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  1. NAVY Exceptional Family Member Program Conference Office of the Secretary of Defense (MC&FP) Ms. Lorie Sebestyen Special Needs Coordinator 16-18 June, 2009 Norfolk, VA

  2. Who are our clients? • What are the rules/regulations/laws? • How do we work together?

  3. DoDEA Today • DoDEA operates 200 public schools in 13 districts in 10 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. • All schools are fully accredited by a U.S. accreditation agency. • Approximately 8,000 teachers serve DoDEA’s 84,000 students. • Approximately 10% of students receive special education services.

  4. What You Need to Know About DoDEA and Special Education • Who are we? Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Headquarters Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) DoDDS-Europe (87 schools-, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal Spain, Turkey) DoDDS-Pacific/ DDESS Guam (45 schools- Guam, Japan, Korean, Okinawa) DDESS (67 schools- Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Cuba)

  5. What do special education services look like? • Eligibility Categories • Physical Impairment • Emotional Impairment • Communication Impairment • Learning Impairment • Developmental Delay (birth – 7years)

  6. Special Education to a Parent and Child Could Look Like…

  7. DoDDS and EFMP- an Active Partnership… • DoDI 1315.19 “Authorizing Special Needs Family Members Travel Overseas at Government Expense,” December 20, 2005 • Goal: Ensure children with special needs receive appropriate educational services following a move overseas • Pinpointing, screening, clearance…

  8. OCONUS Directory…Efficient Use of Resources • Provides information on the location of pre-established programs and staff in each OCONUS military community • DoDDS-special education services • Educational Development Intervention Services (birth-3), early intervention / related services • Listings are by community and school

  9. Identified for pre-existing level of support services in the areas of… • Autism Spectrum Disorder • Communication Impaired • Emotionally Impaired • Hearing Impaired • Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation) • Specific Learning Disability • Preschool • Visually Impaired

  10. Level of services range from consultative needs, to itinerant support, to direct daily support • Levels are One, Two, or Three • Schools located on the same base may not provide the same level of educational support

  11. Ansbach, Germany Schools Services Level Ansbach ES Autism x Ansbach HS Communication Impairment C2 Rainbow ES Emotional Impairment x Hearing Impaired x Learning Disability L2 Intellectual Disability x Developmental Delay P2 Vision Impaired V1 School Note Preschool at Rainbow ES

  12. For example… • Japan • Iwakuni • Perry ES, Perry HS • Autism (not available) • Communication (speech/language, individual/group setting; NOT augmentative communication devices) • Emotional (not available) • Hearing (Itinerant consultation) • Specific Learning Disability (Individualized instruction in general education classroom w/ resource support; NOT majority of time in resource room) • Mental Retardation (Resource room support for students in majority of time in regular education setting; NOT majority of time in resource room) • Preschool (Elem only) • Visually Impaired (Itinerant consultation)

  13. The overseas screening process… • The regulations: 1315.19, 1342.12, and OCONUS Directory • Know what the special education services look like • Ensure all families are enrolled in the overseas screening process • The focus: Providing the necessary services for children with disabilities

  14. Helpful Websites DoDEA Special Education Website: http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/specialEduc.cfm?cType=se Or: www.dodea.edu (DoDEA home site) Or: Military Homefront www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/efm

  15. Any questions? Thank you…