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Transitioning to an Overseas Assignment with a Child with Special Needs


Every year, hundreds of U.S. families with special-needs children have to make career-related decisions about whether to go overseas and if so, where. The brochure, Transitioning to an Overseas Assignment with a Special Needs Child (PDF file or text document), is designed to help families think through such decisions and to facilitate their children's transition to the most appropriate school setting possible.  Families will find additional information in Publications on Special Needs and Internet Resources.

U.S. Government families will find additional information in:

Hard copies are available by e-mailing

The brochure was developed by the Office of Overseas Schools and its Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth, whose support, guidance and wisdom has helped increase services to children with special needs in international schools. It was developed in close collaboration with the Office of Allowances, Employee Consultation Services (now Child and Family Program), and the Family Liaison Office.

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