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§303.344(d)(1)(ii) and which requires that an IFSP contain

a statement of the natural environments in which early intervention services will be provided appropriately, including a justification of the extent, if any, to which the services will not be provided in the natural environment. Section 632(4)(G) of the Act provides that natural environments may include home and community settings. However, the reference to community settings was not included in the proposed regulations. We have added a

reference to “community settings” in §303.26 to ensure

greater conformity with the statutory language, to address

commenters’ concerns, and to clarify that the term natural

environments includes not only the home but community

settings in which one finds same-aged children who do not have disabilities (diagnosed conditions, developmental

delays, or, at the State’s option, at-risk children).

The term “normal” was introduced into the regulations

implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education

Act Amendments of 1991 and at that time, “normal” was

commonly used and accepted. However, we agree with

commenters that “normal” is less commonly used today and

have replaced the word “normal” with the word “typical” in

the definition of natural environments in §303.26.

Concerning commenters’ requests to add a list of