Unit 4 has plans in place to help students with disabilities

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 08/28 2014 05:14PM

Updated 08/28 2014 05:49PM

CHAMPAIGN -- It's discouraging to see Illinois at the bottom of the list, but there are some innovative approaches to change it. They're ideas which could play a role in fixing Illinois.

Unit 4 is working hard to help disabled students get a good education. Administrators say they're concerned about achievement for kids with disabilities compared to kids without. They also invest in students' social and emotional abilities.

Elizabeth deGruy is in charge of the Special Education Program. She says small groups are key to helping kids with disabilities achieve success. deGruy says it's not a matter of limited resources, but developing programs with a clear goal in mind.

Another goal is closing the gap between kids with and without disabilities. About 1,300 students with disabilities receive instruction and related-services in Champaign schools.

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