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first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat base-and military-sponosred resources are available for service members or family members who are concerned about their special needs child’s development or educational services? Who can they talk to for assistance?Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can take an integral part in supporting families with special needs. Make sure families are aware of and can access free services available to them through laws and insurance. This will reduce the family’s stress and save them money that would otherwise be spent on outside services. It will also help the disabled child achieve a more productive futureOn-Base: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) enrollment is mandatory for all military personnel who have a family member with a medical and/or educational disability. Being enrolled means medical and/or educational needs are considered as a duty station is being selected. To find the EFMP program at your installation, refer to this site.Family Centers such as Airman and Family Readiness Centers, Army Community Services, Fleet and Family Readiness Centers, and Marine Corps Community Services offer a variety of free services.School Liaisons network, educate, and work in partnership with local schools to advise military parents of school-age children on educational issues and needs.Online: Military OneSource has a Military Education Specialist available to assist with issues related to educating children and are focused on children with special needs, ages birth to 21. For more information, refer to Military OneSource.Military Community and Family Policy Office of Special Needs publishes The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs which covers early intervention and school-based services. The 15 states with the highest number of assigned military personnel are profiled in the directory available here.For more detailed information on Early Intervention Services, refer to these websites:to order the Special Needs Parent Toolkit to find a variety articles, links, and tools for families with special needs Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 19, 2013last_img

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