Program and Services Overview
Macon-Piatt serves students in all disability categories in a variety of educational settings. An IEP is developed for each identified student to ensure access to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive Environment.
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.
Early Childhood Special Education: Available at several sites in Macon and Piatt County for students aged 3-5 with early developmental needs.
Social/Emotional Development: Currently housed in specific schools in the Decatur School District for students grades K-12. This program teaches core academic subjects in a safe environment, which 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 Phoenix Academy building. 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.
Vocational Program: The Macon-Piatt Special Education Vocational Program is a vocational development program available to all special education students. The program aides in building and assessing skills needed to work within the community while enrolled in high school.
One of our Physical Therapists working with a student at the Pershing Early Learning Center here in Decatur.