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Comment: Some commenters recommended that natural

environment settings be determined based on a child’s needs

rather than on outcomes, as required by §303.344(d)(1)(ii)

(B)(3).

Discussion: We believe that the commenters’ concerns are

addressed because when developing outcomes for the IFSP, the IFSP Team must consider the needs of the child based on the results of the evaluation and assessments of the child

and the family pursuant to §303.344(a) and (b). Once the

outcomes are developed, the IFSP Team, including the parent, determines which early intervention services are necessary to achieve the expected outcomes and the setting(s) in which those services will be provided.

Changes: None.

Comment: Two commenters expressed concern that §303.344(d)

(2)(iv) would require an IFSP Team to project when a given service will no longer be provided. The commenters stated that some infants and toddlers with disabilities may require a particular early intervention service for the duration of their participation in the Part C program and it would be inappropriate for an IFSP Team to project that far into the future.

Discussion: The purpose of the language in §303.344(d)(2)

(iv) is to help ensure accountability by requiring IFSP