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Illinois Early Intervention Definitions H-N

HFS

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 USC 1320(d) et seq.) and the regulations promulgated thereunder at 45 CFR 160, 162 and 164 (Transaction, Privacy and Security).

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1400 et seq., as amended in 2004).

Individualized Family Service Plan

A written plan for providing early intervention services to an eligible child and the child's family, as set forth in Subpart C.

Individualized Family Service Plan Team

Sometimes referred to as the "multidisciplinary team" or "IFSP Team", means a group of people concerned with the developmental needs of the child, including the child's parent/guardian or parents; other family members, as requested by the parent, if feasible to do so; an advocate or person outside of the family, if the parent requests that person to participate; the Service Coordinator; a person or persons directly involved in conducting the child's evaluations and assessments; and, as appropriate, persons who will be providing EI services to the child or family.  The multidisciplinary team/IFSP team determines appropriate EI services by consensus as set forth in this Part.

Infant or Toddler

Any child under 36 months of age.

Informed Clinical Opinion

The way in which qualified personnel utilize their cumulative knowledge and experience in evaluating and assessing a child and in interpreting the results of evaluation and assessment instruments.

Lead agency

The State agency, as designated by the Governor and the Act, responsible for administering the Act and this Part in accordance with federal laws and rules.  The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has been so designated.

Local Education Agency

A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within  Illinois for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district or other political subdivision of this State, or for a combination of school districts or counties as are recognized in this State as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools.

Local Interagency Agreement

An agreement entered into by local community and State and regional agencies receiving early intervention funds directly from the State and made in accordance with State interagency agreements providing for the delivery of early intervention services within a local community area.

Local Interagency Council

A local advisory body established for each designated geographic intake region as set forth in Section 6 of the Early Intervention Services System Act.

Multidisciplinary Team

A group of people concerned with the developmental needs of the child, including the child's parent/guardian or parents; other family members, as requested by the parent, if feasible to do so; an advocate or person outside of the family, if the parent requests that person to participate; the Service Coordinator; a person or persons directly involved in conducting the child's evaluations and assessments; and, as appropriate, persons who will be providing EI services to the child or family.  The multidisciplinary team/IFSP team determines appropriate EI services by consensus as set forth in this Part. 

Native Language

When used with respect to an individual who is limited English proficient, means the language normally used by that individual, or in the case of a child, the language normally used by the parents of the child.  For evaluations and assessments of a child, native language means the language normally used by the child, if determined developmentally appropriate for the child by qualified personnel conducting the evaluation or assessment.  Unless clearly not feasible to do so, family assessments must be conducted in the native language of the family members being assessed.  Native language, when used with respect to an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or for an individual with no written language, means the mode of communication that is normally used by the individual (such as sign language, Braille, or oral communication).

Natural Environment

Settings that are natural or typical for a same-aged infant or toddler without a disability and may include home or community settings.

Reference

89 Ill. Admin. Code 500.20

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