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.