Child Find seeks children in need

Published 1:40 pm Monday, June 16, 2014

The Butler County School System is seeking to find any child residing within the county who has a disability, or a perception of a disability, and may be in need of special services.

The school system is partnering with the Alabama State Board of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to host Child Find. Child Find is a statewide effort to locate, identify and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to 21.

Early intervention and special education services work closely with community services agencies, parents and the local school systems to locate children with disabilities and then help the children get the appropriate services to address their needs.

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“If parents suspect their child may have a disability or a developmental delay they can contact us and we’ll make a referral to allow them to be tested,” said Willie Thornton, special education coordinator for the Butler County School System.

Child Find will screen for hearing impairment, deafness, blindness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, emotional disturbance, speech and language impairment, visual impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay and specific learning disabilities.

For more information contact Thornton at (334) 382-5188 ext. 4608.