Educational & Development Intervention Services
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About EDIS

Man with little girl fishing.The military medical departments provide Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) External Link, Opens in New Window on military installations supported by Department of Defense (DoD) schools.

DoD Instruction 1342.12 External Link, Opens in New Window provides broad policy for implementing EDIS.  The Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Regulation 40-53 External Link, Opens in New Window (AKO 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 eleven military communities overseas, scattered throughout five countries.

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 who has 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.  All children who are referred to EDIS must receive a timely and an appropriate evaluation to determine eligibility for services.

A family may be referred by the child's primary care physician.  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 and bring their concerns to the physician's attention.  Parents may have heard about EDIS from community agencies or other parents and call the program directly for information.  Some families may be referred to EDIS from their day care provider who notices that the child is not developing like other children their age.  Regardless of how families enter the system, the process of evaluating and supporting families remains the same.

For more information on early intervention services, please use the following link:  Early Intervention Process.