Batavia is committed to providing a full continuum of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities. We proudly support students from the ages of 3–22 throughout the District.
Our Administrative Team works collaboratively with our special education teachers and specialists to design and implement programs that meet the needs of students throughout Batavia. Our goal is to provide leadership and support for our team so that together we can help each student feel excited about school while reaching his or her full potential as a leaner and a citizen in our community.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Lisa Palese, Director of Student Services
Kari Ruh, Assistant Director of Student Services and Early Childhood Program Director
Laura Anderson, Divisional Coordinator for Student Services, BHS
Natalie Assell, Assistant Director for Student Services
Kelli Anas, Outplacement Coordinator
- Education for Homeless Children
- Early Childhood
- Special Education Program
- School Social Work
- Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative
- Batavia Special Education Parents Network (BSPN): Support network for parents of special-education students comprised of parents, special-education teachers, school therapists, and administrators from BPS101. Any parent can benefit from the exchange of ideas and information with other parents and school personnel.
- Starnet: Provides training, assistance on request, and resources to parents of young children with special needs and professionals in the early childhood community.
- Fox Valley Special Recreation Association: Provides a diverse range of year-round recreational opportunities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles.
- Gigi’s House: GiGi’s Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
- TriCity Family Services (TCFS): Private, not-for-profit, community-based counseling agency.
- Little Friends: Private, non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Programs include three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism
- Illinois State Board of Education Parent Guide
- Council for Exceptional Children
- National Dissemination Center for Children Disabilities
- National Association of Down Syndrome
- Autism Society of America
- The Center for AAC and Autism
- Prentke Romich Company (PRC)
- ACC Language Lab
- Semantic Compaction Systems (SCS)
- Pyramid educational consultants: home of Picture Exchange System (PECS)
Maximizing student learning by providing a continuum of services.
- Students will advocate for their individual needs to become competent communicators, creative and critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.
- Families & Staff will be competent and confident partners in the educational process.
- The BPS educational community will provide expanded opportunities that enrich the educational experience and quality of life for students and families.