What is Child Find?
Child Find is a legal requirement of IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act) 2004 that school districts find and evaluate all children who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education services. Children from birth through age 21 are covered.
Finding a disability as soon as possible provides opportunities for early intervention. However, schools do not have to evaluate if there isn’t a true disability that requires services.
The concept of “child with a disability” includes:
- Auditory Impairment including deafness
- Emotional Disturbance of a serious nature
- Intellectual Disability
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment including blindness
- and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services (34 CFR§ 300.8).
For more information:
Early childhood intervention services
Special Education Information Center