Services offered for eligible students
through Macon-Piatt include hearing evaluations with an audiologist, brailling services, hearing interpreters, assistive technology,
occupational therapy, orientation and mobility services, physical therapy, speech/language services, social work services,
behavioral support, academic support, autism support, vocational training, and a variety of trainings to staff based on needs.
In addition to the services listed
above, Macon-Piatt Special Education has a variety of cooperative programs that students from all school districts may access,
if their home school cannot meet their unique needs.
Social/Emotional Development: Currently housed in specific schools in Decatur School District for students grades K-12.
This program teaches core academic subjects in a safe environment, while focusing on teaching specific social and emotional
regulation skills. Vision Program: Available in student's home school, as well as centrally in a specific school in Decatur.
This program teaches adaptations needed for visually impaired and braille skills for the blind. Assistive technology
is a major component of this program. Hearing Program: Available in student's home school, as well as centrally in a specific school in Decatur.
This program teaches skills for listening and speaking, as well as sign language. Assistive technology is a major component
of this program. Life Skills: Available in specific schools in Decatur for students grades K-12. This program focuses on
alternative curriculum aligned to the IL state standards. Students are taught functional skills in daily
living, community living, recreation/leisure, and vocational training. Essential Skills: Available in specific schools in Decatur for students grades K-12. This program focuses on
skills similar to that of Life Skills, with smaller class sizes and a smaller staff-to-student ratio. Communication
development is a primary focus. Special Education Alternative Program: Available within the Decatur Area Technical Academy building, as well as other locations off site.
This setting provides the highest security for student safety. This program focuses on teaching skills for self-control
and self-monitoring so students may gain skills to reenter their home schools with success.