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United States Army
Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness
2140 Liggett Ave, Room 400
Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 98433-9500
Lewis Main (Family Programs)
Family Programs FAX
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.
Under Special Related Services means transportation and developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a student to benefit from special education.
Special Education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of a student with disabilities. It must be provided at no cost to the student or parent.
Every eligible student who has a disability and is in need of special education and related services has the basic right, guaranteed by state and federal law, to a free and appropriate public education designed to meet his or her unique education needs. Services are mandated for all eligible students aged 3 through 21.
Children Enrolled in Private Schools by their Parents
Some children with disabilities are enrolled in private schools by their parents. School districts are not required to pay for the cost of education, including special education and related services, of a child with a disability at a private school or facility if the school district made a free appropriate public education available to the child and the parents chose, instead, to place the child in a private school, or facility. However, the school district will include that child in the group of students who may participate as described in "Limitation on Services."
Limitations on Services
Children who enrolled by their parents in private schools may participate in publicly funded special education and related services. Federal law limits the amount that school districts must spend for these services.
Federal law permits special education and related services to provide at the private school to the extent consistent with state law. Washington law prohibits the provision of services, materials, or equipment of any nature to or on the sites of any private school or agency subject to religious control.
Disagreements between a parent and the school district about the availability of any appropriate program and the question of who pays for it may be settled in a due process hearing.
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