As students return to school, Madera Unified School District wants to remind parents that they can get help to identify and assist children who may be in need of special education services.
The Madera-Mariposa Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Child Find Project has helped the district identify such children since 2004, said Paul van Loon, the district’s director of special services.
“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires the district or any local education agency to be proactive in identifying kids who need special services,” he said. “Parents can contact us and we can refer them to the appropriate agencies so the children can be evaluated and see if they qualify for the services.”
Special education services and programs are available in Madera and Mariposa counties for children from birth to 22 years with a wide spectrum of disabilities. Services are available for children with disabilities in speech, sight, and hearing, or those with orthopedic or other health impairments, learning disabilities or behavior disorders, and those who are developmentally delayed or autistic...