IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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environment (e.g. clinic, hospital, service provider’s
office). In such cases, a justification must be included
in the IFSP, pursuant to §303.344(d)(1)(ii)(A).
Concerning the comment to add a reference to family routines and activities to the definition of natural
environments, §303.26 allows for and supports providing
services within family routines and activities.
Changes: We have added in the definition of natural
environments in §303.26 the phrase “or community settings”
after “home” and the phrase “same-aged” before the phrase
“infant or toddler without a disability.” We also have
replaced the reference to “normal” with “typical.”
Comment: While a few commenters supported the changes to the definition of parent, a majority of commenters did not support the proposed changes and recommended that the
definition of parent in §303.27 be amended. One commenter
requested that “non-relative caregivers” be included in the
definition of parent.
Discussion: The definition of parent in §303.27 reflects
section 602(23) of the Act and is consistent with the definition of parent in 34 CFR 300.30 of the Part B
regulations. Adding “non-relative caregivers” to these
regulations is not necessary because when the child lives