IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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§303.303) is not required under the Act; rather, it is an
option that a State may choose to include as a part of its comprehensive child find system. An evaluation under new
§303.321 (proposed §303.320) entails more extensive
requirements than the screening under §303.320 (proposed
§303.303) and, thus, could yield more information about
whether a child is an infant or toddler with a disability than a screening may. In light of this and the fact that
section 635(a)(5) of the Act requires that each State’s
child find system ensures rigorous standards for appropriately identifying infants and toddlers with disabilities, it is important that parents have the right to request an evaluation if screening does not result in their child being suspected of having a disability.
Comment: Several commenters recommended that the regulations require re-screening every six months until the age of three if, through the screening process under new
§303.320 (proposed §303.303), a child is not suspected of
having a disability. The commenters noted that children grow and change dramatically in their first three years of life and that developmental delays are often difficult to recognize at a specific point in time.
Discussion: New §303.302 (proposed §303.301) provides