IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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the identification of the child’s needs in each of the
developmental areas in §303.21(a)(1).
Comment: A few commenters requested that new §303.321(a)
(3)(i) (proposed §303.320(a)(2)(iii)) be clarified to
require that a child, prior to the IFSP meeting, receive an
assessment in accordance with new §303.321(c) (proposed
§303.320(b) and (c)) even when medical records and other
information are adequate to determine eligibility without an evaluation in order to inform IFSP members of the
child’s unique strengths and needs.
Discussion: We agree that clarification is needed because we inadvertently referred in the proposed section to
“assessment” instead of “evaluation” in the parenthetical
(without conducting an assessment of the child and the
family).” Additionally, regardless of whether a child's
eligibility is determined through medical records or an evaluation, once a child is determined to be eligible to receive services under Part C of the Act, initial assessments of the child and family must be completed.
Activities that are the basis of the initial assessment of the child may occur with the initial
evaluation of the child. We have added the phrase “if the
child is determined eligible as an infant or toddler with a
disability as defined in §303.21” to new §303.321(a)(1)(ii)