Special Education: DoDEA Publications

The following publications have been developed by DoDEA Headquarters to provide school personnel, parents, and community resource personnel with an overview of special education and related services in DoDEA. Resources that are available include, a handbook for parents, and a series of ten (10) brochures on topics related to special education services. Please feel free to download any document you find useful.

DoDEA Guidelines for Student Support Teams
The DoDEA handbook offers guidance on the development and implementation of Student Support Teams (SST). This handbook is intended to assist administrators and teachers when planning and operating the SST.
 
Inter-Component Operating Procedures for Overseas
Inter-Component Operating Procedures for the Overseas Provision of Medically Related Services and Transition to Preschool Services under the Individuals and with Disabilities Education Act and the Defense Dependents Education Act, as amended.
 
OCONUS Directory
OCONUS Directory is intended to assist the medical and educational assignment coordinators to identify those military communities outside the continental United States (OCONUS) with pre-established programs for children with special education needs. The Directory does not identify pre-established programs or services for special medical needs.
 
Parents Handbook on Special Education
This publication is intended for parents of DoDEA students receiving special education and related services in DoDEA's schools. Hyperlinks are provided for cited references throughout the document. For additional information, please contact your local DoDEA school.
 
Special Education Glossary
An alphabetical list of terms or words found in relating to Special Education.

Special Education "Related Topics" Brochures

These series of brochures cover a range of topics related to special education and related services in DoDEA and Educational Developmental Intervention Service (EDIS). This information may be used by parents, school personnel, and community personnel. Hyperlinks are provided for cited references throughout the documents. For additional information on these topics, please contact your local DoDEA school.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any kind of technology device or service that can enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. It can be anything from a simple, low-tech device, like a magnifying glass, to a complex, high-tech device, such as a computerized communication system. Your child’s Case Study Committee (CSC) will list any requirements for assistive technology in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Communicating Effectively

Communicating Effectively

One of the strongest predictors of success in school for students with disabilities is the active involvement of parents in their education. It is crucial that you build the skills necessary to effectively communicate your child’s educational needs. As the parent, you already understand many of your child’s strengths and challenges. Learning how to be a good communicator will help you establish strong partnerships with the professionals who serve your child in school, and model for your child how to be an effective advocate.
Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services

The Early Intervention program is designed to provide for the special needs of infants and toddlers between birth and 3 years old. It is a family-centered program and focuses on services that address your child’s developmental needs and your family concerns. The program is operated by the military medical branches, and services are provided by an Early Intervention team. The plan developed for a family in this program is called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) defines the specially designed instruction, including related services, required for a student with a disability to succeed in school. An IEP must be written for each student receiving special education and related services. The IEP puts the decisions of the Case Study Committee (CSC) into writing and includes the services and supports your child will receive to achieve the annual goals and objectives determined by the CSC.
Moving, Things to Remember when relocating

Moving, Things to Remember when relocating

If you have a child with a disability, both the military services and DoDEA want to ensure that he or she will receive appropriate special education services following your family’s move to a new location, whether stateside or overseas. This brochure offers several tips to help you as your child changes schools, particularly within DoDEA.
Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Parent Rights and Responsibilities

In planning for the education of your child, you have the right to be heard and respected. These rights do not change when your child needs special education. However, you do have additional rights that help ensure your child’s needs are addressed, and a responsibility to be involved in his or her education planning.
Pre-referral Interventions

Pre-referral Interventions

As a parent, your number one priority is to meet your child’s needs, which includes making sure he or she receives a quality education. But you may not be aware that your child has a disability that is hindering his or her performance in school.
Related Services

Related Services

Related services are services specifically provided to your child for him or her to benefit from special education. These services are important to enhance your child’s ability to learn and function within the classroom setting and are provided by the school or by specialists from other DoD agencies. The need for these services is assessed through an evaluation process and then determined by the Case Study Committee (CSC). A student’s related services are listed in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are provided at no cost to the family.
Resolving Disputes

Resolving Disputes

The special education process can sometimes seem confusing and frustrating for families, especially if it is your first experience with this. DoDEA encourages you to play an active role in the education of your child and to know your rights within the special education process. As an active member of your child’s Case Study Committee (CSC), you have a voice in shaping his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). If at some point you disagree with a recommendation made by a team member, several options exist to help you work effectively with the school to reach a resolution.
Transition, Planning for Life After High School

Transition, Planning for Life After High School

Transition planning for individuals with disabilities is designed to ensure they find meaningful employment and enjoy a satisfying quality of life in adulthood. Formal transition planning may begin when your child turns 14. The Case Study Committee (CSC), including you and your child, will consider your child’s strengths, interests and preferences for the future, and use this information to develop a transition plan that identifies your child’s transition goals and service needs.

Contact Information:

DoDEA Special Education Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400

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