Child Find

Child Find is the process of locating, identifying and evaluating all students 3 years of age, but less than 22 years of age, who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. IPS provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to any child who qualifies as having a disability, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Indiana’s Article 7.

The Indianapolis Public Schools is responsible for locating all children ages 3, but less than 22 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within the Indianapolis Public School district.

After receiving a referral for a suspected disability from a parent or school personnel, a team of qualified professionals reviews all available information, including input from the parents and interventions implemented, to determine if a child who is having academic, behavioral, communication, or health problems is suspected of having a disability. Within 10 school days of a parent request, the school must provide the parent written notice responding to the request. If the school agrees to evaluate the student, the parent must provide written consent before the evaluation may begin. Once consent is received by school personnel, the school will evaluate him or her at no cost to the parent within 50 school days.

Children who are identified as having a disability are eligible to receive special education and related services, at no cost to the parent.

If you suspect your child may have a disability contact your child’s current teacher, call the IPS Special Education Department at 317.226.4721, or email us at