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term in new §303.321 (proposed §303.320). However, as

discussed earlier in this preamble in the Analysis of Comments and Changes section in response to comments on the

use of the term “service needs” in proposed §303.320, we no

longer use the term in new §303.321 (proposed §303.320) or

any other section of these regulations. We, therefore,

have removed the phrase from §303.342(c) and replaced it

with the phrase “the child and family” to be consistent

with new §303.321 (proposed §303.320).

Changes: The phrase “service needs” has been removed from

§303.342(c) and replaced with the words “the child and


Comment: One commenter recommended amending §303.342(d)(1)

(ii) to require a lead agency to exhaust all possible options for conducting IFSP meetings in the native language of the family because Part C of the Act makes clear that involvement of the family in the IFSP process is critical.

The commenter was concerned that the current regulatory

language allows too much room for a lead agency to claim

that it is “not feasible” to conduct the IFSP meeting in a

family’s native language. The commenter stated that, given

the availability of resources such as bilingual staff, interpreters, and telephonic interpreter service, it should be feasible to ensure that IFSP meetings are conducted in