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NECTAC Webinar Series
on Early Identification
and Part C Eligibility

February - June 2010

NECTAC Staff: Evelyn Shaw, Alex Lazara, Joan Danaher
Guest Facilitator: Carole Brown, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Updated: June 28, 2010

Session 1: Characteristics of Children Served in Part C

Presenter: Kathy Hebbeler, SRI International
Date: February 17, 2010

National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS) data show the characteristics of children in EI compared to the general population. State-reported data (under Section 618 of IDEA) show substantial state variation in percentage of population served that is not just a function of the state definition.

Session 2: Rigorous Definitions of Developmental Delay

Presenter: Steve Rosenberg, University of Colorado Denver & Duan Zhang, University of Denver
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This webinar explores the finding that current eligibility definitions used by states and jurisdictions make many more children likely to be Part C eligible than the system serves. It is important for states to adopt definitions that are clear, reliable and which make eligible only the children the state intends to serve.

Session 3: Valid Use of Clinical Judgment (Informed Opinion) for Early Intervention Eligibility

Presenter: Steve Bagnato & Eileen McKeating-Esterle, Children's Hospital / University of Pittsburgh
Date: Monday, April 12, 2010

Informed opinion should be used when conventional testing is inappropriate or fails to determine eligibility as needed. This webinar provides an operational definition and step-by-step methodology to guide professionals and parents in producing reliable, valid, sensible, and useful decisions using their informed opinions.

Session 4: Streamlining Eligibility Determination for Part C Early Intervention

Presenter: Carl Dunst, The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
Date: Monday, May 10, 2010

This webinar describes the procedures for developing guidelines for simplifying eligibility determination for participation in Part C early intervention.

For information regarding these calls, contact Evelyn Shaw at (919) 962-7309 or

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