Information Update Bulletin 97.01

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April 1997

TO: District Administrators, CESA Administrators, CHCEB Administrators, Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, and Other Interested Parties
FROM: Juanita S. Pawlisch, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy
SUBJECT: PI-11 Administrative Code Amendment - Eligibility Criteria for Handicapping Condition of Significant Developmental Delay

On February 1, 1997, the final rule, s. PI 11.35(2)(L), Wis. Admin. Code, defining significant developmental delay became effective. This rule conforms to Wisconsin Act 298 which created s. 115.76(3)(k), Wis. Stats., adding this handicapping condition for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds and complies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In developing this rule, the department worked closely with several organizations and solicited input from parents, special education staff, administrators, and teacher trainers. The department also received testimony on the significant developmental delay rule at public hearings and suggestions from the State Superintendent's Advisory Council on Exceptional Education. In addition, some changes were recommended during the cooperative educational service agency (CESA) trainings on the emergency rule.

As a result, changes have been made to clarify some aspects of the rule. We are including a question-and-answer handout which may prove helpful as multidisciplinary teams assess young children who are suspected of having an exceptional educational need.

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Attachments: Final Rule, Questions and Answers

For questions about this information, contact the DPI Special Education Team 608-266-1781