What is a disability?
Birth to Age 3: An established condition known to result in delay or a documented developmental delay.
Ages 3 to 5: A documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills.
Ages 5 to 21: Identification of one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness.
Who can help?
Parents, guardians, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are used to help school districts find any child, birth through age 21, who may have a disability and need special education and related services. If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify his/her school district. Schools can do their job better with your help.
What happens next?
The school district will contact the parents or guardians of the child to find out if he or she needs to be evaluated. Free testing is available to families to determine whether or not a special need exists. If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving special education and related services. If you know of any child who may have special needs, help is available.