IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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of the guidelines.
Changes: We have added the word “Act” following the words
“Americans with Disabilities.”
Positive efforts to employ and advance qualified
individuals with disabilities (§303.105)
Comment: Some commenters requested that this section be amended to include positive efforts to employ and advance parents of individuals with disabilities because such efforts would benefit the Part C system by encouraging parent leadership at all levels. A few commenters indicated general support for the language in this section, but requested that the regulations require States to report to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on their plan and efforts to employ qualified individuals with disabilities.
Discussion: We agree with the commenter that positive efforts to employ and advance parents of individuals with disabilities would encourage parent participation in State
Part C programs. However, the language in §303.105
reflects the requirement in section 606 of the Act, concerning the employment and advancement of qualified individuals with disabilities themselves, and, therefore, we do not believe that it is appropriate to expand this requirement to include the parents of individuals with