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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.
Special education classes are held in all public schools for children with learning disabilities. For those children with more severe handicaps (including mental retardation and physical handicaps) classes are held at Long Early Learning Center. Contact the Special Education Office for additional information concerning available programs and to discuss your child's needs.
Military members with an exceptional family member are required to enroll in the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M). Personnel arriving with an exceptional family member should contact the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M) office. The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Med Group across from Immunizations, and can be reached at 325-696-1194 or 325-696-8146.
The EFMP-M is designed to provide assistance to the children and adult dependents of eligible military personnel. These are individual cases and should be referred to EFMP-M so that all services and education may be coordinated with the Exceptional Family Member Program-Assignments (EFMP-A), the Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support (EFMP-FS), the School Liaison Officer (SLO), and local schools and medical facilities for the inbound personnel.
Dependents who are emotionally, physically, mentally challenged are provided treatment under this program. This assistance may be in the line of counseling, special medical or educational assistance, referrals to on- and off-base resources, and financial assistance.