IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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regulatory provisions, amending the language regarding
natural environments in §303.13(a)(8) to reference specific
early intervention services or methods of delivering early intervention services is not necessary.
With regard to the commenter’s suggestion that we add
the phrase “and based on the child’s developmental needs”
(4) already provides that early intervention services must be designed to meet the developmental needs of an infant or
toddler with a disability. Therefore, adding “and based on
the child’s developmental needs” would be repetitive and
thus not necessary. Adding the phrase “and based on the
child’s chronological age” to §303.13(a)(8) also is not
necessary because the definition of natural environments in
§303.26 includes environments that are “natural or typical
for a same-aged infant or toddler without a disability.”
This definition takes into account the comparability to same-aged peers as well as the chronological age of the child in the context of natural environments. The Secretary believes that the natural environments provisions in these regulations address sufficiently and appropriately the issues raised by the commenter.
Changes: We have added in §303.13(a)(8) a cross-reference