Child Find

Child Find

What is Child Find?


Child Find is the process of locating, evaluating, and identifying children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services.  Local school districts are required by federal and state laws to find children who may need special education services and related services.


What does a “disability” mean?


For children ages birth to 3 – A physical or mental condition that may result in a developmental delay.


For children ages 3 through 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.


For children ages 5 through 21 – Identification of one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, cognitive 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.


The Brown Local School District promptly responds to all children suspected of having a disability free of charge.  Once the school district is notified about a child who is suspected of having a disability, the child’s parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights as required by the Individuals Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools serving Children with Disabilities.


If you know of a child who is suspected of having a disability under IDEA or Section 504, contact the Director of Special Services, at 330.863.1355 ext. 1161, or via email


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