE
  • Chris Reid - HMS / Foundations / Program Success
  • Donna Rusick - Madison / The Lane

Special Education Resource Links

Illinois State Board of Education - Special Education Resources

Screening Dates

2020 Screening Dates TBA

Procedural Manual

Special Education Procedural Manual

A Special Education Procedural Manual is intended to serve as a representation of procedures that staff are required to follow when addressing the needs of special education students, and it can assist parents in navigating the processes and procedures that may be implemented when addressing their child’s needs relative to special education. The Board approved the manual for adoption at its December 2017 Business meeting.