Program Overview

Public Law 102-119 directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide services to eligible children in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) was established to implement specific portions of IDEA. It delivers Early Intervention Services (EIS) to eligible infants and toddlers in domestic and overseas areas, and Related Services (RS) to school age children in special education programs in DoD schools overseas. DoD Instruction 1342.12 provides guidance on the implementation of these services in overseas areas.

Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) conducts observations, screenings, multidisciplinary evaluations, and treatment services. For children ages birth to 3, EIS assists families in developing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for their children who qualify. For children ages 3 to 21, RS works with the DoDD Schools and families in developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children who qualify for Special Education Services.

EDIS providers specialize in a variety of fields to include: Early Childhood Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology.