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method of notification.

Discussion: The IFSP written notice requirement in

§303.342(d)(2) is substantively unchanged from current

§303.342(d)(2). Nothing in the regulations prohibits

States from providing additional notice of the IFSP meeting

by, for example, electronic mail or phone call, but, at a

minimum, it must provide written notice to the family and other participants to ensure that they can attend the IFSP meetings.

Changes: None.

Comment: Two commenters suggested that the requirements in

§303.342(e), regarding informed parental consent for

services, are similar to those in §303.420(d), regarding

parental consent and the ability to decline services, and stated that the two sections should be merged or cross- referenced. Another commenter requested that the term

"parental consent" as used in §303.342(e) should be further

defined. Specifically, the commenter expressed concern

that §303.342(e) requires the lead agency only to obtain

informed consent prior to the provision of early intervention services, and not informed written consent as required by the Act.

Discussion: Section 303.342(e) is consistent with

§303.420(a)(3) and (d) regarding parental consent. The