IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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regarding the child find system including a system for making referrals to lead agencies and EIS providers.
Changes: We have replaced the reference to “public
agencies,” in new §303.302(a)(2) (proposed §303.301(a)(2)),
with a reference to “lead agencies or EIS providers”.
Comment: A few commenters requested that the Department
define the term “rigorous,” as that term is used to modify
“standards for appropriately identifying infants and
toddlers with disabilities under this part that will reduce
the need for future services” in new §303.302(a)(3)
(proposed §303.301(a)(3)). These commenters asked the
Department to provide specific guidance on how to define this term to avoid arbitrary and conflicting applications of the standards.
Discussion: New §303.302(a)(3) (proposed §303.301(a)(3)),
consistent with section 635(a)(5) of the Act, requires that
each State’s Part C child find system include rigorous
standards for appropriately identifying infants and toddlers with disabilities for early intervention services that reduce the need for future services. We interpret the
term “rigorous” in this section to mean that the State has
obtained public (including stakeholder) input on its child find system policies and procedures that are required in
§§303.101(a)(2), 303.115, and 303.116. Requiring public