• Welcome to Special Programs
     
    Thornton Township High School District 205 has three high schools that offer a full spectrum of Special Education Services.  These support services allow special needs students to achieve their goals of graduating from high school.  Additionally, each student is involved with creating a transition plan that will address his/her specific needs and plans for the future.  Together with their counselor and case load teacher, each student will be assisted with investigating higher education opportunities, training programs that teach job skills for future employment, and prepares each student with skills to transition into adult living.
     
     
    Classifications of Disabilities
     
    Specific Learning Disabilities means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. The term does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage. [105 ILCS 5/14-1.03(a)]
     

    Emotional Disability (includes schizophrenia but does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted, unless it is determined that they have an emotional disturbance) means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child's educational performance:

    • An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors;
    • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers;
    • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances;
    • A general pervasive mood of anxiety or unhappiness or depression; or
    • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
     
    Cognitive Disability means significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
     
    Deafness means a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
     
    Deaf-Blindness means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.
     
    Hearing Impairments means an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.
     
    Visual Impairment means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness. 6.  Visually Impaired:
     

    Other Health Impairment means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened sensitivity to environmental stimuli, that results in limited alertness with respect to the educational environment that

    • is due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, or sickle cell anemia; and
    • adversely affects a child's educational performance.
     
    Orthopedic Impairment means a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes impairments caused by congenital anomaly (e.g., clubfoot, absence of some member, etc.), impairments caused by disease (e.g., Poliomyelitis, bone tuberculosis, etc.), and impairments from other causes ( e.g., cerebral palsy, amputations, and fractures or burns that cause contractures).
     
    Speech or Language Impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child's educational performance
     
    Multiple Disabilities means concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness, mental retardation-orthopedic impairment, etc.), the combination of which causes such severe educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for one of the impairments. The term does not include deaf-blindness.
     
    Special Programs also encompasses those students with a 504 Plan. The Office of Civil Rights states the following about the eligibility for a 504 plan:

    STUDENTS PROTECTED UNDER SECTION 504

    Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: 1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; 2) have a record of such an impairment, or 3) be regarded as having such an impairment. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Name Title Phone Email
Lynn Atchison Thornridge Special Education Department Chair (708) 271-4492 atchison.lynn@district205.net
Sharon Hosari Thornridge Case Manager (708) 271-4677 hosari.sharon@district205.net
Laura Cervantes Thornridge Special Programs Secretary 708-271-4460 cervantes.laura@district205.net
Candice Johnson Thornton Special Education Department Chair (708)225-4192 johnson.candice@district205.net
Natasha Douyoun Thornton Case Manager 708-225-4182/4253 douyoun.natasha@district205.net
Adrienne Gill Thornton Special Programs Secretary 708-225-4010 gill.adrienne@district205.net
Danielle Jania Thornwood Special Education Department Chair 708-225-4792 jania.danielle@district205.net
Veronica Guerrera Thornwood Case Manager (708)225-4745 guerrera.veronica@district205.net
Donna Walsh Thornwood Special Programs Secretary 708-225-4784 walsh.donna@district205.net