“Child Find” is a requirement of both federal and state law. It mandates that each school district will locate, identify and evaluate, at no cost to the family, all students, from birth to 21, who are suspected of having a disability. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) list and defines thirteen disabilities. They are: autism, deaf-blindness, auditory Impairment, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, learning disability, speech impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment and non-categorical early childhood.
- Children ages 0-3, are referred to Early Childhood Intervention of Tarrant County. The referral number is 817-569-5200.
- Children ages 3-21, who reside within the boundaries of Mansfield ISD, are referred to the Special Education Department of MISD at 817-299-4300.
- Mansfield ISD provides special education services to children who have, or are suspected of having a disability. Special education services are available to children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Children who have impaired vision or hearing can receive services from birth through age 21.
- Mansfield ISD also provides services to students with disabilities who attend a private or home school located within the boundaries of Mansfield ISD, regardless of the child’s place of residence. Educational services to these students are provided under Mansfield ISD’s Private School Plan. Additionally, Mansfield ISD provides services to students with disabilities who are placed in a foster home or other residential facility within the district’s geographic boundaries.
- If your child attends public, private or a home school in Mansfield ISD or if you know of a child residing in a foster home or other residential facility within Mansfield ISD and you believe the child has or may have a disability, please contact one of our campuses. You may also contact the Special Education Department at 817-299-4300. Mansfield ISD staff will work with you to ensure that every child receives an appropriate evaluation; determine which children have a disability that qualifies for services. Services are offered to all children free of charge.
If you have concerns regarding the development of your preschool child and would like to talk with someone regarding your concerns, please contact one of the members of our preschool assessment team. They may be reached at 817-299-4300 or you may send an email to PreschoolAssessmentTeam@misdmail.org