The Diagnostic and Developmental Center (DDC) serves children ages 3 through 21, who have severe or profound disabilities and a non-categorical preschool program, ages 3-6, that demonstrate significant developmental delays across all areas.

Daily Activities

The daily activities and curriculum of the students at the DDC focuses on the individual needs of each student. The skills taught include academics, self-help, communication, recreation and leisure, socialization, gross and fine motor, and prevocational skills that are beneficial to students while in the community. Community-based training trips encourage independent and socially acceptable interpersonal skills for our students. Special services such as a nurse, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, hearing impaired services and vision services are provided according to each child’s individual education program (IEP). Also, any special equipment needs noted in the IEP such as positioning equipment or augmentative communication aids are provided as well. Close parent contact is maintained through conferences, phone calls, and daily notes. Parents are also encouraged to visit the program and to carry out program goals at home.

DDC Resources

This is a link to a public Google Drive folder. It contains documents that pertain to DDC.


1201 S 6th Street

Mattoon, IL 61938

Jennifer Weber


Phone: 217.258.5286

Fax: 217.235.4332