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The 2004 IDEA reauthorization-the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), was signed into law on December 3, 2004. The IDEA changes, unless otherwise specified, take effect on July 1, 2005. IDEA Purposes: A) To ensure that children with disabilities have a Free Appropriate Public Education available to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. B) To ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected. C) To assist states in the implementation of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary, interagency system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. D) To ensure that educators and parents have the necessary tools to improve educational results for children with disabilities. E) To assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities.

CHILD FIND - Individuals with Disabilities - Roanoke City Schools is attempting to locate and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to 21 who are not presently enrolled in school. Parents, guardians or anyone knowing of individuals with disabilities should contact Brittney Duncan, Special Education/504 Coordinator at 334-539-5173 or come by the special education office located at 119 Mickle St (behind the Board of Education office on Main St.). It is the policy of the Roanoke City Board of Education that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or age be excluded from participating in or subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment. Gifted Services Individuals may be referred for consideration for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or anyone knowing of the individual’s abilities. Additionally, all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted checklist. Information will be gathered in the areas of aptitude, characteristics and performance. At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level must be submitted. Gifted referrals may be submitted to Brittney Duncan, Special Education Coordinator, Roanoke City Schools, P.O. Box 1367, Roanoke, AL 36274 or call 334-539-5173.