Our mission is to provide support for the success of all students in District 186.
Our district provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities from preschool, age three, through high school graduation. Specialized services are also provided for limited English proficient students, students with health needs, and students with social emotional needs.
We hope our web site addresses many of your questions, but for additional information please call our office at 217-525-3060.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
United Cerebral Palsy
101 N. 16th Street
Springfield Public Schools introduces INK 186; a vocational training program for students with disabilities, funded by the districts’ cooperation with the Division of Rehabilitation STEP program. The Secondary Transitional Experience Program (STEP) is a federally mandated and funded vocational program that requires school districts to prepare students with disabilities for transition to post-secondary employment, education, and community participation during and after high school.
INK 186 has been developed to increase and optimize these services for students with disabilities throughout Springfield Public Schools. Students will initially be printing and designing t-shirts and buttons in addition to learning independent living and vocational skills through a coordinated set of activities designed for both the students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). The program will begin with a maximum of twenty student participants providing products within district schools. Our goal within the next three to five years is to reach a minimum of fifty students per year within district boundaries, to provide additional vocational and workshop training opportunities, and to increase product sales to include the Springfield community.
INK 186 has facilitated a four-tiered collaboration with Primo Designs, Lincoln Land Community College, United Cerebral Palsy and Springfield Public Schools. This partnership will allow for students to make an easy transition into an adult service agency, education and/or employment while learning marketable skills along the way. The goal is simple, but the outcome will have lasting results for the students being served.