Local parents who suspect their child may have a mental or physical disability can get help from Madera Unified 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 for nearly a decade, to ensure that every child in Madera and Mariposa counties attends school and receives appropriate services from preschool through high school. Some students may also qualify for services until age 22.
Students of any age can be referred to the Child Find Project, but officials say the younger they are, the more help they can get.
“It’s critical that we are able to help young children who may have a disability with connecting them with services because early intervention really is the key for children with disabilities,” said Laura Tanner-McBrien, MUSD’s new director of special services. “If we can serve them young, hopefully they can catch up and possibly not need any services later on in life.” ...