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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 through 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program, or IEP, team or school-based committee that supports students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if 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. 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 IEP, 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 IEP 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 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub – also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources – which has collections of links to serve families and adults with special needs from birth through 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 your local parenting center and more by visiting their website.
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth through 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 it 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.
When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
Early Intervention Services (EIS) from Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) programs were established within the Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfill the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1342.12, Provision of Early Intervention Special Education and Related Services to Eligible DoD Dependents, directs the military medical departments to provide EDIS.
Kadena’s AB EDIS program provides resources for parents and legal guardians that include rights and procedural safeguards afforded to parents and legal guardians who have children under the age three eligible for Early Intervention Services (EIS) from Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS).
PARENTS HAVE RIGHTS
RESOLVING DISAGREEMENTS THROUGH DUE PROCEDURE
EDIS wants to ensure that all parents understand and agree with their child’s services. If you disagree with the identification, evaluation, placement, or provision of appropriate services for your child and your family, you have the right to a timely resolution of your complaints. EDIS offers the following steps to resolve disagreements:
If you want to pursue any of these options to resolve disagreements, the EDIS service coordinator or designee will:
While any of these due process proceedings are taking place, the child and family may continue to receive early intervention services currently being provided. If applying for initial series, the child and family shall receive the early intervention services not under dispute. All documents concerning the dispute will be kept in the EDIS record.
The Kadena staff of EDIS comes from a variety of fields to include: audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, psychology, social work, community health nursing, and early childhood special education. For more information contact Kadena EDIS Program Manager at DSN: 315-634-2474.