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Project Child Find underway

Posted Thursday, March 8, 2007

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Chatham County, NC - An effort called Project Child Find is underway in the Chatham County Schools to identify children and youth ages 3-21 who have disabilities and require special education and other related services.

The local efforts to identify children and youth are part of a concentrated statewide effort to identify children who require special. Project Child Find is also an endeavor to inform the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of these children about services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.

According to Mary N. Watson, Director of the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI's) Exceptional Children Division, help is available for children with special needs. This help includes a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child and a referral to other agencies providing special services.

Project Child Find is looking for children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have mental, physical or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

The local Director for the Exceptional Children, Lori DeTrude, and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ann Hart, encourage anyone who knows a child or youth who may have disabilities and is not in school or receiving special assistance, to contact: the school principal, the exceptional children director, or the DPI's Exceptional Children Division.

For more information, call Chatham County Schools at 9l9-542-6400 or the State Exceptional Children Division at (9l9) 807-3996. Parent(s) or guardian(s) may call the toll-free Information and Referral Service/CARE-LINE at l-800-662-7030 and ask for the Exceptional Children Division; or the Family Support Network at l-800-TLC-0042.

Chatham County Schools Project Child Find will be held from March 5 through March 19, 2007.

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