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Child Find

Child Find

All individuals with disabilities, regardless of the severity, who are school age through 21 years of age attending a UT - UCS campus that are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.

UT - UCS disseminates information to its community (including the parents, residential treatment centers, day treatment centers, hospitals, and mental health institutions) concerning services offered to all individuals with disabilities and maintains records of efforts that may include:

  • Providing information regarding availability of screenings and other services.
  • Referring individuals ages 0 - 3 years of age to the local school district and/or a local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program for evaluation.
  • Providing publications such as brochures, pamphlets, and newsletters in English and Spanish.
  • Collaborating with Region XIII Education Service Center for Child Find activities when appropriate.

UT - UCS directs any individual with a possible disability for consideration to the Local Support Team at the school the child attends. Child Find efforts include children with disabilities who are:

  • Wards of the state, or parentally-placed in private institutions.
  • In need of special education and related services regardless of the severity of their disabilities.
  • Highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children.
  • Enrolled in UT - UCS, are suspected of having a disability, and are in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

The district annually notifies community centers, mental health facilities, and hospitals that they may refer students with disabilities or suspected disabilities for consideration for special education services provided by UT - UCS.
 
For additional information or questions, please contact Mandy Flores at mandyflores@austin.utexas.edu or Autumn Leal at autumn_leal@austin.utexas.edu.