IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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and requested guidance about who is qualified to provide these services.
Discussion: We have clarified in the definition of vision
services in new §303.13(b)(17) that evaluations and
assessments of visual functioning include the diagnosis and appraisal of specific visual disorders, delays, and abilities that affect early childhood development. We also agree that reference to independent living applies to older children and have deleted the reference, which was in
proposed §303.13(b)(14)(iii), to “independent living skills
Regarding commenters’ concerns that vision services
are limited to “training” services and not skills, we note
that the purpose of providing training to a child in
specific vision areas is to improve the child’s skills in
those areas. The definition of vision services provides discretion and flexibility for each IFSP Team to identify those vision services necessary to meet the unique needs of
an infant or toddler with a disability and the child’s
family. Therefore, we have not made the changes recommended by the commenter.