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Challenges of Interagency Collaboration: Serving a Young Child with Severe Disabilities

The importance of parents as strong advocates and informed consumers of services for their children with disabilities is well established in the literature.1'4 Turnbull, Blue-Banning, Behr and Kerns5 noted the key part­ nership role intended for parents and professionals as an outcome of Pub­ lic Law 94-142, but argued that research has found that parents typically play a rather passive role in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Subsequent efforts to provide unified education and care pro­ grams for very young children with disabilities involved recognition of the child’s family as the service recipient rather than the child alone.6