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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.
As a condition of funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Wisconsin educational agencies are required to establish written policies and procedures for the implementation of state and federal education requirements. The state special education statutes, subchapter V, chapter 115, Wisconsin Statutes, incorporate the statutory provisions of Part B of the IDEA. Local educational agencies in Wisconsin must comply with IDEA's regulations.
Per subchapter V, chapter 115, Wisconsin Statutes, a "child with a disability" may, at the discretion of the local educational agency and consistent with department rules, include a child who, by reason of his or her significant developmental delay, needs special education and related services. Related services means transportation and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, including speech-language pathology and audiology services; psychological services; physical and occupational therapy; recreation, including therapeutic recreation; social work services; counseling services, including rehabilitative counseling; orientation and mobility services; medical services for diagnostic and evaluative purposes only; and the early identification and assessment of disabling conditions in children. For more information, please contact each specific school district Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) special education point of contact.
Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) is a military medical department program for children from birth through 2 years of age who are developmentally delayed.
Federal Law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Regulation: DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents," June 17, 2015.
In the United States, EDIS operates only on military installations that have a DDESS school. EDIS provides services only to families who live on the installation. If a family lives off the installation, the children would receive early intervention from the local county program.
In overseas locations, EDIS operates where there is a DoDDS school. Whether a family lives on or off the installation, the child can still receive EDIS services.
Overseas, the ASD for Health Affairs has assigned each of the Military Services a geographic area of responsibility for EDIS. For example, the Navy serves all of Okinawa and mainland Japan, whether it is a Navy installation or not.
In some areas, one EDIS serves two or more communities.E.g., Quantico serves Quantico and Dahlgren