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General special needs tools

EFMP Family Support Reference Guide The DoD, in close collaboration with the services, has created the installation EFMP Family Support Reference Guide. The guide's objective is to provide a clear understanding of the EFMP services that provide assistance to military families with special needs.

EFMP Family Support Reference Guide (Binder cover) This binder cover is to be used in conjunction with the Exceptional Family Support Resource Guide when printed.

Special Needs Parent Tool Kit -Birth to 18 This tool kit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and entitlements. The tool kit is broken down into six colorful modules that can be easily downloaded and printed.

Guide for Adults with Special Needs This guide provides information and resources to address a wide range of topics related to the concerns of adults with special needs, whether they are adult children or adults diagnosed with a condition or disability.

DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit Facilitator's Guide The Facilitator's Guide is an effective and comprehensive tool for service providers to use to teach each of the major topics contained in the DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit.

EFMP forms

DD Form 2792, "Family Member Medical Summary," April 2011 This form is used to document a family member's special medical needs and for enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program. This information assists military assignment personnel in matching the family member's special medical needs against the availability of medical services at the projected duty station.

DD FORM 2792-1, "Special Education/Early Intervention Summary," April 2011 This form is used to document the special education needs of a child with a disability (birth through 21) and for enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program. This information will assist military assignment personnel in matching the child's special education needs against the availability of educational services at the projected duty station.

Service locators

Eldercare Locator A public service of the United States Administration on Aging, the Eldercare Locator connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

Social Security Office Locator Provided by the Social Security Administration, this locator provides contact information, office hours, maps and driving directions for local Social Security offices, as well as links to other local agencies that can assist individuals with welfare, housing, meal assistance and other support services.

Benefits eligibility checklists

The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool Provided by the Social Security Administration, BEST is a tool to determine whether an individual could be eligible for benefits from any of the programs Social Security administers. This tool provides eligibility information based on answers given to the questions on the site.

Benefits.gov Benefits.gov provides citizens with easy online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.

Education directories

The DoD Directory of Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in outside the continental United States Communities The military medical departments, through their educational and developmental intervention services, provide early intervention services and related services in outside the continental United States locations where the Department of Defense school is responsible for educational services. The OCONUS directory is intended to assist the medical and educational assignment coordinators in identifying those military communities in OCONUS locations with pre-established programs or services for children with special needs. The directory does not identify pre-established programs or services for special medical needs.

Education Directory for Children With Special Needs - This DoD directory provides useful information for military families about national and local resources for early intervention (infant and toddlers) and special education (school-aged children) services. The directory provides suggestions and resources to assist families during the educational transition of their child with a disability and provides a profile of and contact information for early intervention agencies and school districts that serve military installations.

Special Care Organizational Records

Special Care Organizational Record for Children with Special Health Care Needs This record is designed as an organizing tool for parents of children with special health care needs. It is intended to help track and organize a child's information to make it easier for someone else to care for the child in the parents' absence.

Special Care Organization Record for Adults with Special Health Care Needs This record is specifically designed as an organizing tool for families with an adult member with special health care needs. This includes spouses and adult children with special health care needs, as well as any other adult dependent family member.

Special Care Organization Record for Eldercare This record is designed to facilitate the care of older family members. It is intended to provide a central location for keeping and tracking older family members' records and other pertinent information.

Websites

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS This site is a resource that provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Family Support Centers located on military installations, both in the continental United States and overseas, provide a wide variety of support services for families with special needs members, including enrollment and support for those already enrolled in the EFMP. Contact information for installation services can be found under the program/services titled "Educational and Developmental Intervention Services," "Enrollment/EFMP," "Exceptional Family Member Program/Special Needs" and "Family Support/EFMP."


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