IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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§303.344(d)(1)(ii) and which requires that an IFSP contain
a statement of the natural environments in which early intervention services will be provided appropriately, including a justification of the extent, if any, to which the services will not be provided in the natural environment. Section 632(4)(G) of the Act provides that natural environments may include home and community settings. However, the reference to community settings was not included in the proposed regulations. We have added a
reference to “community settings” in §303.26 to ensure
greater conformity with the statutory language, to address
commenters’ concerns, and to clarify that the term natural
environments includes not only the home but community
settings in which one finds same-aged children who do not have disabilities (diagnosed conditions, developmental
delays, or, at the State’s option, at-risk children).
The term “normal” was introduced into the regulations
implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act Amendments of 1991 and at that time, “normal” was
commonly used and accepted. However, we agree with
commenters that “normal” is less commonly used today and
have replaced the word “normal” with the word “typical” in
the definition of natural environments in §303.26.
Concerning commenters’ requests to add a list of