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Child Find


Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2004 that requires States and Local Education Agencies (school districts and charter schools) to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing in the State, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services (34 CFR§ 300.111). Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who are in need of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs (Part C) or Special Education and Related Services (Part B). Galveston ISD meets this federal mandate by conducting Initial Data Consent and Data Collection appointments scheduled through the Special Education office, 409-761-3920.


Children ages 3-5 who are verified to live within GISD attendance zones, are eligible to attend an Initial Data Consent and Data Collection Appointment, for suspected learning difficulties. Learning difficulties may include: speech impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, emotional disturbance, autism, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments, auditory impairments or deaf-blindness. 


Special education and related services are available to all eligible individuals ages 3-21.  Eligible individuals meet Texas Education Agency (TEA) eligibility criteria for one or more of the following disabilities and demonstrate an educational need for specially designed instruction. 

Delayed or Denied Evaluations & Compensatory Services

Evaluaciones Retrasadas o Denegadas & Servicios Compensatorios


All services are provided at no cost to the individual or parents. For more information contact the Special Education Department at 409-761-3920.