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the family’s native language.

Discussion: Section 303.342(d)(1)(ii) requires that IFSP meetings be conducted in the native language of the family or other mode of communication used by the family unless it is clearly not feasible to do so. Thus, lead agencies should consider the availability of native language resources, such as those listed by the commenter, when determining whether it is feasible to conduct the IFSP meeting in the native language of the family. However,

given that the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes over 300 languages used in the United States (not including dialects), it may not be feasible, in every instance, to provide interpreter services with respect to a particular native language because an interpreter of that language may not be available.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter suggested that the lead agency

should be allowed to provide notice to the child’s family

and other participants of the IFSP Team meeting under

§303.342(d)(2) by electronic mail (e-mail) or documentation

of a phone call arranging the meeting, and not only by providing written notice. The commenter further stated that parents should be given the option to waive receiving written notification of the meeting in favor of another