The Exceptional Advocate

A newsletter for military families with special needs

April 2017
Awareness Spotlight

April Is Month of the Military Child

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April is Month of the Military Child, when we celebrate the sacrifice and service of military children and honor their courage and strength. To support military children – including those with special needs – Military OneSource highlights some programs.

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MilParent Power for Families with Special Needs

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The military community is also a parenting community. Knowing when to ask for support, and making a few small changes in your daily routine can help power up your parenting.

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Standardizing the Exceptional Family Member Program

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With standardization, the Exceptional Family Member Program is becoming more efficient, uniform and better able to serve families with special needs.

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National Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. Some 3.5 million Americans live with autism, and tens of thousands receive an autism diagnosis each year. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability that affects a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. Find out more information about autism, next steps after a diagnosis and how you can get involved in the autism community.

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IFSP and IEP: What They Mean to You and Your Child

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IFSPs and IEPs may sound a bit like alphabet soup, but parents of children with special needs understand they can help meet the needs of children with disabilities. Learn what they are and how they are used at home and in school. (IFSP/IEP information)

For Service Providers
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Upcoming Military Families Learning Network Webinars

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Tune into MFLN's upcoming webinar to learn more about caregiving, a topic that addresses important needs of service providers. The Caregiver in the Room: Considerations for Providers Working with Families is scheduled for April 26 at 11:00 am EDT.

Save the date - May 15 - 18, 2017 - Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

Save the date - May 15 - 18, 2017 - Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program will hold its first Virtual Military Spouse Symposium May 15-18, featuring innovative speakers and offering 20 interactive sessions to help you on your career journey. Check for registration details here.

Moving Made Easier

Ease your child's transition to a new school; explore the Education Directory for Children With Special Needs.

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National Park Week begins April 15. Enjoy an adventurous hike or a leisurely stroll in a national park.

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Start Planning for Summer

Military OneSource offers ideas for a happy and healthy summer vacation for your child with special needs.

From Military OneSource

Child care providers of children with special needs are not all equal. Ask the right questions to find the best fit.

EFMP Resources

Download more than 30 fact sheets from the Exceptional Family Member Program. Check out these free resources

Purple Up!

April is Month of the Military Child. Support military children for their service and sacrifice; wear purple on April 21.


Find programs and services at your local installation.

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