Can a child without developmental delays get Regional Center services?

Parent Question
Feb. 2, 2022Updated Jun. 17, 2022

An infant or toddler with a low-incidence disability may be eligible for early intervention services from the local education agency (LEA) even if the child does not have sufficient developmental delay to qualify for Regional Center services. The CA Education Code defines low-incidence disabilities as “hearing impairments, vision impairments, severe orthopedic impairments, or any combination thereof.” A child may also be dually eligible for LEA and Regional Center early intervention services.

For more information about what to expect from Regional Center services, check out our article, Regional Center Eligibility and Services: Early Intervention (0–36 months). To read about LEA services for children with low-incidence disabilities, check out our article, How Do We Pay For It All? Undivided’s Guide to Funding Resources.

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