IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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the comments on §303.342.
Comment: Two commenters recommended that, when describing the purpose of early intervention services in general, we retain the language that these services must be designed to
serve “the needs of the family related to enhancing the
child’s development” that is in current §303.12(a)(1). The
commenter stated that meeting family needs is a key component of an early intervention system and should be addressed routinely in IFSP development, rather than only upon family request.
Discussion: Proposed §303.13(a)(4) provided that early
intervention services are developmental services that are designed to meet the developmental needs of an infant or
toddler with a disability, and, “as requested by the
family, the needs of the family.” We agree with the
commenters that our inclusion of the language “as requested
by the family” could be interpreted to mean that addressing
the needs of a family of an infant or toddler with a disability is not an essential component of early intervention services under Part C of the Act. This was not our intention in proposing this language. Therefore,
for clarity we have removed this phrase from §303.13(a)(4).
Changes: We have removed the phrase “as requested by the