IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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recommended adding specific examples of settings to
§303.26, including Early Head Start or child care programs,
day care, play groups, churches, grocery stores, parks, public libraries, community settings, and settings where parents with infants and toddlers with similar disabilities gather.
Two other commenters recommended the definition indicate that a clinical setting could be the natural environment, particularly when the service requires the use of specialized equipment that cannot be transported to the
child’s home. One commenter expressed concern that
mandating services to be provided in settings where non- disabled children are present may suggest that the alternative is less than acceptable. Another commenter recommended that the definition of natural environments require that services be provided within family routines and activities and opposed identifying specific settings.
Discussion: Three sections of these regulations describe natural environments requirements that apply to States
receiving funds under Part C of the Act: §§303.26,
303.126, and 303.344(d)(1). We address comments that
relate to §303.26, regarding the definition of natural
environments, in this discussion section. We address
comments that relate to §303.126, regarding the