IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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are not only available, but also accessible, to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including families in rural areas.
Discussion: Section 303.112 reflects the language of, and requirements in, section 635(a)(2) of the Act that each Part C statewide system must have in effect a State policy that ensures that appropriate early intervention services, based on scientifically based research, to the extent practicable, are available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families residing on a reservation geographically located in the State, and infants and toddlers with disabilities who are homeless children and their families. Children living in rural areas are a historically underrepresented population and as
stated in §303.1(d), one of the purposes of this program is
to enhance the capacity of State and local agencies and service providers to identify, evaluate, and meet the needs
of rural children. Additionally, under §303.227(a), States
must ensure that policies and practices have been adopted to ensure that traditionally underserved groups, including minority, low-income, homeless, and rural families and children with disabilities who are wards of the State, are meaningfully involved in the planning and implementation of