The TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804 Foundation (formally known as the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of thousands of students with disabilities and their families attending 65 public schools on the North Shore.

We advocate for and support programs and services that are beyond the scope and budget of the public schools. Promoting awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities is a key tenet of our mission to ensure that every person with a disability has an equal opportunity to live a happy, meaningful life.

The Foundation serves students with disabilities (age 3 to 21 years) currently residing in the 18 school districts within the TrueNorth 804 Educational Cooperative, a joint agreement in the north shore suburbs of Chicago serving a total of 40,000 students. 

Hands Together

Member school districts are:


Northbrook District 27

Northbrook District 28

Sunset Ridge District 29

Northbrook/Glenview District 30

West Northfield District 31

Glenview District 34

Glencoe District 35

Winnetka District 36

Kenilworth District 38

Lake Bluff District 65

Lake Forest District 67

Bannockburn District 106

Deerfield District 109

North Shore District 112

Deerfield/Highland Park H.S. District 113

Lake Forest H.S. District 115

New Trier H.S. District 203

Glenbrook H.S. District 225