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Fort Buchanan Puerto Rico 00934
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 to provide to the new school.
DoDEA Puerto Rico DistrictSuperintendent's OfficeInstructional Systems SpecialistPupil Personnel Services Coordinator218 Brooks StreetBuilding 566Fort Buchanan, PR 00734
Services are provided to students with all types and levels of disabilities within a variety of settings. Due to the small nature of the school system and geographical location, there may be some specialized services for students that may be contracted to the local public school or another agency. There has been difficulty at times finding some specific services, such as a vision specialist, to provide services in this area.
Four Year Old Preschool Program: Antilles Elementary School also provides a universal four year old preschool program for all children who meet the housing requirement for attending the school and who are four years old by October 16th of the current school year. This is a half-day preschool program provided at no cost to the parents.
If you have a child who requires a specialized service and/or equipment (for example large print books, an FM trainer or Braille services), it is recommended that you call the District Superintendent’s Office (787) 707-4631 to obtain specific information about services and to help facilitate a smooth transition to the Antilles Complex Schools.
School Age Children (3-21 years)
DoDEA provides special education to school aged children with a disability. In some locations, DoDEA has an agreement with the local community school districts to provide special education services.
The Antilles School Complex (Antilles Elementary, Antilles Intermediate, Antilles Middle, Antilles High, and Ramey Elementary/High Schools) provides special education to children from 3 through 21 years of age who meet the housing eligibility requirements for attending a stateside DoDEA school and meet the Department of Defense criteria for special education services.