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General Information

Services and Referrals through School District

Arizona, as well as other states,  provides special education and related services, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

If you suspect that your child has a developmental concern  (especially a toddler or preschooler  birth to 6 years of age), consider doing  the following:

bulletcontact your pediatrician
bulletcontact your local school to initiate a Child Find Referral Form 
bulletInquire about AzEIP (kids birth-3 years)
bullet Inquire about developmental preschool screenings  &  developmental preschools
bulletInquire about state/federal financial aide (DDD/ALTCS)...see below

Inquire about Head Start (federally funded program for lower income families, primarily  4 year olds) (email)    or

Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD #602-467-6130  Search for keywords as "Child Find, screenings, exceptional students"

The Arizona Department of Education (locate your school for screening and program information)  #602-364-4015



Does your child qualify for the 504 Plan? 

What is an IEP?


State & Federal Financial Aide

Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)  provides free evaluations for children (birth - 3 years) if there are concerns about  development.   If your child is determined to be "at risk" or has "1 of 4 formal diagnosis" your child will be referred to DDD (below).

Initiate an online referral or call/ visit website:            



Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) state funded services

   ( birth-3 years)  should have received a referral from AzEIP

   (age 3 & older)   parents will have to provide their own screenings (from school or privately) to determine if child is eligible for  services

 Initiate an online referral or call/visit website


     (look under eligibility & making a referral.)

  You may also want to read their Navigating the System.  This is an excellent guidebook explaining systems & processes & where to go for more information regarding special services !!!


DDD will then refer your child to Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) to see if eligible for Federal assistance through Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). For children under the age of 18,  long term care is not  based on parents income!

#602-417-7000 (Phoenix) ALTCS

#1-800-962-6690 (Statewide) ALTCS

#602-417-4000 AHCCCS


It is helpful to be approved by both DDD & ALTCS ....make sure to apply to both agencies!!!____________________________________________________

The application process may be overwhelming because of all the paperwork involved.  Contact me, and  I will be more than happy to guide you through the process.  There are many tips that I can share with sure to visit this page on my website.



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     last updated  05/23/2013                                 Back Next