Federal guidelines issued on services for young children with disabilities

09/7/2011 | Education Week

The Education Department has released guidelines for educating about 340,000 children through the age of 2 who have disabilities and receive services through the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act's Part C program. Among other requirements, the new guidelines dictate when and how infants and toddlers should be identified and referred for services and therapies, and set standards for transitioning the children into preschools and special education. "Children are so young," said Deborah Ziegler, associate executive director of policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children. "The timelines are important."

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