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Publicly provided services are mandated by law to help your baby and your family. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to provide early intervention services. How and what each state provides varies.

An overview of the law, IDEA Part C, and links to resources to help you find services for you and your baby are available through the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. See also http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ei.index.htm

State early intervention programs offer guidance and resources for families. If your child is under age 3 and was diagnosed in Missouri or Illinois, contact Missouri First Steps or Illinois Child and Family Connections. You can never start too early. Feel free to call Claire Soete at CID for help navigating the system.

We encourage those in other states to find assistance in one of the OPTION Schools programs.