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Georgia Early Intervention Definitions G-M


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 29 U.S.C. Section 1181 et seq., a federal law that includes requirements to protect patient privacy, security, and data integrity of electronic medical records, to prescribe methods and formats for exchange of electronic medical information, and to uniformly identify providers and participating hospitals


The full and active participation of young children with disabilities in programs and settings with typically developing children. Page 125 of 202

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

A written statement of special education and related services that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability. The IEP is developed, reviewed and revised in a meeting by an appropriately staffed IEP team, including the child’s parents.

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

A written plan designed to support the individual needs of an infant or toddler and their family. The IFSP is developed, reviewed and revised in a meeting by the IFSP Team of qualified professionals and the child’s parents.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The federal law that provides the regulations for early intervention, and special education and related services for children birth through age 21. Part B outlines services for children ages three through 21, and Part C outlines services for children birth to age two and their families.

Informed Clinical Opinion

Use of qualitative and quantitative information gathered by certified Early Intervention professionals in the evaluation and assessment process in order to form a determination regarding the child’s current developmental status and the potential eligibility for early intervention.


All of the efforts made on behalf of the child to help the family support their child’s participation in the environments where children grow, learn and play.

Lead Agency (LA)

The Georgia Department of Public Health is designated by the State’s Governor under section 635(a) (10) of the Act to administer the Federal Part C funds the State receives under section 643 of the Act and to be responsible for implementing the statewide Early Intervention System. Local BCW programs take the lead on the district level.

Learning Opportunities

Opportunities that occur within the context of an activity setting that promotes the child’s growth and development.


Local Interagency Coordinating Council

Local Interagency Coordinating Council

The regional compliments of the State ICC. The LICCs work collaboratively with the State ICC to advise and assist the local program in planning and implementing local early intervention service delivery systems for the local Babies Can't Wait programs.

Local Lead Agency

Refers to one of the Boards of Health or contracted agency which administers the local Babies Can't Wait system through each of Georgia’s 18 local districts.


Local School System

Local School System

 Operates local public education from Kindergarten through high school. Special Education services begin at age 3 if the child meets the public-school eligibility requirements.


A voluntary, no cost, and confidential process offered by the Georgia Department of Public Health that assists BCW programs, parents, and early intervention providers resolve a dispute through the use of a neutral mediator to facilitate communication. Mediation may not be used to deny or delay parents’ right to a due process hearing.


The involvement of two or more separate disciplines or professions in the provision of integrated and coordinated services, including evaluation and assessment activities in §303.321 and development of the IFSP in §303.342 . In the evaluation and assessment of the child and family this may include one individual who is qualified in more than one discipline or profession. The IFSP Team must include the involvement of the parent and two or more individuals from separate disciplines or professions and one of these individuals must be the Service Coordinator.

Multidisciplinary Team

At least two professionals representing two different disciplines in addition to the Service Coordinator and the parent/family member.


Georgia BCW Policy Manual Appendix A

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