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Department of the Air Force
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Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
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.
We also encourage families to contact the EFMP Information and Referral point of contact at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) for base and local area resources and services. Programs that may be accessed through the A&FRC include parent workshops, an annual Special Needs Information and Activity Fair, a comprehensive lending library, and referral to the Air Force Aid Society's Respite Care program.
Massachusetts provides excellent services for children and adults with special needs. For special education information, parents may download the publication A Parent's Guide to Special Education from the Massachusetts Department of Education. The state Parent Training and Information Center is the Federation for Children With Special Needs, 617-236-7210 or (800)331-0688 (in MA). For information on opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion, visit the state agency's website at Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, or call (617)727-5608.
Personnel arriving with an exceptional family member should contact the Special Needs Identification Program (SNI), formerly called the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) office upon arrival. Military members with an exceptional family member are required to enroll in the SNI.