SPECIAL EDUCATION & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities

NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

Disclaimer: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.

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Letter to Ms. Sandy L. Morris
June 7, 2005
Topic: Natural Environments
Letter regarding the natural environments requirements in Part C of IDEA, and clarifying that IDEA 2004 continues the Department's longstanding interpretation that early intervention services must be provided in a natural environment, unless a written justification exists for providing these services in other settings.
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Redacted letter
July 30, 2002
Topic: Natural Environments
Letter regarding the history of implementation of the natural environments requirements of Part C of the IDEA since the early intervention program was originally enacted, and clarifying that, based on the child's individualized family services plan (IFSP), appropriate services can be provided in other environments.
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Letter to Honorable Richard Shelby
August 6, 2001
Topic: Natural Environments
Letter regarding the history of implementation of the natural environments requirements of Part C of the IDEA since the early intervention program was originally enacted, and clarifying that, based on the child's individualized family services plan (IFSP), appropriate services can be provided in center-based programs.
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Letter to Honorable Ike Skelton
June 14, 2001
Topic: Natural Environments
Letter regarding the history and changes to the natural environments requirements of Part C of IDEA since the early intervention program was originally enacted, and clarifying that the need for parent networking and parent training could be addressed through the provision of appropriate services in the child's individualized family services plan (IFSP).
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Redacted letter
November 1, 2000
Topic: Natural Environments
Tag regarding the requirements of providing early intervention services in natural environments and including appropriate justifications on the individualized family service plan (IFSP).
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Redacted letter
May 12, 2000
Topic: Natural Environments
Letter regarding a state's responsibility to ensure the provision of early intervention services in natural environments, to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the child, and the Individualized Family Service Plan Team's responsibility to determine the location in which those services are provided.
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