Exceptional Children

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Child Find

  • If you are new to Orange County and have a child who has been receiving special education services, contact the base school in your attendance area and provide them with documentation of your child's special needs (i.e., a copy of student's Individualized Education Plan). When school is not in session, you may contact the Exceptional Children Office at 919.245.4006.

    If you believe your child might be in need of special education and/or related services, you should contact your school principal.

    Child Find

    What is Project Child Find?

    An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to:

    • Locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education or related services.
    • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.

    Who Are the Children?

    Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disablilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

    What Help is Available?

    • A complete evaluation and, if appropriate,
    • An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three,
    • An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2, or
    • A referral to other agencies when needed.

    For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact Connie Crimmins at connie.crimmins@orange.k12.nc.us or (919) 245-4006 extension 18001.

Parent Resources

  • Staff Directory

  • NC Exceptional Children Website

  • Procedural Safeguards: Handbook on Parents' Rights

  • Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Families

  • NC DPI Exceptional Children Parent Resources

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