Child Find programs are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and require that each state search out and evaluate children aged birth through 21 who may be in need of early intervention or special education services due to a disability.
For this assignment, research the Child Find requirements at the federal, state, and local levels, as applicable, in your area. Use this information to create a two-sided pamphlet that a school could distribute in the community to inform parents of the Child Find process in your area.
Within your pamphlet, include the following:
- Information about what families can expect as they move through the Child Find process from initial referral through enrollment in special education, if found eligible.
- IDEA timelines and other IDEA requirements that would support families in understanding the process.
- Roles and responsibilities of families and teachers/special education staff throughout the process, including how the teacher or special education staff will serve as an advocate for the child and the family and encourage their participation.
- At least two local and two national resources that families can use to learn more about IDEA and the Child Find process.