Special Education

The Fairfield City Board of Education makes services available to all students eligible for special education. Students are determined eligible through a Multi- Eligibility Determination Committee, which includes the parent and if appropriate, the student. The Alabama State Code defines the criteria for each of the thirteen categories to include the following:

  • Autism 
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Help Child Find Locate Children with Disabilities What Is Child Find? Child Find is a statewide effort by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. How Does Child Find Work? Early Intervention and Special Education Services work closely with community service agencies, parents, and local school systems to locate children with disabilities. A toll-free number is provided for parents or other persons interested in information about referring a child from birth to age 21. Why Is Child Find Important? It helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas: n Hearing Impairment n Speech and Language Impairment n Deaf-Blindness n Visual Impairment n Intellectual Disability n Specific Learning Disabilities n Multiple Disabilities n Autism n Orthopedic Impairment n Traumatic Brain Injury n Other Health Impairment n Developmental Delay n Emotional Disability For more information about Child Find, contact your local school system, local coordinating council, or call Fairfield Schools (205)-783-6850 Ages 3-21 Birth-2 call 1-800-543-3098 Alabama State Department of Education Eric G. Mackey, Ed. D. State Superintendent of Education

Help us locate children with disabilities!

The Fairfield City Board of Education has Child Find procedures that ensure that all children within its jurisdiction, ages birth to twenty-one, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who need special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. These Child Find procedures also apply to children who attend private schools, within the Fairfield City Board of Education district, highly mobile children with disabilities (i.e. migrant and homeless children, or children who are wards of the state), and children who are suspected of having a disability and are in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

To help us locate children with disabilities you may contact the Fairfield City Schools Special Education Department at (205)783-6850.


Tips for Parents

Referral for Evaluation

Our Achievements

Eligibility Requirements

Response to Intervention (RTI)


Director Ardrene Bishop 205-783-6809 abishop@fairfield.k12.al.us

Secretary Carolyn Bester 205-783-6850 cjjones@fairfield.k12.al.us