Where to Find More Information DoDEA Special Education Series
The DoDEA Parent’s Guide to Special Education includes a The complete series of brochures and other resources for
list of Internet resources on this topic and many others. The parents of students with disabilities are available on the DoDEA
guide can be downloaded at the Department of Defense special education website at http://dodea.edu/instruction/cur-
Education Agency (DoDEA) Special Education Home Page. riculum/special_ed/index.htm.
Special Education Brochures
Sites Especially for Military Families
For more information about Exceptional Family Member 1. Pre-referral Interventions: Steps Before a Special
Program (EFMP), visit www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/efm Education Referral/Assessment
and click on “EFMP,” speak to a Special Needs Coordinator
at your local military treatment facility, or visit one of the serv- 2. Moving: Things to Remember When Relocating
ice-specific Web sites listed in the “For Information and
Assistance” section. 3. Communicating Effectively: Building a Strong Partnership
Military OneSource - A Master’s-degree consultant is available
to provide help with concerns related to children with special 4. Individualized Education Program (IEP): Your Role in the
needs 24 hours a day. Translation services are available in Process
most languages. Call 1-800-655-4545 (in US and overseas).
http://www.militaryonesource.com 5. Related Services: Understanding the Purpose of these
Systematic Training for Military Parents (STOMP) pro-
vides information, training, and assistance to military families
6. Early Intervention Services: Transitioning to Preschool
who have children with disabilities.
Services for Children with Disabilities
Other Important Sites 7. Transition: Planning for Life After High School
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers - 8. Parent Rights and Responsibilities: Insights into Your
Locator to find state parent training and information centers
and links to scientifically-based research, national informa-
Rights and Responsibilities
tion centers, and IDEA. 9. Resolving Disputes: Your Role in Reaching Resolutions
National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth 10. Assistive Technology: Assessment, Devices, and
with Disabilities - Clearinghouse of information about special
education and specific disabilities, summaries of key topics
Available Services When Relocating
and points of contact in each state.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) -
Portal to resources related to IDEA, the law, national technical
assistance providers, state/ local organizations and agencies,
and the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). a publication of the
U.S. Department of Education - information on special
education, parent involvement, education research, laws and
Non-DoD informational references are being provided as Education Directorate/Student Services Branch
required by IDEA but their inclusion in this material does not 4040 North Fairfax Drive
constitute any endorsement by DoDEA. Arlington, VA 22203-1635
Moving Things to Remember When Relocating
DoDEA Support ___ Contact your local Exceptional Family Arriving at Your New Duty
If you have a child with a disability, both the Member Program (EFMP) representative to Station
military services and DoDEA want to ensure that ensure that your coding is accurate. NOTE:
Be sure to follow this checklist when you
he or she will receive appropriate special educa- As soon as you know that you will have a
arrive at your new duty station to ensure your
tion services following your family’s move to a new overseas assignment (or a follow on
child receives the services he or she needs:
new location, whether stateside or overseas. This overseas assignment), contact your local
brochure offers several tips to help you as your Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
• Take the educational information (includ-
child changes schools, particularly within DoDEA. coordinator to enroll or to update enrollment
ing your child’s IEP) and immunization
information. If you are moving overseas, your
records with you when you enroll your
local stateside EFMP will also help coordi-
Preparing for a Move nate medical and educational screenings
child in the local school.
• Be sure to notify the new school that
As soon as you know that you may have which are mandatory.
your child has special needs and sign the
another assignment you will want to start updat-
appropriate releases so the new school
ing and organizing your files. You can begin by Leaving Your Duty Station can request official copies of your child’s
using the following checklist at least 30 days prior
As you leave your duty station, be sure to records.
to your port call:
take any special equipment, medication, refills, • Request copies of any publications about
and supplies (e.g., hearing aid batteries), which the school’s special education services.
___ Request a copy of your child’s complete
your child may need in the next month or two. Also, obtain any information about your
educational records, including a copy of
In addition, you should hand-carry all the rights.
your child’s latest Individualized Education
Program (IEP) or Individual Family Service information about your child’s education program
to the next duty station. At a minimum, hand-carry Both in DoDEA and stateside public
a copy of the current IEP or IFSP. schools, parents are encouraged to play an
___ Request a copy of all assessment information
Non-DoDEA schools may have different active role in their child’s special education
used by the school to plan for your child’s
policies or procedures that guide the operation of program. At the new school, your permission will
their special education program. Do not expect to be sought prior to any changes in your child’s
___ Obtain copies of pertinent medical records
use the same forms and procedures that were program. Some schools may ask for your
(both private and military).
used in DoDEA. You should also know that some permission for additional assessment in order to
___ Meet with your child’s teacher and review the
services may not look the same either. By fully determine eligibility using their criteria. You can
progress your child has made since the last
understanding what services your child is expect to participate in an annual review of your
IEP was developed. An alternative is to
receiving and becoming familiar with the local child’s IEP/IFSP and in other meetings to ensure
request written progress reports from your
programs/services, you can be a better advocate a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
child’s service providers.
for your child . for your child. Contact the special education
___ Gather information about adaptive equipment
If your family members have any special representatives at your child’s new school for
used by your child, such as wheelchairs,
medical or educational needs, contact the local additional information on your rights as a parent.
hearing aids, braces, walkers, etc.
___ Gather information about assistive technology EMFP or family support representative to request
used by your child, such as communication information about available community support
systems, hardware modifications, enlarged services.
materials, scanners, auditory trainers, etc.