What if I Suspect My Child May Have a Disability?
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating, and evaluating children suspected of having a disability and who may be in need of special education and related services. The school district provides special education services to any child who qualifies as having a disability according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.
According to IDEA and the Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities, a child may be identified under the following disabilities:
- Intellectual Disability
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment/Deafness
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
If you suspect your child may have a disability, please contact: Carmen Griffith at 1-419-864-3691 extension 3006 or at carmen.griffith@cardington.
Cardington-Lincoln Schools serves approximately 210 students with disabilities each year. About 20 percent of the Cardington-Lincoln student population have been identified as eligible for special education. The district is required to locate all children who may have disabilities, ages from birth through age 21, who reside within its boundaries.
The district provides a continuum of special education programming and services at no cost to the parents for:
Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement ActThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that assures children and youth with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Federal and State laws require school districts to evaluate children who have suspected disabilities. These laws affect all school-aged children educated within the Cardington-Lincoln Local School District boundaries and all preschool children who live within the Cardington-Lincoln School District.
If you have concerns about your child’s ability or skills and suspect there may be a disability, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or the Student Services/Special Education office at (419) 864-3691 ext 3006.
Public CommentEach year, the Cardington-Lincoln School District receives Part-B IDEA Special Education funds from the federal government to assist in providing services to students with disabilities. These funds help to provide instructional and paraprofessional staff, along with instructional materials and supplies.Jennifer Zierden, Director of Curriculum acts as the district’s local liaison to identify and support students experiencing homelessness. She also provides resources, McKinney-Vento services and information McKinney-Vento Homeless Resources for Awareneshttps://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Homeless-Youths.