Current as of Sept 30, 2020
As a military parent with a child or children with special needs, you may now face additional challenges due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Your daily routines have changed. Your responsibilities have increased. This can be stressful and feel overwhelming.
If you are feeling isolated, stressed and anxious, even small things can help. Take advantage of resources for information, comfort and ideas on resiliency, self-care and more.
The Department of Defense is committed to supporting military parents of children with special needs. Here are a few resources, tools and articles for you and your child as you cope with COVID-19 changes.
- Department of Education Q&As. Information on services provided to children with disabilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.
- The Center for Parent Information & Resources. This site includes a locator for DOE-sponsored Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers across the nation. These parent centers serve families of children with disabilities.
- EFMP & Me. Explore the wide range of services and supports using this personalized tool as your guide. Online, 24/7.
- Recommended Wellness Apps. Practice mindfulness, manage stress, strengthen your relationships and more. Find Department of Defense-recommended apps for both children and adults.
- Top 10 Ways to Practice Resilience Skills During Challenging Times
- Try These Home-Schooling Tips, Resources
One day this pandemic will be behind us. Until then, don’t forget that installation EFMP Family Support and EFMP Resources, Options and Consultations special needs consultants are ready to support you. Special needs consultations are available via phone or video session. Military families can make an appointment 24/7 with live chat or by calling 800-342-9647.
Stay up to date on all the latest information on COVID-19. For Department of Defense updates for the military community regarding the virus that causes COVID-19, view the following sites:
- Visit Coronavirus.gov, CDC.gov, USA.gov and Defense.gov.
- Follow Military OneSource’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.
- Continue to visit the Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community page.
- Check Move.mil for PCS-related updates.
Department of Education Q&As on providing services to children with disabilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.
This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children. During an outbreak of COVID-19, local educational agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service (EIS) programs will need to collaborate with their state educational agency (SEA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), or local public health department, as appropriate, to address questions about how, what, and when services should be provided to children with disabilities. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This Q & A document does not impose any additional requirements beyond those included in applicable law and regulations. The responses presented in this document generally constitute informal guidance representing the interpretation of the department of the applicable statutory or regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented here and are not legally binding. The Q & As in this document are not intended to be a replacement for careful study of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), and their implementing regulations. The IDEA, its implementing regulations, and other important documents related to the IDEA can be found at http://sites.ed.gov/idea. For more information on the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, and their implementing regulations, consult https://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disabilityoverview.html.
Section A: Implementing Part B of the IDEA and Section 504 during a COVID-19 outbreak
IDEA Part C and COVID-19