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copy of the child’s IFSP. This commenter requested that

the regulations require that the parent be given a copy of

his or her child’s IFSP at the conclusion of every IFSP


Discussion: We agree with commenters that in order to help parents to be full and equal participants in the IFSP

process parents must receive a copy of their child’s

evaluation, assessments, and IFSP. Thus, we have added in

new §303.409(c) that each evaluation, assessment, and IFSP

must be provided to the parent.

Additionally, under §303.521(b), the lead agency must

ensure that specific activities, including conducting evaluations and assessments, developing and reviewing IFSPs, and implementing procedural safeguards, are provided at no cost to parents. Thus, we have added in new

§303.409(c) the requirement that these records be provided

to parents at no cost. Requiring States to provide a copy of evaluations, assessments, and IFSPs to parents, from the

child’s early intervention record, should not be a burden

to States. As a standard practice, most States already provide these documents at no cost to parents. The

requirement in new §303.409(c) is comparable to the

evaluation and IEP documents that must be provided to parents at no cost under the provisions in 34 CFR