Child Find


 What is Child Find? 

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires States and Local Education Agencies (public and charter schools) to identify, locate, and evaluate all children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education and related services.

The Bellville Independent School District’s (BISD) Special Education Department has a Child Find process for identifying, locating and evaluating all children/youth ages 3-21.  This includes students who attend BISD, who reside in BISD and are homeschooled, or who attend a private school within BISD boundaries. 

In order to qualify for special education and related services, a child must have a disability as defined through federal and state guidelines in one of the 13 federal disability categories, AND demonstrate an educational need for specialized services.

Disability categories include the following:

  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Autism
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
  • Auditory Impairment
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Non Categorical Early Childhood
All special education and related services are provided at no cost to students or families. Children with visual and/or auditory impairments can start receiving services from birth. 

For questions regarding Child Find, or concerns about a child who may be in need of special education and related services, please contact:

Dr. Megan Pape
Director of Special Education

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