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support families in selecting the programs, providers, settings, and services that best meet the needs of the child and family; and (f) recommend programs and services that employ qualified providers who are fluent users of the language(s) and modes of communication of the child.

Discussion: An IFSP Team may conclude that it is appropriate to address the factors presented by the commenter, as well as any other factors that the IFSP Team,

which includes the child’s parent, considers relevant to a

determination concerning the appropriate setting for the provision of an early intervention service that meets the

child’s unique strengths and needs, including those of

infants or toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thus, it would be impracticable to identify all potential factors concerning service settings because such factors are guided by the measurable outcomes or measurable results expected to be achieved for the infant or toddler with a disability.

Changes: None.

Comment: Some commenters requested clarification of the

phrase “if applicable” in §303.344(d)(1)(ii)(A) regarding

the justification needed if a service is not provided in the natural environment. The commenters expressed concern that some individuals may interpret the language to mean that a justification is not always required for services