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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 by different names in different areas, but it is often called 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 directors 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 all states and territories provide special education 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 comparable services until the new school develops 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 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

Personnel arriving with children who have special education needs should contact the Special Education Department of the applicable school district for information on enrollment procedures and available support services.

In addition, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is designed to identify family members with long term health care, psychological, or special education needs. An EFMP liaison is at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth or FFSC Norfolk. For more information about EFMP benefits and questions concerning enrollment, speak with your Command EFM POC or the Fleet and Family Support Center EFMP Liaison at 757-953-7805 or 757-444-2102. Downloadable forms can be obtained at Military OneSource's Special Needs/EFMP home page or through the Navy Personnel Command website or through the EFMP coordinator at the Medical Treatment Facility, the Liaison at the Fleet and Family Support Center or the Command EFMP POC.


Associated Links

TRICARE
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.

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

DoD Special Needs Homepage
Provides resources for meeting special needs.

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