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.
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.
Providing assistance to these children is, according to Special Services Director Jan Ueckert of the Ashdown School District, "something we constantly do."
"It's federal law that we have to identify these kids so we are in a position to meet their needs," Ueckert continues. "We do this by putting out posters and pamphlets and through parent referrals and other agency referrals."
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.
Please contact Jan Ueckert at 898-4404 or visit the Support Center office in the Community Enrichment Center at 460 NW Front Street if you know any child who may have a disability.