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suspected of having a disability. The use of screening as a vehicle to identify children potentially eligible for Part C services may reduce the number of evaluations and assessments that would otherwise need to be conducted and, thus, reduce potential evaluation and assessment costs for the State. As discussed previously in the Analysis of Comments and Changes, some commenters suggested that

§303.320(a)(3), which allows a parent to request an

evaluation even after the lead agency determines--using its screening procedures--that the child is not suspected of having a disability, would diminish the cost-effectiveness of screening. However, we believe that parents are in a

unique position to observe their child’s development and

may notice things which suggest a developmental delay or disability that could be missed by a screening. For this

reason, it is the Department’s position that this parental

right to request an evaluation--along with other regulations in this part--provide for a rigorous child find system, which ensures that infants and toddlers with disabilities will receive the early intervention services they need. This is cost-effective because providing these services may reduce the need for special education and related services for these children when they reach school age.