Child Find Public Awareness

The LEA’s responsibility for child find is for all children with disabilities ages 0-21. The LEA is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating all children with disabilities who need special education and related services. The LEA’s responsibility for free appropriate, public education (FAPE) is for children with disabilities ages 3-21. Services must be available to ALL eligible students by their third birthday.

LEAs must have established outreach activities designed to locate children with disabilities who reside within the jurisdiction of the LEA, including children who are homeless or wards of the state; incarcerated; or in private schools (including home-schools). The LEA’s public awareness campaign should target a wide variety of people who may work with the LEA’s students.

Public awareness may include posters placed on campuses and district administration buildings.