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 to 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.