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Child Find Duty

42 USC. §11434a; 34 CFR Part 300; Texas Education Code; Texas Government Code; 19 TAC Chapter 89

“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) lists and defines thirteen disabilities: 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.

Requesting a Special Education Evaluation

Mansfield ISD provides special education services to children who have or are suspected of having a disability and meet eligibility criteria for services. 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 21.

Senate Bill 139

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the following notice to parents:

TEA Resources for Special Education can provide more information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Dyslexia, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Compensatory Services information can be found in the following notices:

These notices contain the following information: changes made in reporting requirements for LEAs regarding special education enrollment in the Results Driven Accountability System; the rights of a child regarding the provision of special education services under both state and federal law; the process and procedures for initiating a referral for evaluation for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and TEC Sec. 29.004; where to find local policies and procedures related to initiating a referral for evaluation under IDEA.

SpedTex LogoThe Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Phone: 1-855-773-3839
Email: inquire@spedtex.org
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