All children with disabilities residing in the State, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated.
MISD offers a comprehensive system of “Child Find” activities. These activities are designed to identify all individuals ages three – 21 who may or may not be in school and who have a disability as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Provide public awareness to inform citizens of educational opportunities available to individuals with disabilities in the form of brochures.
- Place brochures and posters at Midlothian ISD campuses
- Newspaper announcements
- Midlothian ISD website
- Early childhood screenings
Students from ages 3 through 21 (birth through 21 if visually or auditorially impaired) are eligible for special education services. Parents, teachers and other MISD staff identify and refer these students for a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE). An Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee determines the student’s eligibility and educational need based on federal and state criteria.
Full and Individual Evaluations are available by appropriate referral to students residing within the Midlothian ISD. Evaluation personnel serve each school by administering evaluations, making recommendations for IEP development, and assisting school staff.
Child with a disability means a child evaluated in accordance with IDEA as having and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services.