School districts throughout Ohio continue to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, birth through 21. For children birth through age two, a disability means that child has a delay in one or more of the following developmental areas: adaptive behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development and/or social or emotional development.

For children ages three through five, a disability means that child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, social-emotional/behavior functioning or vision abilities.

For school-age students, a disability means a person having one or more conditions such as autism, developmental handicap, hearing handicap, multi-handicap, orthopedically and/or other health handicap, severe behavior handicap, speech and language handicap, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury or visual handicap.

Many unidentified children with disabilities are preschoolers.

If you know of a child who you think may have a disability, please contact: Lucas Local Schools Board Office, 84 Lucas North Rd., Lucas OH 44843, 419-892-2338.

Lucas Local Schools also invites public input on use of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) funds for special education students. Interested parties may call the Treasurer at 419-892-2338 ext. 213.

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