Educational Program

Establishing an educational program that best matches your child and ensures a positive academic experience is essential to your child’s meaningful progress in school and future quality of life.

The complexities of military life can exacerbate the challenges associated with establishing and maintaining a child’s educational program. The transitory nature of military service results in family separation and frequent moves, which results in new schools. These circumstances are difficult enough for children who do not have a disability. For a child with autism, transitioning from a familiar school, teacher, and classroom setting to another presents an even greater challenge. While it can be difficult to maintain the integrity of your child’s educational program and secure their continued progress, there are steps you can take to smooth the transition and continue to support your child’s development.

By law, all students, regardless of disability or the professional status of their parents, are entitled to the same legal rights to a free and appropriate education (FAPE). In the following, we will take a look at educational options as they pertain particularly to a student with autism, with a major emphasis on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its protections for children with disabilities.

This section is designed to give you the tools you need to support your child’s education by providing a background on your child’s educational rights and the special education process. It also offers some guidance on how you can work with your child’s teacher and school to create a positive and supportive learning environment for your child.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Learn about the federal laws that entitle you and your child to special educational services. This section provides an overview of legislative history, educational rights, and the process of obtaining an educational evaluation for your child.

Educational Settings

There are many factors you need to consider when determining which schools and educational programs are most appropriate for your child to learn and grow. This section outlines the various types of educational settings that are available, and guides you through the selection process.

Individualized Education Plan

The IEP is an important document that tailors your child’s education to their specific needs. Learn more about the IEP and the collaborative IEP process.



True or false: When children with disabilities move to a school district in a different state, the new school district does not need to provide services that are comparable to the services in the previous IEP. Click here to find the answer.

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