The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. In Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services is the lead agency for early intervention services through the Birth to 3 Program, and has developed regulations, Chapter DHS 90, for implementing the statewide program.
Built into the Birth to 3 Program are specific rights (Birth to 3 Program - Parent and Child Rights, P-21106) and procedural safeguards for children and families. These are your legal assurances that the Birth to 3 Program will follow specific procedures, respecting your views and preferences about the services your child and family receive.
There may be a time when you disagree with the county Birth to 3 agency about your child's early intervention services. This is called a dispute. As a parent, you have the right to disagree with the decisions made regarding evaluation for eligibility, assessment results, services, or payment of services for your child.
Most county Birth to 3 Programs have a local process for resolving conflicts; please ask your Service Coordinator for more information. You have the following additional options available to you to resolve the dispute: