Project Child Find aids children with exceptional needs
by Staff Report
Project Child Find is a program developed to locate and identify children and young adults 0-21 years old with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.
It is an effort coordinated by Elkin City Schools’ Angela Land and the Exceptional Children Division of the State Department of Public Instruction.
“North Carolina has a continuing Child Find process in place to locate children with exceptional needs,” said Land. “The purpose of this process is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth with special needs, to identify and locate these children and youth, and to inform the public of available services.”
Children and youth who have been diagnosed or who are suspected of having intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance apply.
Applicable children can receive a complete evaluation and, if appropriate, an Individualized Education Program when the child reaches 3 years old. An Individualized Family Service Plan is available for a child with a disability through the age of 2. Referrals to other agencies are given as needed.
Child Find encourages people who know of a child or youth with a disability who is not in school or receiving special assistance to help by encouraging the parent or guardian to contact the principal, school superintendent, exceptional child director or the State Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Child Division.
Child Find reminds those who refer the parents or guardians to also support the child and family until the referral is completed.
For more information contact Angela Land, ECS Exceptional Children’s Director, at 336-835-3135 ext. 239.
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