IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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“optometrists,” “teachers of children with hearing
impairments,” and “teachers of children with visual
impairments” in the list of qualified personnel.
A few commenters objected to the inclusion of
“registered dieticians” and “vision specialists, including
ophthalmologists and optometrists.” The commenters
suggested that the inclusion of medical professionals, i.e., ophthalmologists, might cause confusion about whether diagnostic services provided by ophthalmologists would qualify as early intervention services. Other commenters requested that the Department provide separate guidance
about the use of and distinction between “ophthalmologists
and optometrists.” One commenter requested clarification
about whether a lead agency was responsible only for referring families to these specialists or if they also would be responsible for paying for diagnostic services.
One commenter requested that nutritionists be added to the list of qualified personnel because a nutritionist might be available when a registered dietician is not.
Discussion: We appreciate the commenters’ support for the
proposed definition of qualified personnel in §303.13(c).
We included registered dieticians and vision specialists, including ophthalmologists and optometrists, in the proposed regulations to conform with the language in