Title: 'A Quick Tour of IDEA Part C Regulations for EHDI Providers'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Legislation, Part C Regulations
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and locate specific Part C regulations that affect infants and families in EHDI systems.
  2. Explain the basic components and requirements of regulations specific to EHDI.
  3. Apply Part C regulations to their role as an EHDI provider to support the coordination of Part C and EHDI programs.


The CDC Annual Survey (2010) found that only 67% of infants identified with hearing loss can be verified as enrolled in early intervention. This indicates that the work of EHDI in supporting families through the entire EHDI continuum is not finished. The purpose of this presentation is to assist EHDI providers in understanding the key components of the IDEA Part C law and its regulations. This presentation will identify the components of the Part C regulations that most directly affect infants and families in EHDI systems. Basic components and requirements of each applicable regulation will be reviewed and clarified. Discussion will focus on the potential application of each regulation to the EHDI process. Included will be key search terms and numerical references that may be used within the federal register.
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Karen Clark - POC,Co-Presenter,Author
UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders
     Credentials: M.A., CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Karen Clark is the Director of the Education Division at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. Responsibilities include supervision of the deaf education early intervention and preschool programs for the Dallas Independent School District. Karen consults with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) in the area of early intervention. She has an M. A. Degree and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology and holds Texas State Certification in Education of the Deaf and Early Childhood Education.

Financial - Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from NCHAM.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Gayla Hutsell-Guignard - Co-Presenter,Author
Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
     Credentials: M.A., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Gayla Hutsell Guignard, M.A., CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT is the Program Director for the Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. Prior to coming to the EHDI program, Gayla was employed with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Gayla also spent several years of her career at the University of Tennessee Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology as a Clinical Supervisor in the Child Hearing Services section. In addition to her work with the Indiana EHDI program, Gayla has recently acted as a consultant to the Indiana Office of Management and Budget in its charge by the Indiana General Assembly to develop a transition plan that will establish the new Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Gayla is also consultant with the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management’s (NCHAM) EHDI Network.

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Sharon Ringwalt - Co-Presenter,Author
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
     Credentials: M.S., PhD., CCC-SLP
     Other Affiliations: Mid South Regional Resource Center, CDC EHDI Program (temporary assignment)
      Sharon Ringwalt currently serves as a Technical Assistance Specialist at the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center; State TA Liaison for the IDEA Data Center and as liaison between the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and Part C programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Intervention (CDC). She provides TA to state early intervention and preschool programs around: reporting quality data; developing and implementing effective and efficient accountability and improvement systems to ensure compliance and improve results; and use of implementation science concepts to improve systems and scale up evidence-based/recommended practices to improve results for children and families. Additional areas of expertise comprise: communication development and disorders, including language delays and disorders, early literacy, and newborn hearing screening and intervention; screening, evaluation and assessment of young children, including public awareness and primary referral sources; and, interagency coordination, including State and Local Interagency Coordinating Councils.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from National Early Childhood TA Center and Mid-South Regional Resource Center.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.