Child Find Information

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Child Find

Richardson ISD has special services available for eligible infants, children, and young adults identified with disabilities. Federal and state laws require that school districts maintain a Child Find system for identifying, locating, and evaluating individuals with suspected disabilities (birth through age 21) within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services.

Richardson ISD is ready, willing, and able to identify and serve all children with disabilities residing within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services. Our Child Find efforts include advertising the availability of services through media, public notices, staff training, community outreach, and letters to private schools, physicians, nursing homes, group homes and hospitals.

Anyone can initiate the Child Find process: a parent/guardian, a doctor, a teacher, a relative or a friend can call their local school district’s Child Find program. If you are concerned about a child’s learning, contact your local school campus or district office.

Contact Information

Child Find Information/Referrals
Phone: 469-593-7523
Email: childfind@risd.org

Birth to 3 years old-The Warren Center, ECI
Phone: 972-490-9055
The Warren Center Website

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Special Education Referrals

Birth to 36 months of age

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) provides comprehensive early intervention services to families with infants and toddlers (birth through 36 months of age) who have a medical diagnosis, developmental delay or atypical development. Early intervention services are provided as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C as amended in 2004. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. ECI provides evaluation and assessments to determine eligibility and need for services. ECI services are provided by the Warren Center.

The Richardson location for the Warren Center is located at 320 Custer Road, Richardson, TX 75080. The main phone number is 972-490-9055 and the main email address is center@thewarrencenter.org.

3 years to 21 years of age

A referral for a suspected disability can be made by anyone. If you know of someone with a suspected delay or disability who is enrolled in an RISD school, please contact the campus administrator. If you know of someone with a suspected delay or disability who is between the ages of 3 and 5 years old and is not yet enrolled in an RISD school, please complete the Early Childhood Special Education Evaluation Intake Form.

Once a referral has been made, the evaluation process will begin. A Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) will be completed to determine the child’s eligibility and educational need for special education services and the evaluation will be presented at an ARD meeting.

Private/Home School Students

Referrals are accepted primarily from parents, private school administrators, or physicians, for students who attend a private school within the RISD boundaries or who live within the RISD boundaries and are home-schooled. In order to initiate an evaluation referral, please complete the Private School/Homeschool Evaluation Intake Form.

Evaluations are typically assigned to evaluation teams within the geographical area closest to the private school or home address of the student. A Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) will be completed to determine the child’s eligibility and educational need for special education services and the evaluation will be presented at an ARD meeting.

If a student meets eligibility for services, the ARD committee will offer a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) along with a specific Individual Education Program (IEP) to define the recommended special education services, goals and accommodations. The parent may decline FAPE and the proposed IEP in order to choose an Individual Services Plan for their child. The district will determine the types of services to be offered for students with identified disabilities who attend home or private school.

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FAQs

Child Find is a process designed to help identify, locate, and evaluate individuals from birth through age 21 with suspected disabilities who may need special education services.

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A parent, physician, child care provider, friend, relative or private school administrator can contact the campus administrator at any RISD campus or contact the Richardson ISD Special Student Services department by completing the google forms linked on this page or by calling 469-593-7523.
  • The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be contacted by a Richardson ISD representative.
  • A committee comprised of the parent/guardian and school personnel will determine if an evaluation is needed. If appropriate, this committee may develop an assessment plan designed to evaluate all areas of concern.
  • An evaluation will be completed by the appropriate Richardson ISD personnel at no charge to the family.
  • The parent/guardian and evaluation personnel will have a scheduled meeting to discuss the assessment results, determine eligibility, and services options, if applicable.

Individuals qualify for special education services when they have one or more of the following disabilities, according to state and federal guidelines:

  • Autism
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Previously Auditory Impairment)
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (including blindness)
An ARD (Admissions, Review and Dismissal) Committee comprised of parent/guardian, evaluation personnel, general education teacher, special education representative, and Richardson ISD representative will review the assessment information, discuss eligibility, identify area(s) of need for specialized instruction, and develop a plan to meet the needs of the individual.
For individuals who reside in Richardson ISD or attend a private school in the Richardson ISD boundaries, the assessments and services are provided at no cost.

If the child is not currently enrolled in RISD, you may contact the Richardson ISD Special Student Services department at 469-593-7523 or complete one of the following google forms to initiate the evaluation request. If the child is enrolled in RISD, you may contact the campus administrator at the student’s campus to request evaluation.

Richardson ISD extends the Child Find privileges to students who attend private schools located within the Richardson ISD boundaries and to students who live within the boundaries and are home-schooled. To request a private school or homeschool evaluation, please complete the RISD Private School Evaluation Intake Form.

Richardson ISD offers a free appropriate public education to all students who reside in Richardson ISD boundaries. However, due to an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ruling in July of 2005, we cannot offer services to private school students who attend private schools outside district boundaries.

The following links below provide information and resources for students with disabilities and their families:

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