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 his/her continued progress, there are steps you can take to smooth the transition and continue to support your child’s development.
There is one important factor in your favor. 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).
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.