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Educational services provided by medical departments for the Army’s Exceptional Family Member Program were renamed on August 3, 1998, to make it easier for parents of special needs children to locate educational services The new name used to describe the services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS. At Army overseas medical facilities, EDIS replaces exceptional family member departments or exceptional family member services. Where the Department of Defense operates schools for family members at stateside locations, EDIS replaces early intervention services. "The change is important because it helps families locate special services in a Tri-service environment," explained CFSC’s Shirley Brown, Army EFMP manager. "It means easy name recognition throughout DOD for early intervention services for infants and toddlers and medically related services for special education students." Special services include evaluations for children who have suspected developmental delays or disabilities, early intervention for developmentally delayed or disabled infants and toddlers, and delivery of medically related services such as physical and occupational therapy to children who need those interventions to benefit from their special education programs. EDIS is a component of the overall EFMP. Brown said other EFMP activities such as overseas screening, enrollment, and Army Community Service family support are not affected by the name change.


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