Each district within the Hill Country Special Education Cooperative (Fredericksburg ISD, Comfort ISD, Harper ISD, and Doss CCSD) is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating children from birth through age 21 with known or suspected disabilities who reside in and/or attend school within the school district’s boundaries to determine whether a need for special education services exists. Child Find includes children who reside at home, in group homes and/or who attend private or home schools within the district’s boundaries regardless of place of residence.
If an assessment is recommended, the assessment is provided at no cost to the parent. A referral to Child Find may be made by a parent or by any person concerned about a child. Parent involvement and agreement is obtained prior to any further action. Information is confidential and the privacy of the children and parents is protected.
Referrals may be initiated by (but are not limited to):
- Outside agencies/therapists/ECI
Students receiving services through ECI will be transitioned into the public-school system starting as early as 150 days prior to their third birthday.
What is the next step?
HCSEC Child Find staff will:
- Meet with the family
- Schedule an evaluation, when applicable
- Schedule a meeting to review the evaluation results
- Schedule and facilitate the ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) meeting
Who is Eligible?
There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education services: (1) your child must have a disability (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education services to benefit from education.
- Speech/language Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Visual Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Multiple Impairments
- Hearing Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Intellectual Disability*
- Emotional Disturbance*
- Specific Learning Disability*
- Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC). It is for students aged 3-5 who have general delays in their physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional, or adaptive development; and who, because of these delays, need special education and related services. In Texas, a child between the ages of 3-5 may be described as “NCEC” if he or she has been diagnosed as having one of the *
*These disability categories must be determined by age 6. It is used with young children because the true disability is often difficult to determine at an early age. Services may begin at birth for children with visual or auditory impairments.
The term “special education” means specially-designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. The term “child with a disability” means the child must meet eligibility criteria for at least one of the 13 disabilities specifically outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, as a result of the disability, has a need for specially designed instruction that can only be provided through special education.
For more information concerning eligibility criteria and the referral process, contact the counselor of your neighborhood school or the Special Education Department at 830-990-4846.