Special Education Eligibility
What is Special Education, and who is eligible for services?
Special Education is instruction designed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of individual students with disabilities from birth through age 21. A child must be evaluated and identified as having a disability to be eligible for Special Education and/or related services.
Programs are provided for students in all disability areas recognized by the State of Georgia.
Disability categories are:
∙ Autism Spectrum Disorder
∙ Deaf/Hard of Hearing
∙ Emotional and Behavior Disorder
∙ Intellectual Disabilities
∙ Orthopedic Impairment
∙ Other Health Impairment
∙ Significant Developmental Delay
∙ Specific Learning Disability
∙ Speech/Language Impairment
∙ Traumatic Brain Injury
∙ Visual Impairment
How can children be referred?
A referral may be made by anyone who has a concern about a child’s development. All referrals are considered confidential. The parent retains the right to refuse services.
Children may be referred by any of the following:
∙ Parents/legal guardians/foster parents
∙ Other family members
∙ Physicians/health care providers
∙ Preschool programs
∙ School system personnel
∙ Community agencies
∙ Private school personnel
∙ Others who are concerned about a child’s development
When should a child be referred to Child Find?
∙ A health or medical disorder interferes with development or learning
∙ A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
∙ A child appears to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
∙ A child has diagnosed progressive or de generative condition that will eventually impair or impede the child’s ability to learn
∙ A child seems to have difficulty under standing directions lie others that are his/her age
∙ A child’s speech is not understandable to family or friends
∙ A child has difficulty with reading, math, or other school subjects