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Available services for children with disabilities 

290-8-9-.01 Child Identification


(1)        Child Find.

(a)        LEA’s serving children with disabilities must develop and implement procedures that ensure that all children within their jurisdiction, birth to twenty-one, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who need special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. Child Find also applies to children with disabilities who attend private schools, including children attending religious schools, within the LEA’s jurisdiction, highly mobile children with disabilities (e.g., migrant children), homeless children, or children who are wards of the State and children who are suspected of having a disability and are in need of special education, even though they have not failed, been retained in a course or grade or are advancing from grade to grade.

 (b)        Child Find includes a practical method of determining which children with disabilities are currently receiving needed special education and related services and is designed to ensure the equitable participation of parentally-placed private school children with disabilities, as well as an accurate count of these children.

 (c)        Each LEA in which private, including religious, elementary schools and secondary schools are located must, in carrying out the Child Find provisions, include parentally-placed private school children who reside in a state other than the state in which the private schools are located.

 (d)        For children who are transitioning from Part C to Part B preschool programs, LEA’s are required to make FAPE available to each eligible child residing in their jurisdiction no later than the child’s third birthday and have an IEP developed and implemented for the child by that date. If the child’s birthday occurs during the summer months, the child’s IEP Team will determine when special education services will begin. LEA’s must participate in a transition planning conference arranged by the EI service provider in order to experience a smooth and effective transition to preschool programs.