We support our students and families with special needs.

While every child grows mentally and physically at his or her own pace, some children experience disabilities that can delay or hinder their progress.

Each year, school districts throughout Ohio participate in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children – from birth to 21 years old – who have or are at risk of having a disability. Child Find offers services to parents to identify, screen, evaluate and find resources for these children.

Not all disabilities are obvious.

A disability can include many conditions that can fluctuate or be intermittent, chronic, progressive or stable, visible or invisible, including:

  • Autism spectrum
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Visual impairment
  • Speech or language
  • Physical disability
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Cognitive or learning disability
  • Severe behavior disorder
  • Multi-handicaps

Help us identify children who need help.

Often children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of a community. Parents may not be aware that there are helpful programs and services available for these children.

Children may be referred to Child Find by any of the following: 

  • Parents/legal guardians 
  • Other family members 
  • Physicians 
  • School personnel 
  • Childcare providers 
  • Community agencies 
  • Infants & Toddlers Program

If you know of a child within the MVESC service region who may have one or more of the above suspected disabilities, including preschool age children, please contact Krystal McFarland at 740-452-4518.

Let’s work together to improve education.