Written prior notice must be given to you a reasonable time before the Illinois Early Intervention Services System(2) proposes, or refuses, to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child, or the provision of appropriate early intervention services to your child and your family.

The notice must be sufficient in detail to inform you about:

  1. The action that is being proposed or refused;
  2. The reasons for taking the action; and
  3. All procedural safeguards that are available under the program.

The notice must be:

  1. Written in language understandable to the general public and provided in your native language unless it is clearly not feasible to do so.
  2. If your native language or other mode of communication is not a written language, the public agency, or designated service provider shall take steps to insure that:

The "Illinois Early Intervention Services System" or "System" includes, but is not limited to, the following: local regional intake entity (Child and Family Connections), agencies, programs, local public and private service providers and service coordinators.

  1. The notice is translated orally or by other means to you in your native language or other mode of communication;
  2. you understand the notice; and
  3. there is written evidence that the requirements of this section have been met.

If a parent is deaf or blind or has no written language, the mode of communication must be that normally used by the parent (ex. sign language, braille, or oral communication).