Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
The issues facing students with disabilities whose parents are active in the military are complex. The military child moves every 2.9 years and attends 6 to 9 schools by graduation. The military child often suffers from anxiety and depression due to parental deployments, financial and marital stress, and divorce. One-third of children with a deployed parent will experience academic problems during the deployment. Six hundred thousand children are separated from a
Despite frequent moves, the military child is entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). However, the right to a "comparable IEP” when transferring between school districts is not available to the military child who transfers to a DoDEA school, and, as a practical matter, may not be legally available when transferring to a civilian school. (See http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/militarychild.handout.pdf)
Some of the rights and protections under IDEA 2004 differ from the DoD Instructions (DoDI’s). For example, DoDI 1342 provides less rights to a military child who transfers into a DoDEA school than if the child transferred to an adjacent civilian school in the same jurisdiction.
Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals - adjudicates DoDEA due process hearings. DP decisions.
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) – MCEC’s work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
National Military Family Association (NMFA) – Advocate for military families on a variety of topics, including education.
American Bar Association - connects active-duty military personnel and their families (E-6 and below) to free legal assistance for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by a military legal assistance office.
Wrightslaw Department of Defense Page
Military K-12 Partners is a DoDEA Educational Partnership Program. On the front page of their website, they provide links to directories of the School Liaison Officers (SLO) for each branch of the Armed Forces.
Directory of School Liaison Officers
Resources and Documents Relating to Military Families of Students with Disabilities
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2016 Webinar Series 1: IEP's and Their Components, What You Should Know
8/11/2016 » 10/1/2016
2016 Webinar Series 2: Access to FAPE
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2016 New Attorney: Educational Rights Online Training