Taking Giant Baby Steps: Early Intervention Services Under Part C
According to recent statistics done by the Developmental Disabilities Branch from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, about 17 percent of children under the age of 18 develop and cope with learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities. Out of these children less than 3 percent of those under the age of three are participating in the federally funded Early Intervention programs. Early intervention, with proper diagnosis and support, is crucial in these kids development.
Educational law expert Randy Chapman has answers for parents and educators on how they can use Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to enhance their child’s development and minimize developmental delay. In his new article, “Taking Giant Baby Steps: Early Intervention Services Under Part C,” Randy answers some
commonly asked questions regarding early intervention services for infants, toddlers, and their families. Some of the questions that he covers in his article include:
-What is Part C is out of the IDEA?
-What early intervention services are available and who is eligible for them?
-What are the signs of a child with a disability and steps to take after diagnoses?
Randy Chapman is the Director of Legal Services at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy System. He is the author of three books, including The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, (The Legal Center 2005). The Everyday Guide is also available in the Spanish/English version, Gui?a de la Ley de Educacion? Especial. For 29 years, he has been promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.