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

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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

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  • Who are our clients?

  • What are the rules/regulations/laws?

  • How do we work together?

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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.

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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)

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  • What do special education services look like?

    • Eligibility Categories

      • Physical Impairment

      • Emotional Impairment

      • Communication Impairment

      • Learning Impairment

      • Developmental Delay (birth – 7years)

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Special Education to a Parent and Child Could Look Like…

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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…

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Ansbach, Germany


Ansbach ESAutism x

Ansbach HSCommunication Impairment C2

Rainbow ESEmotional Impairment x

Hearing Impaired x

Learning Disability L2

Intellectual Disability x

Developmental Delay P2

Vision Impaired V1

School Note

Preschool at Rainbow ES

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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)

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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

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Helpful Websites

DoDEA Special Education Website:

Or: (DoDEA home site)


Military Homefront

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Any questions?

Thank you…

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