Military & Department of Defense (DOD) Special Education

Military children attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools do NOT have the same rights, protections, equality of opportunity, or access to educational advocates their civilian counterparts enjoy. 

Who has authority over DoDEA?

Military Parents Know Before You Go

  • There are no local school boards

  • The School Advisory Committee has no authority

  • The School Liaison Officer has no authority

  • The Base/Garrison Commander has no authority

  • The Inspector General has no authority

Educational Advocacy Outreach for Military Families

One Step at a Time

Military families stationed abroad represent a vulnerable population in desperate need of Educational Advocacy. With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies to provide resources to overcome barriers unique to their population.  

Educational Advocacy Outreach (EAO) for military families is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Read the articles below. If you feel inspired to take action please contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause; and how you can become an EAO Military Ambassador

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"I would come home and tell my husband ... I must be going crazy because what I was taught ... the laws that I know protect (special education) students are supposed to apply no matter where we are," Camacho said. "But no one seems to be saying anything,"


"If your child is sexually harassed or assaulted at a Department of Defense school, they lack the rights that every public school student has had since 1972."


“Navigating a school system can be challenging for any parent with a child who has special needs, but, for military families, that stress is compounded by their lifestyle of repeated moves and attending different schools that offer varying levels of services.”