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children with visual impairments” in separate paragraphs in

the definition of qualified personnel because these teachers are from two distinct disciplines. Another commenter stated that classifying teachers of the visually impaired as special educators is not necessary and suggested that doing so would have no impact on the availability of qualified personnel.

Discussion: We agree with the commenter that teachers of children with hearing impairments and teachers of children with visual impairments are two distinct professions. The

list of qualified personnel in §303.13(c) who provide early

intervention services under this part includes special

educators. The term “special educators” consists of many

distinct professions including teachers of children with hearing impairments and teachers of children with visual impairments. Therefore, including teachers of children with hearing impairments and teachers of children with visual impairments as examples of special educators in

§303.13(c)(11) is appropriate and listing these terms

separately is not necessary.

Concerning the comment that classifying teachers of the visually impaired as special educators is not necessary, the Department recognizes that there are some special educators that receive their training and