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  • The Dallas Independent School District has special services available to eligible infants, children, and young adults identified with a disability. Federal and State laws require that school districts maintain a Child Find system for identifying, locating, and evaluating individuals with disabilities (birth through 21 years of age) within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education or related services.


    Our Child Find efforts include advertising the availability of services through media, public notices, staff training, community health fairs and letters to private schools, physicians, nursing homes, group homes, and hospitals.


    Special services are available to eligible infants, children, and young adults identified with a disability who may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

    • Auditory Impairment
    • Autism
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech/Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment

    Who does Child Find apply to?

    This notice applies to persons residing in Texas who are:

    1. Residing in their homes or foster homes
    2. Not yet attending school or are attending daycare centers, public schools, independent schools, parochial schools, or are being homeschooled
    3. Highly mobile or homeless
    4. Suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

    Who do I contact?

    If you are concerned your school-aged child (ages 5 - 21) may be learning differently, please contact Doggy Owen at 817-744-1092 or Monica Caddy at 817-744-1045.

    If you are concerned your non-school aged child (birth-5) may be learning differently, please contact Lonette Piefer at 817-743-8340.

    • English Line: 972-581-4765

    • Spanish Line: 972-581-4764

    The above-described persons are entitled to a comprehensive evaluation to determine if their disability qualifies them for special education and related services to be provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and to rules of the Texas State Board of Education.



  • Child Find Department

    Main Line: 972-581-4210


    Office Hours: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm


    Regina Rice

    Special Education Director


    Monica Freeman Fields

    Child Find Supervisor