The Ashdown School District is participating in an ongoing statewide effort to identify, locate, and evaluate children from birth to age 21 who have a physical, mental, communicative and/or emotional disability, as part of the Child Find Campaign.
According to Special Services Director Jan Ueckert of the Ashdown School District, this is something they constantly do.
"We are always seeking those children," Ueckert says, "It is something we do every year."
According to Ueckert, early identification of children in need of special education services is most important to each child. Furthermore, this information gathered from contacts with parents and other agencies will be used to help determine present and future program needs as progress is made toward the goal of providing a free appropriate public education to all children with a disability.
"It's the federal law that we have to identify these kids so that we are in a position to meet their needs," Ueckert continues.
The Ashdown School District works with the local Head Starts, Human Services, Health Department, and Mental Health agencies, as well as local education agencies, physicians, and other individuals to identify and locate children in school and out of school who may be in need of special education services.
Anyone who knows any child who may have a disability is asked to contact Ueckert at 870-898-4404 or visit the ASD Support Center office at 460 NW Front Street.