Individuals With Disabilities Education Act: Hawaii - After Age Three

After Age Three

Under current regulations, Early Intervention services cease when a child turns 3 years old. Instead, Early Intervention children are required on their 3rd birthday to attend a Special Education Preschool that is run by the Hawaii Department of Education.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows States to:

  • Extend Early Intervention services to eligible children who are between 3 and 5 years of age. Source: 20 US Code Section 1435

This option maximizes parental choice, as it allows each parent to decide which option best meets the educational needs of their disabled child.

The State of Hawaii is considering legislation that would extend Early Intervention services to eligible children who are between 3 and 5 years of age. In 2007, those bills are House Bill 531 and Senate Bill 1176.

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