All children learn at different rates, however some children have significant difficulty in one or more areas of development.
What does "child with a disability" mean?
The term "child with a disability" means a child who (1) has one of the following disability conditions and (2) needs special education services to benefit from education:
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Learning Disability
- Intellectual Disability
- Emotional Disturbance
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Vision Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Other Health Impairment
Who does Child Find apply to?
This notice applies to persons residing in Texas who are:
- Residing in their homes or foster homes;
- Not yet attending school or are attending day care centers, public schools, independent schools, parochial schools or are being home schooled;
- Highly mobile or homeless; or:
- Suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
The above-described persons are entitled to a comprehensive evaluation to determine if their disability qualifies them for special education and related services to be provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and to rules of the Texas State Board of Education.
Who can begin the Child Find process?
Anyone can start the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, relative or friend can call their local school district Child Find. If you are concerned about a child’s learning, contact your local school campus, district, or charter school.
Possible Services and Placement Options
Based on the results of the evaluation, placement decisions will be determined. Placement options could include instruction and therapy services in a special education classroom, instruction in a general education classroom with special education support, or speech therapy services.