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Jacksonville, NC 28545
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.
For early intervention assistance, school districts request individuals contact them for specific information. You may obtain additional information by contacting:
National Information Center for Children & Youth with Handicaps at P.O. Box 1492 Washington, D.C. 20010, Telephone 1-800-695-0285.
K-12 Special Education Programs at MCAS New River
Students with disabilities who are eligible for special education receive services outlined in an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed with the school staff, parents, and student when appropriate. Speech, occupational, and physical therapy are provided to students who are eligible for such therapy.
Preschool Special Education:A preschool program is available for three and four year children who have been identified with delays in one or more developmental area. Services are provided by certified preschool special education teachers. Students may receive speech, occupational and/or physical therapy. Speech/language therapy is also available to those three and four year old children who experience speech and/or language delays.
The Marine & Family Service Center at MCAS New River has an Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Coordinator to service special needs families to including educational.