About the Program
The State of Alaska recognizes the challenges and rewards
of living and working with young children with disabilities.
We (Alaska’s families, teachers, therapists, medical
professionals, and administrators) share the goal of improved
development for all children, especially those experiencing
disabilities. We also recognize the vital importance of early
diagnosis and service delivery.
The Alaska Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP)
assures that early intervention services are available for
families with infants and toddlers (birth to age three) with
Early intervention services are federally governed by the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A federal
law passed in 1986, IDEA requires states to ensure that young
children who may have disabilities or developmental delays
receive an evaluation to identify the potential need for
early intervention services. In Alaska, EI/ILP is administered
the Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's
Services, Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program.
The Alaska EI/ILP partners with grantees around the state
to provide services directly to families at a local level.
EI/ILP grantees include school districts, mental health associations,
Alaskan Native corporations, parent associations, and other
nonprofit organizations. Programs vary widely by staff and
region size. Service may include: developmental screening
and evaluation; individualized family service plans to outline
goals for the family and their child; child development information;
home visits; physical, occupational or speech therapy; specialized
equipment; and/or referrals to other needed services.
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