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Module One: Lesson Three

Procedural Safeguards and Due Process Requirements

art depicting people and armsAs a provider, it is very important for you to understand the rights and safeguards for families in the Early Steps system. Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Regulations, 34 CFR, Part 303, outlines a series of rights and procedural safeguards to ensure family participation in the early intervention system. Procedural safeguards are the checks and balances of the early intervention system and are intended to protect the interests of families of infants and toddlers with special needs as well as the interests of the early intervention system. IDEA, Part C is family-oriented legislation and the rights and safeguards convey the law's central principles of respect for family privacy, diversity and their role as informed members of the early intervention team.

Procedural Safeguards and Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI) Program

Though procedural safeguards are more prescriptive under Part C than under the Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI) program, DEI will adhere to the Part C requirements regarding procedural safeguards.

 

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