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incorporates the application content requirements under section 427(b) of GEPA. This provision of GEPA requires a State application to include a description of the steps that the State is taking to ensure equitable access to, and equitable participation in, the programs that will be conducted by the State using Federal funds (in this case, Federal funds for the Part C program). This provision also requires the State to develop and describe in its application the steps the State is taking to address the special needs of program beneficiaries (in this case, infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families) in order to overcome barriers to equitable participation, including barriers based on gender, race, color, national origin, disability, and age.

Changes: We have added a new paragraph (a) to §303.212 to

clarify that a State’s Part C application must include: “A

description of the steps the State is taking to ensure equitable access to, and equitable participation in, the Part C statewide system as required by section 427(b) of

GEPA.”

Reports and records (§303.224)

Comment: A few commenters expressed concern with the

requirements in §303.224. One commenter stated that this

section grants the Secretary broad authority over State