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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:
HOPE Infant Family Support Program: -- San Diego County Office of Education offers Early Intervention Services to children ages 0-3. HOPE is a public school program for special education and offers a broad range of services such as, but not limited to, assessment/ongoing review of child's developmental progress: home visits by instructional staff: consulting services in specialized areas --Nursing, Speech & Language, OT & PT, Vision, and Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Premature Infant Development. Services are provided at no charge. Services are available in English and Spanish.
TASK (Team of Advocates For Special Kids), is a non-profit corporation to which parents of children with disabilities can turn for assistance and support in seeking and obtaining needed early intervention, educational, medical, or therapeutic support services for their children. For the Southern California military representative call 714-533-8275 toll free.
There are no special education facilities aboard MCRD San Diego. Please contact the Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator (619-874-2642) for assistance with regards to referrals, information and program options available in the civilian community.
The California Master Plan for Special Education is implemented in each district through a variety of educational programs for the learning handicapped, communicatively handicapped, physically handicapped, and severely handicapped. Instruction is given according to the needs of the student based on an individualized education plan. Parents participate in planning the specific educational program for their special education child.
In San Diego City Schools, about 10 percent of the total student enrollment (or over 12,000 students), receive some kind of special education services. Handicapping conditions range from the very mild, requiring only the occasional involvement of a resource teacher, to the severely impaired student who needs constant attention and care.
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
An individualized educational program is written for each special education student. The program is developed with the participation of the student's parents or guardian, who must approve the program. All special education teachers must be certified by the State of California for the specific instruction or services they provide to handicapped children.
The Special Education Parent Facilitator Program (SEPF) has been developed by San Diego City Schools to help parents of handicapped children, and facilitators are employed by the District to provide the education. The SEPF Program provides an important link between the home and the school for the purpose of improving services for the child.
A comprehensive range of services is provided for those students who have special needs. Students served vary from those who are minimally handicapped to those who are severely handicapped.
Additional information on San Diego City Schools is available by contacting the SDCS Switchboard: 619-725-8000