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This section provides links to and summaries of DoD-specific legislation related to the Exceptional Family Member Program, as well as legislation governing the rights of and education of family members with special needs.

Title 10, United States Code (USC) §1781c, "Office of Community Support for Military Families With Special Needs," Jan. 7, 2011 This legislation established the Office of Community Support for Military Families With Special Needs.  The purpose of the office is to enhance and improve DoD support for military families with special medical or educational needs through the development of appropriate policies, dissemination of appropriate information, support for families in obtaining referrals for services and oversight of the activities of the military departments in support of families with special needs. View the Standardizing the Exceptional Family Member Program Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn more.

Title 29, USC, Chapter 16, "Vocational Rehabilitation and Other Rehabilitation," Jan. 7, 2011 This legislation ensures that the federal government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting states and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living. View the Vocational Rehabilitation and Other Rehabilitation Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn more.

Title 42, USC, Chapter 126, "Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities," Feb. 1, 2010  This legislation provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. View the Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilites Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn more.

Public Law (PL) 93-112, "Rehabilitation Act of 1973," §504, April 20, 1973  This act protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.  The non-discrimination requirements of the law apply to employers, organizations (including public and private schools) and facilities that receive federal funding.  It is important to note that for military special needs families living outside the United States and its territories, Section 504 does not apply. DoD facilities and programs overseas are subject to the laws of the host nation. View the Section 504: Eligibility and Employment Provisions Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn more.

PL 101-336, "Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990," July 26, 1990  This act provided wide- ranging legislation intended to make American society more accessible to people with disabilities. The act addresses five areas of discrimination: employment, public services, public accommodations, telecommunications and miscellaneous items including the prohibition of coercing, threatening or retaliating against the disabled or those attempting to aid people with disabilities in asserting their rights afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. View the Americans with Disabilities Act Fact Sheet (PDF) to learn more.

The Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards  These standards are design requirements developed under the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. The act requires that buildings and facilities designed, constructed or altered with federal funds be accessible and provides a definition of "accessible."  

Public Law (PL) 108-446, "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act," December 2004 This act is the federal legislation that guides the provision of early intervention, special education and related services to eligible children with disabilities ages birth through 21. You can learn more by viewing the following fact sheets: Early Intervention Services Fact Sheet (PDF), Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Fact Sheet (PDF), and Special Education Fact Sheet (PDF).


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Sign with the wording Change Ahead. The transition from the world of school to the world of adulthood and work is an exciting time for most families. Families who have children with special needs just have a few extra things to consider. This online learning can help you understand the transition from resources in a school setting to support services provided by public agencies. There is also an accessible online learning version of Post-Secondary Transition as well.

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