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Special Education/EIS

Exceptional Family Member Program  

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is mandatory for all family members who have been identified with a special medical or educational need.  Enrolling in the EFMP ensures that the family member’s medical needs will be considered during the assignment coordination process.

Children from Birth to Three Years of Age 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to age three who are developmentally delayed, or who are at high risk of being developmentally delayed.  Early intervention services may be provided by local school districts or health departments.  There is no common name across States for the programs, but you may hear them referred to as Part C programs (because Part C is the section of the IDEA that pertains to early intervention). 

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of State Part C directors and funded programs at their web site.  Military OneSource can identify local early intervention programs for you.

  • Parents of children who 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.

Children from 3 through 21 Years of Age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and Territories to provide special education services to children who are from 3 through 21 year of age.  Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have a case study committee or school based committee (terms differ) that attends to special education students’ needs. 

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

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a district in the same state, the receiving school must provide comparable services to those in the child's IEP from the sending district's until the new school develops and implements a new IEP.  If a child transfers to another State, the receiving district must provide comparable services to those in the child's IEP from the sending district until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new IEP.

Others who can help you:

Parent Training and Information Centers  Each state is home to at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI).  PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities:  physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning.  They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.  The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers provides addresses and phone number of the centers in your state.  

STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs.  The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

Washington PAVE
STOMP Project
6316 So. 12th St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
253-565-2266 (v/tty)
1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty)
Fax: 253-566-8052
Email

Installation Specific Information

OCONUS to OCONUS

Family members of active duty personnel pcsing from one overseas location to overseas location (OCONUS to OCONUS), must complete an overseas medical clearance 120 days prior to final out or immediately upon assignment notification, which ever 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 - dependants 3 years to 21 years of age), AF 1466DO (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 RAF Lakenheath Hospital Annex, Tri-care department, you will be provided with all of the required 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, the MPF will 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 (identified with special medical or educational needs) established or is being Q-code (identified with special or educational needs) prior to an assignment, it is mandatory to complete the medical review process 120 days prior to final out or immediately upon assignment notification, which ever is earliest. If your family is Q-Coded report to the overseas clearance office located at RAF Lakenheath Hospital Annex, Tri-care department.  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 1466DO (Dental Health Summary - 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 on RAF Lakenheath, hospital annex Tri-care section.  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 and are federally mandated and supported as part of the 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).

Any parent who has 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 and gross motor, and/or emotional/behavioral skills. It is designed to provide early educational intervention. Research supports that by providing support and services to children and families in the early stages of identification that: (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; (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 unique 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, ages 3 through 21 years of age. To be eligible for special education:


Associated Links

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

STOMP
Specialized training for Military parents of special needs family members.

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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