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Child Find

Child Find

Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating children with disabilities (age birth - 21) who may be in need of special education and related services.

•  To alert parents, professionals, and the public to children who may have disabilities.

•  To assist school officials in finding children who may have disabilities.

•  To enable children and families to receive the special education and related services that are needed.


What does a disability mean?

•  Age birth to 3:  an established condition known to result in delay, or documented developmental delay

•  Age 3-5:  a documented deficit in one or more of the following:  communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social-emotional / behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills

•  Age 5-21:  identification of one or more of the following:  autism, deaf, blindness, hearing impairment, orthopedic or other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, cognitive disability.


What if you know of a child who may have a disability?

Please contact Canton Local's Special Services Department at 330-484-8022.  The school district will contact parents to find out if the child needs to be evaluated.  Free testing is available for families to determine whether or not a special need exists  If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving the appropriate special education and related services.