What is Child Find?
Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate, and evaluate individuals (birth through 21 years of age) with disabilities who may need special education services.
Who can begin the Child Find Process?
Anyone can start the process: A parent, doctor, teacher, relative or friend can call to recommend an evaluation. The parent, guardian, or adult student will be notified to discuss any concerns so that consideration for an evaluation can be made.
For non school aged children: If a parent wishes to request consideration for an evaluation, a parent may call the Special Education office or provide a written request for an evaluation. If the request is made in writing, the district/campus is obligated to respond to the parent's request within 15 school days from the day the request is received.
For school aged children: A parent may verbally request or provide a written letter to the campus principal and/or counselor asking for consideration for a special education evaluation. If the request is made in writing, the district/campus is obligated to respond to the parent's request within 15 school days from the day the request is received.
Why should we refer?
- Early identification and intervention can prevent failure and frustration.
- Special attention to teaching and learning strategies may help individuals overcome barriers to learning.
What happens after the individual is referred?
- The parent(s), legal guardian, or adult student will be contacted by East ISD Child Find Team.
- Referral information will be reviewed by East Central ISD Special Ed staff. If the information obtained requires an evaluation, the parent will be asked to allow for consent for evaluation.
- An evaluation will be conducted by qualified school district/agency personnel.
- The parents, evaluation personnel and campus staff will have a meeting to talk about evaluation results, special education eligibility and services.
Which disabilities qualify a child for services under special education?
Help is available from your local school district for individuals who have the following disabilities according to federal and state criteria:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairments
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairments
- Other Health Impairments
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment (including Blindness)
How much do evaluations and services cost?
Evaluations and services are provided at no cost to the adult student, parent, or guardian.
Where do I call for more information?
For more information, call East Central ISD, Special Education Department at (210) 648-7861.