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English proficiency; (3) the need for instruction in braille for an infant or toddler who is blind or visually impaired; (4) the communication needs of an infant or toddler who is deaf or hard of hearing, including instruction in his or her language and communication mode; and (5) whether the infant or toddler with a disability needs assistive technology devices and services to ensure that infants and toddlers with disabilities in these groups receive appropriate services to meet their language, literacy, and other needs.

Discussion: The commenters referenced the special factors in 34 CFR 300.324(a)(2) of the Part B regulations, which are from 614(d)(3)(B) of the Act. Part C of the Act does not contain similar specific language regarding special factors that must be considered by the IFSP Team. However,

it is the Department’s position that the regulations, as

written, adequately address the commenters’ concerns.

Section 303.344(d)(1) requires that each IFSP include a statement of the specific early intervention services that are necessary to meet the unique needs of the child and the family to achieve the results or outcomes identified in the IFSP. Therefore, each IFSP Team must explore any factor (including, as applicable and appropriate, the factors included in 34 CFR 300.342(a)(2)) that are relevant to an