Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative

Services & Support

Mid-Valley provides services for students with special needs, the staff who serve them, and the families who love them. Specific information can be located about these services throughout the MVSEC Handbook. They services are grouped into the following categories

Student Services

  • Specialized Programs
  • Itinerant Services
  • Support and Related Services
  • Extended School Year

Staff Services:

  • Administrative Services
  • Technical Assistance
  • Professional Development

Family Support and Advocacy:

  • Parent Network
  • Parent Resources
  • Topical Presentations

Student Services

Specialized Programs. MVSEC provides comprehensive and highly specialized programs for exceptional children. Most programs are housed in various locations throughout the member districts. Students integrate and interact with the students from their “host” schools. Families are encouraged to become a part of their child’s school culture as much as possible.

For the 2018-19 school year, the following programs will be provided to serve students referred to MVSEC from member districts:

  • Little Hands and Voices for students ages 3-5 who have mild to severe hearing loss and can benefit from a program with multiple communication modes.
  • ABLE Program (Ability-Based Learning and Education) is for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who demonstrate multiple and complex disabilities and who have significant physical, cognitive and communication needs. Students benefit from a focus on functional academics, life skills and a wide variety of vocational training experiences.
  • New Pathways Program for students in grades preschool through 12th grade who have significant educational challenges as a result of autism or similar neurodevelopmental delays.
  • The ELS Program (Educational Life Skills) is for students in grades kindergarten through 12thgrade whose primary needs are cognitive in nature and benefit from a focus on functional academics, adapted living, social and a wide variety of vocational skills.
  • S.A.I.L. Program (Students Attaining Independent Living) for students ages 18-22 who require a transition program based at Elgin Community College, Waubonsee Community College or the Shelby Transition Center. The program focuses on independent living skills, personal-social skills, self-care and a wide range of vocational training experiences.
  • Twelve Plus is for students who have completed four years of high school, but continue to need additional support as they transition to college or career.
  • New Directions Program is designed for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade whose primary needs are emotional or behavioral in nature and who benefit from a comprehensive, alternative school environment.
  • SAFE Schools for students in 6th-12th grades who require an alternative educational program due to consideration for suspension or expulsion in their home schools. Although it is not a program for students with special needs, this program is housed at the Mades-Johnstone Center (MJC).