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surrogate parent based upon a disagreement with a surrogate parent or because a surrogate parent refuses to consent to the provision of early intervention services.

Discussion: The Act is silent on when or how a surrogate parent can be removed. However, a lead agency has a responsibility to ensure that a surrogate parent is carrying out his or her responsibilities; therefore, there are some circumstances when removal may be appropriate. A mere disagreement with the decisions of a surrogate parent about appropriate services or placements for a child, however, generally would not be sufficient to give rise to a removal, as the role of a surrogate parent is to represent the interests of the child, which may not be the same as the interests of the public agency. We do not think a regulation is necessary because these circumstances may be resolved under State law. Additionally, the rights of an infant or toddler with a disability are adequately protected by Titles II and VI of the ADA, which prohibit retaliation or coercion against any individual who exercises their rights under Federal law for the purpose of assisting children with disabilities, to protect the

child’s rights under this statute.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters recommended that we establish a