What is Child Find?
Why should we refer?
Who can begin the Child Find process?
What happens after the referral is made?
Who qualifies for special education services?
Who qualifies for Section 504 services?
What services are available?
How much do these services cost?
Child Find Responsibilities
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 or 504 accommodations. At Little Cypress Mauriceville we attempt to locate students with disabilities in need of services by holding public meetings, placing announcements in local newspapers, our website, and speaking to families through parent nights and parent involvement activities.
Early identification can prevent failure and frustration. Special attention to teaching and learning strategies may help individuals overcome barriers to learning. If a disability is not found, other resources may be available to help.
Anyone can start the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, relative or friend can call their local school district Special Programs office and ask for assistance with Child Find. In Little Cypress Mauriceville CISD, contact Dr. James Armstrong, Director of Special Programs, 409-8836970 or email at Dr. James Armstrong.
The parent(s) or legal guardian will be contacted by Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD Special Programs office. Appropriate personnel will gather together based on the type and characteristics of the disability which is suspected. This school district group with the help of parents will decide if an evaluation (testing) is needed to determine if there is a disability. If an evaluation is needed, the parent along with this group of knowledgeable staff will meet to discuss the outcome of the evaluation, special education eligibility, and whether the student is in need of a variety of service options. This meeting is called an Admission, Review or Dismissal (ARD) meeting or the Section 504 Committee of Knowledgeable Persons meeting.
Individuals qualify for services when they have a significant educational need AND one or more of the following disabilities, according to federal and state criteria as set out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
To become eligible for services and protection under Section 504, a student must be determined, as a result of an evaluation, to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Eligibility is determined by the Section 504 Committee of Knowledgeable Persons
Each individual's need(s) must be addressed with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for special education and the Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) for Section 504. There will be a team developing this. The team consists of the parent(s) or guardian, a school administrator or designee, an evaluation representative, teachers, other service providers if appropriate and the student, if they are able to participate.
There is no cost to parents, guardians or students for these specialized services.
Child Find is locating, evaluating and identifying students with suspected disability conditions birth to 21 years of age. The following federal laws, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mandate a Child Find system to develop procedures to ensure the coordination of appropriate identification and delivery of services for students with suspected disabilities. The specific regulations require the establishment of a system for “the location, evaluation and identification of students with suspected disabilities”. The referral process for evaluation is a part of the state-mandated regular education referral and Child Find System. All children with suspected disabilities who are residing in the Little Cypress Mauriceville CISD, including children who are homeless or are wards of the State, and children with suspected disabilities attending private schools, religious schools or homeschooled, regardless of the severity of their disability are a part of the state-mandated regular education referral and Child Find System