Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.
The Preamble to IDEA 2004
The Pupil Personnel Department coordinates a variety of services so students can be active learners achieving high levels of success from cradle to college.
Services and supports, include:
- Autism & Behavioral Supports
- Psychological Services
- Social Work Services
- Health Services
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Parent & Educator Partnership
New Illinois Learning Standards
Child Find Screenings
The Chicago Public Schools citywide Child Find Screening Team provides free early childhood developmental screenings for children birth to 5 who reside within the boundaries of the city of Chicago. Developmental screenings can show you if your child is having difficulties with: cognitive/academic, communication, social-emotional, and fine/gross motor skills. A Hearing/vision screening is also available. Regional screenings are held monthly at several Chicago Public libraries across the city. No appointment is necessary for the regional screening locations.
Please see flyer for details.
Regional Child Find Screening Team Schedule [English]
Regional Child Find Screening Team Schedule [Spanish]
Citywide Assessment Teams
The CATs mission is to complete high quality assessments for non-attending students by determining students’ strengths and needs, in order to ensure success in an academic setting. The objectives of CATs are to emphasize integrated comprehensive assessment, use assessment data to drive educational planning, ensure parents are active participants in the assessment and educational planning process, bridge the gap between CAT evaluation and school based services and supports and lastly, educate families regarding strategies, supports and available resources.
Please see below flyer regarding what to expect during an evaluation at the CATs.
Citywide Assessment Teams (CAT) Flyer [English]
Citywide Assessment Teams (CAT) Flyer [Spanish]
Related Service Providers
A related service provider (RSP) is a specialist who works directly with students or teachers, families, staff and administrators, to improve educational outcomes by increasing access to the curriculum and learning environment. RSPs provide a variety of prevention and intervention services; collaborate and consult with teachers, school staff, and families to provide instructional strategies along with behavioral interventions and classroom management skills; create a continuum of support services for all students; and provide direct services and supports. RSPs in CPS include audiologists, occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs), school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
Please view the role of RSPs and FAQs in the school setting.
Role of RSPs_Integrated Comprehensive Services
Integrated Comprehensive Services FAQ