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Special Education/EIS

Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) screening is mandatory for all family members who will accompany a service member to an overseas duty location. EFMP screening includes educational screening when the family member is under the age of 21. The military service considers the needs of the family member when considering an overseas assignment.

The Department of Defense operates two programs that provide educational services to children with developmental delays and disabilities, in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for services is determined according to procedures outlined in DoD Instruction 1342.12, Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents, April 11, 2005.

Infants and Toddlers (birth to 3 years old)

Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) is a military medical department program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers from birth until three years of age. EDIS is available at all locations where there is a DoD school.

The EDIS teams, with Early Childhood Special Educators and multi-disciplinary allied health professionals, assist families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays to achieve goals that enhance functional independence and support school readiness. EDIS provides services in the child’s natural environment (home, childcare center, etc.), and embedded in family routines.

School Age (3-21 years)

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) provides special education to school aged children with a disability. In overseas communities, the availability of services varies according to the size of the community, its location, and the military mission.

Services Provided

Brussels American School

Special Education

When a family member is identified with a special medical and/or educational need, the special needs are documented through the enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Enrollment ensures that the family member's documented medical and educational needs are considered during the overseas screening process. In DoDEA, special education and related services are available to eligible students, ages 3 through 21 years of age. Services can vary greatly from location to location so it is important that your child's educational information be reviewed prior to any overseas assignment. To ensure that the appropriate services are in place to meet your child's needs, please contact your Special Needs Coordinator at your local Military Medical Treatment Facility to begin the family travel screening process.

Special Education Records

Once your child's educational information has been reviewed and overseas travel has been approved, parents need to be sure to hand-carry all pertinent school documents to include their children's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and current testing and evaluation reports to their new location. For additional special education and relocation information please refer to the DoDEA website.


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

Isles District
DoDDS Superintendent's Office
DSO Unit 5185, Box 470
APO AE 09461 - 5470

DSN: 314-226-7234
Fax: 011-44-1638-527243

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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