The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that your school system provide support for you and your baby. Part C of this Act discusses the assistance that is available for babies (infants to 3 years) and their families. Your state has guidelines to help school districts provide services when you need them.
As your child's advocate,
YOU will be the most important member of the team. You can let your services coordinator know your preferences. You will attend Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings to ensure the educational plan for your baby and your family meets your needs.
It sounds like alphabet soup but these two documents are important for your child's education.
The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Your team of professionals helps develop a plan based on your family's strengths and needs.
The team will conduct an interview and some assessments with you and your baby. The information obtained will support the family's and team's understanding of your baby's current levels of development and any areas of need. This is like a starting point – the road map for what we want to work on starts here.
When your child is ready for preschool, you will already know how to work with a team of professionals. As a result of your child's IEP, you will be able to advocate for your child as he or she grows up and continues to learn and develop and measure their success.
The IEP will contain:
Making a Plan for Your Child-IFSP Considerations for Your Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Part C: Eligibility Considerations- for Infants & Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing