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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

OCONUS to OCONUS

Family members of active duty personnel PCSing from one overseas location to another overseas location (OCONUS to OCONUS) must complete an overseas medical clearance 180 days prior to final out or immediately upon assignment notification, whichever is earliest. The process involves completing the following forms: AF 1466 (Medical and Educational Clearance), DD Form 2792 (Exceptional Family Member Medical Summary), DD Form 2792-1 (Special Education/Early Intervention Summary-dependents 3 years to 21 years of age), AF 1466-D (Dental Health Summary-spouse and dependents aged 2 and above). All family members must be present for the medical clearance interview.

Once you receive your assignment RIP, report to the overseas clearance office located at the Tri-Care Department in the RAF Lakenheath Hospital Annex. You will be provided with all of the forms and instructions on how the medical review process will be completed.

The gaining base has 10 duty days to complete the review and provide a response. Once our office receives an approved response from the gaining base, you will clear MPF. If the from the gaining base is disapproved due to inability to provide for your families' medical needs, you can appeal the decision or MPF can assist in obtaining another assignment.

OCONUS to CONUS

Generally, overseas clearances are not required for family members PCSing from overseas to stateside (CONUS); however, if your family has a Q-code established (meaning that someone in the family has been identified with special medical or educational needs) or is being Q-coded prior to an assignment, it is mandatory to complete the medical review process 120 days prior to final out or immediately upon assignment notification, whichever is earliest. If your family is Q-coded, report to the overseas clearance office located at the Tri-Care Department in the RAF Lakenheath Hospital Annex. The process involves completing the following forms: AF 1466 (Medical and Educational Clearance), DD Form 2792 (Exceptional Family Member Medical Summary), DD Form 2792-1 (Special Education/Early Intervention Summary-children 3 years to 21 years of age) AF 1466-D (Dental Health Summary-dependents aged 2 and above). All Q-coded family members and/or all family members enrolled in EFMP must be present for the medical clearance interview.

Once you receive your assignment RIP, report to the overseas clearance office located at the Tri-Care Department in the RAF Lakenheath Hospital Annex. You will be provided with all of the forms and instructions on how the medical review process is completed.

The gaining base will have 10 duty days to complete the review and provide a response. Once our office has the approved medical review response from the gaining MTF, you will take the AF Form 1466 to MPF outbound assignments to obtain your orders.

Early Intervention Services

EIS provides specialized services and programs to enhance the development of infants and toddlers when there is a concern about how a child sees, hears, moves, talks, sleeps, eats, plays, or interacts with family and friends. Early Intervention is provided by the Educational & Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) flight at RAF Lakenheath for RAF Mildenhall. In the United States, these services are provided by either state/county programs or school districts as part of the federally mandated and supported Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These programs have various names in the states and may be called "Part C" programs. Services are tailored to the needs of the child and family and are provided in the child's natural environment (home or daycare, for example).

Parents who have questions and/or concerns about their child's development should contact EDIS (located at RAF Lakenheath 011-44-1635-52-8926). A medical referral is not necessary.

Parents of children who already receive Early Intervention services should hand-carry a copy of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and most current evaluation reports to the new location.

Services for Preschool Children with Disabilities (PSCD) is offered for children from three years of age who require special education services due to a developmental delay in language, cognitive, fine/gross motor, and/or emotional/behavioral skills. It is designed to provide early educational intervention. Research indicates that, by providing support and services to children and families in the early stages of identification, (1) the child's development will not be as significantly delayed as it would be if left unattended until school age or older, (2) the stress for the family of having a child with a special need is lessened, and (3) early intervention programs are cost-effective in that the need for services later can be prevented or reduced. Anyone wanting additional information on this program should contact the Case Study Committee (CSC) Coordinator or an administrator at Lakenheath Elementary School (DSN: 226-3721).

DoDEA Special Education

In DoDEA's Community Strategic Plan, the vision statement, the mission statement and the guiding principles each embrace the notion that ALL students will be successful in our schools. Special educators work collaboratively with general educators and share the responsibility for ensuring that students with identified disabilities will meet with success. ALL students can learn when instruction is geared to their strengths and they are given sufficient opportunity to learn.

Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their individual  learning needs. The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents."

In DoDEA, special education and related services are available to eligible students who are 3-21 years old. To be eligible for special education, the following must apply:

  • The child must have an identified disability;
  • The disability must adversely (negatively) affect the child's educational performance; and
  • The child must require a specially designed instructional program.

Special Education with DoDEA


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.

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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