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APO, AP Japan 96343-5006
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention and special education services to eligible children and young adults. Early intervention services, or EIS, are available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Installation EFMP Family Support providers can provide specific information and resources for these services.
All states and territories must provide early intervention services to children who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays, from birth to their third birthday.
Most CONUS locations, local school districts or health departments provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because that is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs has a list of resources specific to each state to help you determine who you should contact. Your installation EFMP Family Support provider can also answer your questions.
If you are moving OCONUS or to a CONUS location with a DODEA school (and you live on installation), your child will receive EIS through the Defense Department’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, program.
When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child's most current individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
All states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21.
When 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. When a child transfers to another state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until an IEP review can determine if a new evaluation or IEP is appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all necessary school and medical documents, including the most current IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school to begin the process as soon as you arrive.
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.