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the identification of the child’s needs in each of the

developmental areas in §303.21(a)(1).

Comment: A few commenters requested that new §303.321(a)

(3)(i) (proposed §303.320(a)(2)(iii)) be clarified to

require that a child, prior to the IFSP meeting, receive an

assessment in accordance with new §303.321(c) (proposed

§303.320(b) and (c)) even when medical records and other

information are adequate to determine eligibility without an evaluation in order to inform IFSP members of the

child’s unique strengths and needs.

Discussion: We agree that clarification is needed because we inadvertently referred in the proposed section to

“assessment” instead of “evaluation” in the parenthetical

(without conducting an assessment of the child and the

family).” Additionally, regardless of whether a child's

eligibility is determined through medical records or an evaluation, once a child is determined to be eligible to receive services under Part C of the Act, initial assessments of the child and family must be completed.

Activities that are the basis of the initial assessment of the child may occur with the initial

evaluation of the child. We have added the phrase “if the

child is determined eligible as an infant or toddler with a

disability as defined in §303.21” to new §303.321(a)(1)(ii)