Federal regulations require officials with Worthington Schools to locate all individuals from birth through 21 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within the district.

Federal regulations require officials with Worthington Schools to locate all individuals from birth through 21 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within the district.

"Child Find" is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating children believed to have a disability and who may be in need of special education and related services.

Anyone who has a child or knows of a child who may have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, should call Lynne Hamelberg, director of special education, at 883-3020.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act requires that parents of students with a disability or suspected disability be involved in the referral and identification process, as well as in the development of the Individualized Education Program for students placed in special education.

If a child's parents cannot be located or no longer have custody, trained parent surrogates are appointed by the superintendent to represent the child. Worthington Schools is seeking volunteers to act as surrogates for children in need of representation.

Training involves attending one all-day class at the Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, located on Glenmont Avenue in Clintonville. To volunteer or for more information, call Lynne Hamelberg, director of special education, at 883-3020.