U.S. Army Medical Department
The military medical departments provide Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on military installations supported by Department of Defense (DoD) schools.
DoD Instruction 1342.12 provides broad policy for implementing EDIS. The Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Regulation 40-53 (CAC users) provides detailed guidance on how the Army will operate Early Intervention Services (EIS) within EDIS programs.
The Army Medical Department operates EDIS in a variety of locations. There are eight Army installations in the contiguous United States and eight military communities overseas, scattered throughout four countries, that have EDIS programs.
Mission, Vision, & Goals
The MISSION of Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) is to fulfill the requirements of Public Law 102-119, directing the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement the requirements if the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to eligible children of DOD Families is certain locations.
The VISION of EDIS is to provide state of the art support and services to eligible children and Families that maximize children’s potential to learn and to become successful adults.
The GOAL of EDIS is to provide high quality, evidence-based services resulting in positive outcomes for children and Families.
EDIS recognizes the importance of Family in the development of young children. Therefore, EDIS works in partnership with Families providing services that are supportive of parent’s needs and priorities, delivering family-centered services within the family and child’s natural environment.
EDIS knows the first three years of a child’s life are critical years for learning and infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts. Therefore, EDIS helps Families identify and enhance natural learning opportunities for their children.
EDIS respects the relationship-based nature of early intervention and unique demands placed on every Family. Therefore, EDIS assures that each Family has one consistent early interventionist that understands and keeps abreast of the changing interests, strengths and demands in the Family's life. EDIS primary providers bring in other services and supports as needed to support the Family’s achievement of their outcomes.
Early Intervention Services (Birth to Age 3)
Our goal in the Early Intervention Services is to support Families in their efforts to support their children's growth, development, and learning. Families may be eligible for early intervention services if they have a child, age birth to three years, with a documented developmental delay or a diagnosed physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.
EDIS may be accessed in two ways. Referrals can come from medical professionals or Families themselves. Sometimes the signs of developmental delay, or risk factors for delay are apparent at birth or in the early months. These may be identified in the newborn nursery, during well-baby checks, or during routine health care visits. Other times, parents will notice that their child is not developing as expected.
All children who are referred to EDIS must receive a timely response to the referrral to determine eligibility for services.