IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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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.
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