Parent/Guardian Information

The following information is for Parents/Guardians of students with disabilities.
Special Olympics

Recognizing that recreational and leisure activities are important in developing a well-rounded individual, Manteno Schools have chosen to be involved in the Special Olympics program. Special Olympics Illinois “provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” Manteno’s participation began in the spring of 2009 with Track & Field; Basketball Skills was added in the winter of 2013.

Participation among students age 8 – high school is voluntary. Manteno Special Olympians train under volunteer coaches and participate in Area 8 qualifying competitions. The Basketball Skills competition takes place in January with the State competition in March on the campus of Illinois State University. Track & Field competition is in May with State qualifiers moving on to the Summer Games at ISU in June.

Special Olympics Oath:
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."


Our Kankakee Chapter of the Autism Society has partnered with the Kankakee Public Library to purchase books, movies, magazines, etc., on the subject of autism. Below is a list of the some of the books available.

-Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger’s
-Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten Free and Allergen Free Recipes
-Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism
-Different, Not Less
-Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, -Communicate and Learn
-Full Life With Autism
-Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions Through Everyday Transitions
-Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Avoid Meltdowns and Have fun!
-Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with an Autism Spectrum
-Siblings of Children with Autism: A guide for Parents and Professionals
-Teaching Play to Children with Autism
-Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world

There are many more titles available. Stop by the Kankakee Public Library to check them out. You need only a library card from your home library.