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Easterseals Academy

Easterseals Academy empowers each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community.

School districts contract with Easterseals to assist in providing year-round educational programs for children with an autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, developmental delay or intellectual disability. We provide an alternative school placement for students and help them achieve independence. Easterseals Academy is conveniently located in Chicago, Rockford and Tinley Park.



Easterseals Academy is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to serve students ages 3 through 21 who meet specific enrollment requirements. 

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We maintain a high staff-student ratio and each student has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP).  We offer integrated therapies and instruction is centered around evidence-based practices. The curriculum map is aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Easterseals aims to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to engage in age-appropriate social and leisure activities, as well as to gain important community experiences.

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Clinical Services

Related services available at the schools include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, nursing and social work. All services and the frequency of services are driven by the student’s needs and determined by the IEP team. Art therapy, music therapy, vocational training, adapted physical education and behavioral consultation may also be offered.
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Post-Secondary Services

By the age of fourteen-and-a-half, students are assessed and a comprehensive transition plan is created which includes post-secondary outcomes and goals. Students participate in a variety of vocational activities and the program combines simulated and authentic work settings. 

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Easterseals Academy is conveniently located in Chicago, Rockford and Tinley Park. 



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Parent Support Group

Easterseals offers support and training to parents on a regular basis.


CARF accreditation is official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

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