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identify their priorities and concerns regarding the development of the child (i.e., by participating in the assessment, by providing information in response to the assessment tool and personal interview, and by providing a description of its resources, priorities, and concerns

related to enhancing the child’s development). We believe

family involvement can help ensure that services that are identified in the IFSP are relevant and culturally competent.

Changes: We have restructured new §303.321(c)(2)(i)

through (c)(2)(iii) (proposed §303.320(c)) to list the

requirements of a family assessment as follows: (1) Be voluntary on the part of each family member participating in the assessment; (2) Be based on information obtained through an assessment tool and also through an interview with those family members who elect to participate in the

assessment; and (3) Include the family’s description of its

resources, priorities, and concerns related to enhancing

the child’s development.

Comment: Two commenters requested that we emphasize the important role of siblings by including them in new

§303.321(c)(2) (proposed §303.320(c)). Other commenters

agreed and, in addition to siblings, requested that new

§303.321(c)(2) (proposed §303.320(c)) include a reference