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Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Children from birth to 3 years of age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have or are at risk for having developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called by different names in different areas, but it is often called Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Centerprovides a list of state Part C directors and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area.

When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child’s individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.

Children between 3 and 21 years of age

The IDEA requires all states and territories provide special education services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until the new school develops and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program.

If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.

Other resources

Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies, and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.

Installation Specific Information

Personnel assigned to Offutt AFB with an exceptional family member are mandated to contact the Special Needs Identification section of the Offutt Mental Health Office. In addition, EFMP families should contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center for support, information, and referrals to agencies which can assist new families with needed services.

Special Needs Identification and Assignment Coordination (SNIAC)

The spirit and intent of the SNIAC process is to ensure military sponsors are assigned to locations where family member’s special medical, mental health, or educational needs can be met, helping the Air Force member maintain a world-wide assignment status.

A special needs family member is limited to the active duty member’s spouse, child, or other military recognized dependent with special medical, mental health, or educational needs requiring specialized care.

Installation Helping Agencies and Programs

Give Parents a Break (GPAB) — Funded by the Air Force Aid Society for families who are experiencing stress due to a spouse TDY, remote tour, having a child with special needs and challenging circumstances of health and well being. The Child Development Center provides care for children from 1-12 years of age. Reservations and a certificate are required to take advantage of GPAB. Certificates can be issued by the Airman and Family Readiness Center, First Sergeants, medical providers and the Child Development Center.

Respite Care — A “gift of time” for families who provide care for a medically fragile family member. Families are referred for respite care on a needs-based system and are initiated through the SNIAC process and Family Advocacy.

Offutt Airman and Family Readiness Center — The A&FRC’s primary focus is to support readiness by helping families and single military members adapt to the demands of Air Force life. Through information and referral the A&FRC can assist with providing resources for couple and family counseling, parenting concerns, work-related issues and more.

Local Community Information

The Special Education Program in all Nebraska school districts is designed to enable the handicapped student to achieve his fullest potential. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for each student who enters the program. All rules and regulations pertaining to Public Law 94-142 are adhered to.

If your child has been certified as legally handicapped, gather all paper reports (make copies) that have pertinent information (IEPs) about your child. This will speed up the placement process when taken the school district office where you decide to live.

If your child has not been certified, but you suspect that your child will be in need of special services, ask the district to help you get a diagnosis for your child. The districts’ offices are open throughout the summer.

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