ELIGIBILITY FOR A SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
DoDDS educates students with disabilities from ages 3-21 in their least restrictive environment. Eligibility for special services can be determined for students with hearing impairments, speech impairments, visual impairments, language impairments, emotional impairments, health impairments and learning impairments.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the law that guides assessment and documentation necessary to determine special education eligibility. Evaluation requires written parental permission.
CASE STUDY COMMITTEE
The Case Study Committee (CSC) consists of parents, administrator, a regular education and special education teacher, and the student as appropriate. The team may also include psychologist, guidance, social worker, reading improvement specialist, occupational, physical or speech language pathologist, or school health personnel. The purpose of the CSC is to determine how best to ensure student success.
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)
IDEA requires an IEP be developed by the CSC. The IEP includes: (1) long range goals; (2) short term objectives; (3) present level of performance; (4) criteria for success; (5) environmental and curricular modifications; (6) related service; and (6) time in program.
IDEA and DoD Instruction 1342-12 ensures parent and student special rights regarding a free, appropriate education. Procedural safeguards assure parents are an integral part of the team that plans any special education program. No decisions can be made about diagnostic testing, placement, or program changes without parent involvement. All special education records are kept confidential.
MEDIATION AND HEARINGS
When disagreements arise between the school and parents about a special education program, a provision is made for holding informal mediation meetings or due process hearings to settle matters in a prompt, fair and impartial way.
Either parents or DoDDS may initiate mediation proceedings when disagreements arise relating to identification, evaluation, or educational placement, or the free appropriate education of a student. Mediation begins with an informal discussion between parents and appropriate school officials on areas of contention.