IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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requirements related to natural environments in State applications, in the Analysis of Comments and Changes for subpart B. Finally, we address comments that relate to
§303.344(d)(1), regarding the requirements related to
natural environments for IFSPs and IFSP Team decision- making processes concerning appropriate service settings, in the Analysis of Comments and Changes for subpart D.
The definition of natural environments in §303.26
remains substantively unchanged from current §303.18 and is
consistent with the language in section 632(4)(G) of the Act, as well as the following statutory sections:
Section 636(d)(5)--">635(a)(16) of the Act, which is reflected in
§303.126 and requires that the Part C statewide system
include policies and procedures to ensure that, consistent with section 636(d)(5) of the Act, to the maximum extent appropriate, early intervention services are provided in natural environments and the provision of early intervention services for any infant or toddler with a disability occurs in a setting other than the natural environment that is most appropriate, as determined by the parent and IFSP Team, only when early intervention cannot be achieved satisfactorily for the infant or toddler in the natural environment.
Section 636(d)(5) of the Act, which is reflected in