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United States Air Force
General Delivery Office
Building 10437, Elmendorf Post Office
10435 Kuter Ave
JBER, AK 99506
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention or special education services to children and young adults. Early intervention is available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Each installation provides specific resources for these programs and services in local schools or health departments. Before moving, identify programs in your area, be prepared and understand while not all services offered are the same – they are required to be comparable.
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program, if appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of state Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
Anchorage School District (ASD) Special Education
ASD offers a wide range of special education services to students from ages 3 through 21 who experience disabilities. Individual special education programs are cooperatively developed by an individual education planning (IEP) team which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, other specialists. These teams make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible.
Air Force personnel:
Personnel who may be relocating to JBER with an exceptional family member should contact the Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordination Process/ Exceptional Family Medical Program (EFMP) at their local Medical Clinic to ensure special education needs can be accommodated here at JBER or in our community.
For Soldiers coming to Alaska (except AIT and Airborne School), your decision on Commnad Sponsorship is made by the EFMP Office located at Fort Wainwright, Bassett Army Hospital, 907-361-5959.
For Soldiers coming from AIT, Airborne School, or married en route, your decision on Command Sponsorship is made by JBER Hospital, 907-580-4609.
For any other inquiries, please contact Army EFMP at 907-384-0225/6376 located at Building 600 or the Welcome Center.
Special Education Pre-school:
JBER is the host site for Mt Illiamna Special Education Pre-school. The only pre-school program the Anchorage School District offers is through the Special Education Department. The Preschool Special Education Program provides services for children ages 3 to 5 who experience developmental delays or other disabilities. Children can be referred for evaluation by parents and various community agencies at age 2 years 6 months to ensure services by age 3. Children may continue in the program until kindergarten.