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Welcome to the DESTINY Program

DESTINY Mission Statement

To provide stimulating and meaningful education to our students with multiple disabilities using proven methods, various technologies, and integrated related services in a safe and nurturing environment in order to help each individual reach his or her maximum level of independence in all facets of life.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Discovering Every Skill That is Now Yours (D.E.S.T.I.N.Y.) Program is that each student should be challenged to develop independence and meaningful participation within their classroom, school, home and community environments. We believe that every student can achieve and become a contributing member of society. We provide students with life skills instruction using research-based and scientifically-proven methods and materials, and we afford students daily access to multiple technologies. We believe in the use of a supportive and nurturing environment for learning, and we rely heavily on a multi-disciplinary approach to meeting all of our students' diverse educational needs.

Program Design

The D.E.S.T.I.N.Y. Program provides instructional classrooms that are housed in public elementary and high school buildings. Student's ages 3 to 18 years are provided with comprehensive programming to meet their academic, communicative, physical, social, vocational, emotional, medical, and behavioral needs. The classrooms are arranged to provide students with a predicable, structured learning environment that incorporates the use of multi-modal instruction and augmentative communication systems. Instruction in daily life skills is provided within the classroom, school and community settings. Methodologies used include Picture Exchange Communication, reading instruction with visual support, Social Stories, and T.E.A.C.C.H. Curricular materials used include TouchMath, News-2-You, and Unique Learning System.

There is a strong emphasis on the integrated therapy model of instruction. A multi-disciplinary team consisting of special education teacher, speech pathologist, social worker, nurse, and para-educators make up the core instructional team. Additional support services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral consultation and vision/hearing itinerant are provided per students' Individualized Educational Plans. Parental support is also provided in the areas of transition-planning, student medical needs, and assistance with development and implementation of communication systems at home.

Student progress is assessed by all team members using a variety of published assessment instruments including The Brigance Inventory of Basic Skills, The Hawaii Early Learning Profile, The School Function Assessment, and the Dynamic Learning Map Alternate Assessment and Unique Learning System Benchmarks. Also the multi-disciplinary team uses consistent and on-going data collection systems to continuously monitor student progress on IEP goals and objectives.








Program Supervisor:

Lisa Schouten
(708) 342-5330

Program Secretary:

Diane Stifter
(708) 342-5318

Program Locations and Calendars:

Kerkstra School
14950 Laramie
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Kerkstra Calendar

Arbor Park Middle School
17303 Central Avenue
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Arbor Park Calendar

Oak Forest High School
15201 Central Avenue
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Oak Forest High School Calendar


DESTINY Newsletter

Click the links below to visit a program web page:

Braun Educational Center
Communication Development
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Project Challenge
Transition Services
Transitional Employment Program
Vision and O&M Services
Transitional Employment Program
Vision and O&M Services


Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
6020 W. 151st Street  | Oak Forest, IL 60452
(Telephone) 708-687-0900 | (TTY) 708-687-2151
(Fax) 708-687-5695

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