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Department of the Air Force
1500 Vandenberg Blvd
Little Rock AFB, AR 72099-5288
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.
In local school systems, students with disabilities may be educated in the regular classroom setting with modifications made as necessary. When regular programs cannot be adapted to meet individual needs, special education is viewed as an instructional option that can partially supplant or totally supplant the regular program.
Other services available to eligible students include itinerant instruction for hearing impaired or visually impaired students, interpreter services, brailing, and home-bound instruction for students who are unable to attend school.
For more information, contact the director of special education at the Jacksonville North Pulaski District, (501) 241-2080 or Cabot School District 501-843-3363.
The Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordination Process supports personnel assignments in the Air Force. When families relocate, the process is critical to determine the availability of services for spouses and children with special needs. The process links the services of the Military Personnel Flights, the Medical Treatment Facilities, and the Family Support Centers.
Personnel arriving with a family member that has special medical and/or educational needs should contact the Special Needs Coordinator at the Medical Group or the EFMP-Family Support Coordinator at the Military and Family Readiness Center as soon as possible. These offices will assist them in the Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordinator Process (SNIACP), formally known as the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
The main purpose of the program is to identify family members with special needs prior to reassignment. Enrollment is mandatory into this program. Each case will be handled individually so that all services may be coordinated specifically for their special needs. Little Rock AFB also provides a Special Needs Connection Support Group.