IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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new §303.321(a)(5) that, unless clearly not feasible to do
so, all evaluations and assessments of a child must be conducted in the native language of the child, in accordance with the definition of native language in
We also specify in new §303.321(a)(6) that, unless
clearly not feasible to do so, family assessments must be conducted in the native language of the family members being assessed, in accordance with the definition of native
language in §303.25.
Comment: A few commenters recommended that subpart D include provisions that clearly specify that multidisciplinary evaluations include the participation of qualified personnel with knowledge of the disability that may be indicated, particularly given the inclusion of
informed clinical opinion in new §303.321(a)(3)(ii)
(proposed §303.320(b)(1) and (b)(2)). The commenters
stated that for clinical opinion to be valid, personnel must have knowledge and experience in the disability presented by the child. For infants and toddlers with a known disability (e.g., visual impairment), the inclusion of personnel with knowledge and training in that area of disability increases the accurate interpretation of results and is consistent both with the Act and the Part B