American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
September 14, 2011

ED Releases Long-Awaited Final Rules on Part C of IDEA 2004

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, has released an unofficial copy of the long-awaited final Part C regulations (infants and toddlers program, 0–2 years) to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (commonly known as IDEA 2004). The final IDEA Part C regulations may be found at OSERS' website. The official copy of the final regulations has been delivered to the Office of the Federal Register but has not yet been scheduled for publication. The official version of this document is the document that will be published in the Federal Register within the next couple of weeks. The regulations become effective 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

ASHA has mobilized a Member Advisory Group and a National Office staff team who are in the process of conducting a thorough review and analysis of the 932 pages of the final regulations, including the impact on the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. For more information on this contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

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