SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES & ADVOCACY

SPECIAL EDUCATION

EFMP Family Support Coordinators and School Liaisons work together to provided special education assistance to our EFMP families. Visit the School Liaison site for comprehensive education resources: You can also contact our School Liaison Program Manager, Ms. Venetia Waters (venetia.waters@us.af.mil or call 813-828-0146), regarding other school districts, home schooling, virtual school, and more!  CLICK HERE to visit her page.

EARLY INTERVENTION RESOURCES

Early intervention is important! Research shows that the first three years of life is a crucial time of development in a child’s life. This time offers a window of opportunity. Children whose special needs are identified and addressed early have a greater chance of reaching their fullest potential. IDEA ensures that children identified with any special educational are entitled to a free and appropriate education.

The earlier a child receives services, the more time there is to influence positive outcomes!! FREE screenings are available to assess vision, hearing, speech, language, behavior, overall development and provide educational support for ages 0-5.

DON’T DELAY!
Call 813-837-7723

MILITARY ONESOURCE - SPECIAL EDUCATION

FLORIDA DIAGNOSTIC & LEARNING RESOURCES SYSTEM

USF EARLY STEPS BAY PROGRAM

CHILD FIND RESOURCES

Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. 813-974-0602 or 1-866-549-1740

Early Childhood Council (Community Developmental Screenings): 813-837-7723

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) partner with ECC to provide free monthly screening for developmental delays or behavioral difficulties to children aged 0-5.  To start your online screening process, schedule an appointment, or learn more about developmental screenings, visit ECC or call 813-837-7723.

EARLY SCREENING CALENDAR DATES 2021-2022 - ENGLISH

EARLY SCREENING CALENDAR DATES 2021-2022 - SPANISH

Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) partner with Florida Department of Education, to provide comprehensive evaluations and interventions at no-cost for school-aged students Pre-K through 12th grade who have complex behavior, developmental, and social/emotional challenges.

Phone: (813) 974-0968

ICEI BROCHURE

ESTABLISHING A NEW IEP OR 504 PLAN

If you’re concerned your child might need an IEP or 504 Plan, the best place to begin is at your child’s school. Hillsborough County Public School site provides the diagram below for this process of initiating communication with for ESE services.

Learning about the world of Exceptional Student Education is crucial. Reach out to us for additional information on trainings, literature, organizational tools, and much more. We have access codes to comprehensive training resources through: DirectSTEP and Special Ed Connection

What if I’m struggling with IEP, 504, or other related challenges?

While EFMP FS (nor SLOs) can attend meeting with families, there are ways we can help!

EFMP FS Coordinators have strong relationships with HCPS ESE connected partners. We can work with any DoD ID cardholder family / any branch of service (stationed at MacDill AFB or living in the local area) to try to resolve situations quickly through our network. In many cases, this offers resolutions parents need.

TRANSFERRING WITH AN IEP OR 504 PLAN

New transfers with IEPs /504 Plans

There are 6 school districts our families can be zoned for when relocating to MacDill. The largest one, and where most of our families go to school at, is the Hillsborough County Public School (HCPS) district.

If your child will be going to school at HCPS and they have an IEP or 504 Plan, please call the CHOICE Line of Hillsborough County at (813) 272-4692 and advise them you’re a military family and need to have the documents reviewed.

They do so as an established partnership with our School Liaison Officer (SLO) and EFMP FS Coordinators, to help military families have an easier transition! They will provide guidance on local schools, services at the schools and any other relevant resources. If you have a complex IEP, they will connect you with the ESE Coordinator that can provide guidance through the process so that the transition is as smooth as possible.

This link provides a brochure of the traditional IEP/504 Plan transfer process and provides additional contacts and insight:

IEP/504 PLAN TRANSFER BROCHURE

HCPS TRANSITION RESOURCES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

You can also contact our School Liaison , Ms. Venetia Waters at venetia.waters@us.af.mil or call (813) 828-0146, regarding other school districts, home schooling, virtual school, and more!  Visit the School Liaison page for more info.

ADVOCACY & SPECIAL EDUCATION

EFMP FS Coordinators help families navigate the challenges related to special education services, educate them to become their own best advocates, and provide targeted information and referrals when needed.

MacDill AFB Legal Office: While base attorneys cannot represent you, they can go over the law with you as related to your case. You can request an appointment on your main line or through their org box.

Call (813) 828-8797 (DSN 968)

Email: 6ARW.ja.generallaw@us.af.mil