Department of Defense Education Activity

Special Education

Special Education

Military family in grass with American flagThe NDSP is committed to the provision of appropriate special education and related services for DoD dependents who are space-required and eligible for NDSP. Whether your child is in need of assessment, has an active Individual Education Program (IEP), and/or you are planning a move overseas with a child with special needs, contact your NDSP Education Specialist. NDSP Education Specialists have extensive knowledge and experience in special education and are experienced in navigating special education in NDSP locations around the world.

Availability of Services

Special education services in overseas schools are limited and require advanced approval for reimbursement.  Many NDSP sites do not have adequate special education services in place, and schools are not required to follow the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Child Find Support

Child Find is an ongoing process to actively seek and identify individuals (from birth to age 21, inclusive) who are eligible for special education and related services.  NDSP facilitates provision of services for dependents ages 3-21. If you, your child's school or your child's doctor are concerned with your child's learning and/or development, please contact the NDSP Education Specialist for your region.

For more information, please view the Child Find Brochure and or the Preschool Child Find Brochure

Military One Source-Special Needs

Military One Source provides information and guidance if you have a family member with special needs.

Transitioning with a Special Needs Child

Transitioning with a Special Needs Child - If you are moving to a new location, these documents can help you gather necessary school papers and records to ensure a smooth transition.