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Special Education/EIS

Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Children from Birth to 3 Years of Age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of state Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.

Children Between 3 and 21 Years of Age

The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program, if appropriate.

If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.

Other Resources

Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.

Installation Specific Information

At Grafenwoehr Elementary, Grafenwoehr Middle School, and Vilseck Elementary and High School, DoDDS provides the following level of services.

Preschool (3-5 years of age)

Services are available in developmental preschool classroom settings for children with significant developmental delays and/or other disabilities. Extended preschool services are available to meet children’s individual needs.  Services are located at Vilseck ES only.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Vilseck ES and HS: The schools provide structured teaching and behavior management in primarily a self-contained classroom setting.
  • Grafenwoehr ES and MS: The schools provide special education to children with the diagnosis of autism in the general education classroom with limited special education consultation. This location would not be appropriate for children with the diagnosis of autism who require individual support or more intensive special education services.

Communication/Speech Impaired

Services are available to provide comprehensive speech and language interventions in individual, small group, and/or general education classroom settings. Additionally, services are available to provide student and general education teacher training in the use of augmentative communication devices and/or alternate communication systems and/or FM systems in individual, small group, and classroom settings.

Emotionally Impaired

Children with a diagnosis of emotional impairment may receive instruction, behavior modification, and counseling in a resource room setting. There is no self-contained classroom for the emotionally impaired. This placement would not be appropriate for children coming out of a residential placement and/or an alternative educational setting. Services are located at Vilseck ES and Vilseck HS with consultation to Grafenwoehr ES and Grafenwoehr MS.

Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation)

  • Vilseck ES, Vilseck HS, and Grafenwoehr MS: Services are available for children who have moderate to severe mental retardation and require a specialized environment for the majority of the school day. A specialized curriculum, including training in activities of daily living and pre-vocational support are available.
  • Grafenwoehr ES: Services are available for children who have mild mental retardation and receive the majority of their instruction in general education classroom (approximately 75% or greater) with resource room support. Independence is stressed with minimal additional supervision or support.

Specific Learning Disability

  • Vilseck ES and Vilseck HS: Services are available to provide the majority of individualized instruction in a resource room setting (75% of the day or more).
  • Grafenwoehr ES and Grafenwoehr MS: Services are available to provide individualized instruction in the general education classroom with resource room support (up to 50% of the day).

Hearing Impaired

Services are available on an as-needed-basis to provide consultation for students with hearing impairments who can be served in the general education classrooms. The Hearing Impaired Specialist is not located within the school complex and on-site visits may be limited. Minor environmental modifications and some special materials are available. Support is provided for children whose hearing disability is typically corrected with hearing aids. This is not an appropriate location for children who are deaf or who require the services of an interpreter.

Visually Impaired

Consultation services are provided on an as-needed-basis to support children with low vision who can be served in a general education classroom. The Visually Impaired Specialist is not located within the school complex and on-site visits may be limited. This may include equipment for providing magnification and high contrast, large print books, and environmental modifications for light control and/or preferential seating. This is not an appropriate location for children who are blind and require pre-Braille or Braille instruction or orientation and mobility training.

Special Education Records

Parents of children enrolled in special education should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents to include their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and current testing and evaluation reports.

If your child requires specialized equipment (for example large print books, an FM trainer, or Braille services) contact the Area Special Education Coordinator in Wiesbaden Germany.

In this community, services may also vary by school. If your child requires specialized services, contact the district superintendent's office before accepting housing to insure that you live in the appropriate catchment area, if possible.


DoDDS-Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany
Special Education Coordinator

Office of the Deputy Director, DoDDS-Europe
Unit 29649, Box 7000
APO AE 09096

Fax: 011-49-611-380-7575

Bavaria District
DoDDS Superintendent's Office
417th BSB, CMR 449
APO AE 09031   

DSN: 314-350-7555
Fax:  011-49-931-889-7305
Fax DSN: 314-350-7305

Associated Links

Find out everything you need to know about your medical benefits.

Parent Training and Information Centers
Parent training and information centers for special needs family members.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Provides a list of State Part C directors and programs.

Choosing a School for your Child - Department of Education
How to choose a school.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

Army EFMP Program
Special needs specific information

DoD Special Needs Homepage
Provides resources for meeting special needs.

Education Directory for Children with Special Needs
Provides useful practical information for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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