Help Identify Children with Disabilities
All public school districts, Ohio's 16 special education regional resource centers and the Department of Education are trying to identify children with disabilities, from birth through age 21, who may be in need of special education and related services.
- For children birth to age three, a disability means an established condition known to result in a developmental delay or a documented developmental delay.
- For children age three through five, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills and/or cognitive skills.
- For school-age students, a disability means that a student has been identified as having one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf-blindness; hearing impairment (including deafness), multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment (including blindness), cognitive disabilities and emotional disturbance.
The district offers:
- Evaluation for all children with suspected disabilities, birth through age 21
- Education for all children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21 years
Notify Your School
If you know a child who is suspected of having a disability, and is not being served, please tell the staff at a CPS school, or contact CPS' Student Services Department, (513) 363-0280.
When a school is notified:
- The child's parent(s) are contacted and informed of their rights, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004), the Ohio Revised Code, and the State Board of Education's Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.
- Arrangements are made to review all information and documentation pertaining to the suspected disability.