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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


Special Education

Woman sitting at desk and talking on phoneHelpline

We have a Special Education Helpline to help you help your child. Our Helpline staff can answer your questions, provide support and assist you with learning about your legal rights. Our Helpline is toll-free: 1-866-KIDS-046 (1-866-543-7046). Learn more about our Special Education Helpline.

Teenage boy writing at desk in a classroom with other kidsSpecial Education Issues

Learn about specific special education topics, such as:


Male student in a library leaning against bookshelf.Online Trainings

Use our Online Trainings to learn about your rights, hear advice from attorneys, and get answers to your questions.  Here are the online training topics we currently have:

  • Transition Plan:  Learn about and plan for your future after high school for getting a job, going to college or trade school, and living on your own.  You can also create your own transition plan, print it and take your plan to your next IEP meeting.
  • Discipline (School Disciplinary Actions):  Learn about your rights when suspended, expelled, sent home, sent to an alternative school, and disciplined for other school misconduct.


Little girl saying "I love you" in sign languageSpecial Projects

Our Special Education Clinic has several projects.  These projects allow us to help under-served populations, including:


icon-with-question-mark-SMALLFrequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to many common questions about special education.


Photo of Rebecca Wylie, an EFE intern who uses a wheelchairRights Information

View our fact sheets and videos to get more specific information about rights related to this topic.


Independent Client Assistance Program

If you are a transition age student and have questions about how DRS can work with your school program, our Independent Client Assistance Program can help.


Man typing on keyboardResources

Find links to other websites and organizations that provide helpful information or services related to this topic.


Boy with Downs Syndrome drawing with crayonsEFE’s Recent Work

Read examples of cases we’ve handled that involve special education.


Last updated: September 08, 2023

This website is made possible by funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, both the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of Equip for Equality and do not necessarily represent the official view of any of these agencies.

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