Welcome to North DuPage Special Education Cooperative
North DuPage Special Education Cooperative (NDSEC) is located in Bloomingdale, Illinois (a northwest suburb of Chicago). NDSEC is a cooperative agreement of nine public school districts, seven elementary and two high school districts within DuPage County, that serve a total student population in excess of 15,000 students. NDSEC provides a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of three and 22 years of age.
NDSEC assists its nine member districts with the provision of special education instructional and related services. These districts include Bensenville District #2, Addison District #4, Wood Dale District #7, Itasca District #10, Medinah District # 11, Roselle District #12, Bloomingdale District #13, Fenton District #100 and Lake Park District #108. NDSEC works in collaboration with its member districts to administer programs for students with autism, multiple disabilities, emotional disabilities, developmental delays, hearing impairments, visual impairments, learning disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Additionally, the Cooperative also provides social work, speech, counseling, physical and occupational therapy services for eligible students and consultation services to district personnel.
NDSEC is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as the legal entity responsible for operating special education programs within its member districts. NDSEC is responsible for: (1) assisting its member districts to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations in programming for students with disabilities; (2) providing technical assistance to member districts; and (3) serving as an extension of each district by providing program options for students with more severe and/or multiple disabilities. NDSEC employs approximately 120 full-time and 2 part-time staff.
The philosophy of the Cooperative is to serve as a partner with educators, parents, and the community at large, in providing equal educational opportunities to all students regardless of their physical, mental, or emotional needs. NDSEC is committed to providing responsive programs and services that will improve the quality of life for students with special needs. We hope that the information we have included will provide the viewer with meaningful information concerning our programs.