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Child Find

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of special education services as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Child Find in Burke County offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years of age. Children from birth to age three with disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.


Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including:   Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-blind, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Emotional and Behavioral Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Significant Developmental Delay, Specific Learning Disability, Speech/language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.


A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, contact the Student Services office at 706-554-6306.