Special Education and Student Services

It is with great honor that I welcome you to the HSA-McKinley Charter School Diverse Learner (DL) webpage.  Special Education services are available to meet the unique educational needs of eligible students.  Our department plays an important role in the total educational program for the (DL) student.  The (DL) Department strives to cultivate partnerships with parents, teachers, students, administrators, community members, and other stakeholders.

The (DL) Department has a core set of beliefs that all students can learn, but in various ways and at different rates.  We also believe that there is value in every learner who attends our schools.  All students should benefit from their education, and the (DL) Department will work to ensure this with fidelity.

Collaboration and positive partnerships are paramount for the progress of our learning community.  It is essential that all students are given the opportunity to have success in their academic and social emotional school experience and the (DL) Department is here to assist in that process.

If there are any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully yours,

              Heather Ericson                                                                                            Michelle Chavez

Executive Director of Special Education                                                           Case Manager     

erickson@hsamckinley.org                                                                      chavez@hsamckinley.org

Policy and Laws:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Americans with Disabilities Act: https://www.ada.gov/

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act: https://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm


What is the difference between IDEA and ADA with IEP and 504 students? http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html


Parent Resources:

US Department of Education– Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services



Illinois State Board of Education– Special Education Programs



Chicago Public Schools– Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services



Concept Schools – Special Education Department



Procedural Safeguards: Updated July 2017