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United States Navy
U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo
Sasebo City Japan 857-0056
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 Coordinator DoDDS-Pacific, Area OfficeUnit 35007FPO AP 96373-5007
011-81-98-611-744-5903/5670DSN: 315-6444-5903/5670Fax: 011-81-98-957-4536Email
Japan District Superintendent's OfficeDoDDS Japan DistrictUnit 5072APO AP 96328-5072
DSN: 315-225-3954011-81-425522510 ext .5-3940Email
Due to Sasebo's isolated location, please contact the school prior to your decision to accept orders to Sasebo if any of your children have special education needs.
If you are already enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, potential problems should be discussed with your detailer and the overseas screening representative at your current duty station concerning the limited resources available prior to accepting orders for Sasebo. Details should be kept current of a service member's EFM status. Therefore, your family member's needs should be considered.
At Sasebo schools, Darby Elementary, Sasebo Elementary, and EJ King High, DoDDS provides the following level of services.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Services not available at this location.
Communication/Speech Impaired: Services are available to provide comprehensive speech and language interventions in individual, small group, and/or general education classroom settings.
Emotionally Impaired: Services not available at this location.
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 individualized instruction in the general education classroom with resource room support (up to 50% of the of the day).
Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation): Services are available for children who have mild mental retardation and receive the majority of their instruction in general education classroom (approximately 75% or greater) with resource room support. Independence is stressed with minimal additional supervision or support.
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.