IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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for early intervention services and requested that these regulations explicitly require a full evaluation be conducted in order to determine eligibility for services under Part C of the Act.
Discussion: New §303.320 makes clear that the purpose of
screening is to determine if a child is suspected of having a disability. If eligibility is to be determined, new
§303.321 requires that an evaluation (not screening) be
used to determine eligibility. We believe these regulations are clear in their scope and purpose and decline to make the change requested by the commenters.
Comment: A significant number of commenters requested additional clarification regarding the procedures that should be used to screen infants and toddlers. These commenters recommended that States should be required to ensure that professionals conducting the screening meet the requirements that apply to EIS providers. Some commenters requested that the regulations set a standard for personnel conducting the screening. Other commenters requested that States be required to use one standardized screening tool across the State in order to eliminate differences in screening procedures across jurisdictions.
Discussion: Proposed §303.303(b)(2) provided that