All of the campuses in the Giddings ISD offer a comprehensive system of “Child Find” activities. These activities are designed to identify all individuals ages 3 – 21 who may or may not be in school and who have a disability as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Provide public awareness to inform citizens of educational opportunities available to individuals with disabilities in the form of brochures
- Place posters at Giddings ISD campuses and in private schools.
- Newspaper announcements
- Giddings ISD website posting
- Early childhood screenings
Giddings ISD offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years and to children from birth through age 21 years who have a hearing or visual impairment. Children from birth to age three with other disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services. All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.
Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health impairments, or traumatic brain injuries.
A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, contact the principal or counselor of your local school or call the Giddings Special Education Department at (979) 542-2875.