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certification in visual impairments and hearing impairments. Therefore, teachers of children with hearing impairments and teachers of children with visual impairments remain as examples of special educators in the list of qualified personnel who provide early intervention services under this part to ensure that these teachers are considered qualified personnel to provide early intervention services.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters requested that, in identifying the types of qualified personnel who provide early

intervention services, the reference to “teachers of

children with hearing impairments” be revised to refer to

“teachers of deaf and hard of hearing children.” Another

commenter stated that the appropriate reference to teachers who instruct children who are deaf or hard of hearing is

“teachers of the hearing impaired.” Commenters who

recommended using “teachers of deaf and hard of hearing

children” opposed the word “impairment” as outdated, value-

laden, and inconsistent with the language in the Part B regulations.

Discussion: The types of qualified personnel listed in

§303.13(c)(11) include “teachers of children with hearing

impairments (including deafness).” This language is