Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

An Overview of Special Education

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

An Overview of Special Education

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Learning how to navigate the special education system can be difficult for any family, but it can be an even greater challenge for military families whose educational environments are constantly changing. Military OneSource offers tools and resources to help make things easier for you and your family. Start here to learn about the special education process, including:

* Eligibility * Relevant regulations * Moving * Moving overseas * Graduating or leaving school

Special education is specially designed instruction provided to meet unique needs of children with special needs, ages 3 through 21. Let's take a look at some of the basics.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act assists with early intervention services for eligible children, birth to age 3, and special education services for eligible children, ages 3 to 21, in three specific areas:

* Identification * Evaluation * Delivery

Children qualify for special education based on guidelines set by the state and Department of Defense.


The U.S. Department of Education uses specific regulations that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in public schools in the United States and its territories. States then create guidance to supplement these regulations. You can find state regulations on state education agency websites.

The Department of Defense school system operates under Department of Defense policy as outlined in Department of Defense Instruction 1342. …

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