Sec. 303.445 (a)

(a) Decision of hearing officer.

(1) Subject to paragraph (a)(2) of this section, a hearing officer’s determination of whether an infant or toddler was appropriately identified, evaluated, or placed, or whether the infant or toddler with a disability and his or her family were appropriately provided early intervention services under part C of the Act, must be based on substantive grounds.
(2) In matters alleging a procedural violation, a hearing officer may find that a child was not appropriately identified, evaluated, placed, or provided early intervention services under part C of the Act only if the procedural inadequacies—
(i) Impeded the child’s right to identification, evaluation, and placement or provision of early intervention services for the child and that child’s family under part C of the Act;
(ii) Significantly impeded the parent’s opportunity to participate in the decision-making process regarding identification, evaluation, placement or provision of early intervention services for the child and that child’s family under part C of the Act; or
(iii) Caused a deprivation of educational or developmental benefit.
(3) Nothing in paragraph (a) of this section precludes a hearing officer from ordering the lead agency or EIS provider to comply with procedural requirements under §§303.400 through 303.449.
Severe Discrepancy, Screening
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