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Department of the Air Force
171 Valiant Street Building 145
GAFB, TX 76908-4402
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.
Please call to verify changes that may have been implemented due COVID-19
San Angelo Independent School District (SAISD)
SAISD provides education of children over age 3, who have a special need, example: those with a hearing impairment, on an established IEP/IFSP, learning disability. When PCS-ing to Goodfellow, carry hard copies of your children's files to include, medical records, shot record, physical, school records and documentation of how the child was tested (results are valid for 3 years from the date of the test), IEP/IFSP, 504 plan, letters or documentation of child's from teachers or counselors.
Parent/guardian should first contact the principal or counselor of the school in which the child will be enrolled. Contact the SAISD at 325-657-4057 for attendance zones. Elementary school offices often close in the summer around June 10th -August 1st, so parents should plan accordingly.
SAISD offers a full and half day Pre-K program for children who are 4 years old on or before September 1st 2015 and MUST meet one of the 6 criteria stated:
Head Start/Early Head Start
Provides free education for eligible pre-school age children, during the school year. There is a special focus on helping children from birth to age five develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Early Head Start/Head Start promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of enrolled children through the provision of educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. There is an emphasis on family service, parent involvement, quality educational services, access to health care and age appropriate screenings, as well as services for children with disabilities. Early Head Start/Head Start parents are highly encouraged to become active participants in their child's learning. Parents are also provided with assistance in making progress towards their own educational, literacy, and employment goals. There is often a wait list for this program.Concho Resource Center
Individuals who are diagnosed with a variety of mental or physical disabilities are eligible. Individuals must be 16 years of age or older, must be self-medicating without supervision and must have the stamina to work a minimum of three hours a day.Services offered include:
Medical Support to Family Member Relocation and Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)-M.
The EFMP-M process is a program specifically designed for active duty families to:
A medical special need means that the family member requires specialized medical care (urology, neurology, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, etc.) for an ongoing, chronic illness.
An educational special need means that a family member requires special educational services in order to progress academically. These services are identified in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan and may include resource rooms, psychological services, occupational or physical therapy, and/or adaptive equipment.
Enrollment is mandatory for all active duty military personnel who have a family member(s) with a special need(s). EFMP personnel can help to ensure needed services will be available, on or off base, prior to a PCS move. They can also help with EFM reassignments and deferments.
The Air Force ensures families with special needs are assigned to locations where required services are available. Family Member Relocation Clearance (FMRC) is a screening process used to identify special needs and determine the availability of services at projected locations. The EFMP process does not affect who is eligible for PCS, TDY, or mobility. Enrollment will continue as long as a special need exists.
Personnel arriving with a Special Needs Family Member should contact the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M) office upon arrival; they are located at the Ross Medical Clinic on Goodfellow AFB. Please call 325-654-4371. For additional information on support services and resources for exceptional family members, please contact the Exceptional Family MemberProgram - Family Support (EFMP-FS) Coordinator by calling (325) 654-3893 or visit the Airman andFamily Readiness Center located in Bldg 145.
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