The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

June 2016

Find a Center for Your Family

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Parent Training and Information Centers around the country assist military families with special needs. Hear from an assistant director at the nationally focused Military Parent Technical Assistance Center about how they help families obtain the right support and services.

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At Your Service

Stuttgart Has a Tradition of Support

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Stuttgart, Germany is an ocean away from the United States, but service members and families who move there find a close-knit military community and Exceptional Family Member Program waiting on the other side. Pore over some maps, practice your German and make room in your moving boxes for your soccer ball.

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Awareness Spotlight

Safely Get Rid of Unused Drugs

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Medications that have expired or are no longer wanted or needed shouldn't be left in your house or just thrown away. Learn how to safely dispose of prescription drugs by following these easy steps to protect your family and the environment.

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Recommended Resources

Special Needs Products Page

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Military OneSource has products for all service members and their families. Get the latest products for families with special needs all on one page, including the recently updated Exceptional Family Member Program fact sheets, which cover subjects from adaptive equipment to vocational rehabilitation.

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Great Places for Inclusive Fun

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Find fun or fitness this summer for all members of your family — including those with special needs. Contact your installation's Morale, Welfare and Recreation or Exceptional Family Member Program for ideas and information for recreation on and off your installation.

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Wanted: A House to Call Home

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An accessible home is one in which you can do what you need to do as independently as possible. House hunt with confidence this summer knowing what builders and property owners must provide or allow in houses for people with disabilities, including military housing.

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Get the Facts: Zika Virus and Your Travel

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Mosquitos can carry viruses, such as Zika — always a good reason to watch out for those pesky bugs. Don't cancel your travel plans before you have all the facts. Learn about the virus and get the latest updates to protect your family whether traveling nearby or abroad.

For Service Providers
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Online Learning and Videos

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Learn more about available resources for your family with special needs through Military OneSource online learning and videos. Go down the "A to Z" list to find what you need to know more about, from early intervention services to special needs trusts.

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Farewell, Exceptional Family Member Program mobile. You can access all resources on Military OneSource.

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What You're Saying

What You're Saying

"Desperate, I didn't have anybody to turn to. I decided to give you guys a try; now I realize your program is the best!"

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Preparing for Your Move

See what to do before and after arriving at your new station, all on this fact sheet.

The Right Kind of Care

Research child care options for your child with special needs and find the setting that most appeals to you.

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Consultants Standing By

Did You Know?

Moving? A specialty consultant can help you coordinate care, transition services and more!

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Learn As You Go

Let the Education Directory help you research that great new school for your child and set him or her up for success.


Get Sesame Street's new resource to help your family with little ones head out of the military and into civilian life.

You Are Here

Explore your new installation and Exceptional Family Member Program before you PCS.


Find programs and services at your local installation.

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