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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention or special education services to children and young adults. Early intervention is available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Each installation provides specific resources for these programs and services in local schools or health departments. Before moving, identify programs in your area, be prepared and understand while not all services offered are the same – they are required to be comparable.
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program, or IEP, team or school-based committee that supports students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. 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 IEP, 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 IEP 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.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub – also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources – which has collections of links to serve families and adults with special needs from birth through 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 your local parenting center and more by visiting their website.
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth through 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 it 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.
When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
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 Okinawa.
Pacific Area OfficeSpecial Education CoordinatorDoDEA-Pacific, Area OfficeUnit 35007FPO AP 96373-5007
011-81-98-876-0279DSN 315-645-2755Fax: 011-81-98-876-4263Email
Japan District Superintendent's OfficeDoDEA Japan DistrictUnit 5072APO AP 96328-5072
DSN 315-225-3954011-81-425522510 ext .5-3940Email
At Camp Zama schools, Arnn Elementary, Zama Middle, and Zama High, DoDEA provides the following level of services.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): The schools provide direct instruction in the regular classroom or in a resource room. This location would not be appropriate for children with the diagnosis of autism who require individual support or more intensive special education service.
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.
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.
Specific Learning Disability: Services are available to provide the majority of individualized instruction in a resource room setting (75% of the of the day or more).
Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation 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.
Preschool (3-5 years of age): Services are available for children with developmental delays and/or other identified disabilities who require daily or less frequent support in a developmental preschool classroom setting.
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 Note: In this community, services may also vary by school. For example, Arnn Elementary School does not have a full range of services for children with emotional impairments or with intellectual disabilities. 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.