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What is Child Find?

Child FindChild 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 is a disability?

UNDER IDEA

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, mental retardation, 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.

UNDER SECTION 504

In addition and in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008, The Valley Stem + Me2 Academy is participating in Child Find efforts to locate, evaluate and identify all children who have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity who may because of disability, needs or is believed to need special education, related services or aids or accommodations/modifications. If a parent or guardian suspects that a child may be eligible under this federal definition, please contact the Director of Student Services, Dave Mullane.

Phone: 330.729.4000 Email: David.Mullane@MahoningCTC.com

What is the purpose of Child Find?

  • To alert parents, professionals, and the public to children who may have special needs
  • To guarantee that school districts find children who may have disabilities and who otherwise may not have come to their attention
  • To enable eligible children to receive the special education and related services that are needed
  • To promote public awareness of disabilities

How can you help?

If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify his/her school district. Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, childcare providers, physicians and concerned citizens are encouraged to help school districts find any child, ages birth – 21, who may have a disability and are in need of special education and related services.

What happens next?

The school district will contact the parents of the child to discuss the next steps in the evaluation and identification process. This process is provided at no cost to the family. If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving the appropriate special education and related services during the school day.

If you suspect a child may have a disability, help is available.

Contact The Valley Stem + Me2 Academy at:

The Valley Stem + Me2 Academy
7300 North Palmyra Rd.
Canfield, Ohio 44406
Phone: 330.729.4000
Fax: 330.729.4052

For additional information and resources, contact:

State Support Team 5
7320 North Palmyra Road
Canfield, Ohio 44406
Phone: 330.965.7828
Fax: 330.965.7901
Website: http://www.sst5.org/

Serving Families and Agencies in Mahoning County:

Mahoning County Children Services
222 W. Federal Street
4th Floor
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Phone: 330.941.8888
Website: http://www.mahoningkids.com/

The activity, which is the subject of this report, was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred. The Ohio Department of Education does not discriminate on the issues of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

Mahoning County Career & Technical Center

7300 North Palmyra Rd., Canfield, OH 44406 • High School - 330-729-4000 • Adult Division - 330-729-4100

The MCCTC offers a group of passionate professionals ready to help you begin your career. Since 1972, MCCTC has provided thousands of students with the education to lead a successful career and life. Once enrolled in one of our diverse programs, your options and potential are limitless.

The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center offers adults an opportunity to start or advance in a career. MCCTC Adult Career Center offers Industry Credential Programs, professional development classes and other courses to put you on the right track.

Governing Board Members

  • Mr. Ronald Shives, President
  • Michael Stanko, Vice President
  • Attorney David Engler, Board Member
  • Mr. Richard S. Scarsella, Board Member
  • Ms. Beth Donofrio, Board Member
  • Attorney Kathi McNabb-Welsh, Board Member
  • Mrs. Marie Dockry, Board Member

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