Exceptional Family Members

The National Military Families Association strives to educate military families about their rights and about benefits and services available to them. The association also provides military families with information on a wide range of issues affecting their lives. The website has information on children and deployment and has a section on family life, with information on child care, spouse employment and adoption. Operation Purple Camp Experience, which the association sponsors, is a free, week-long summer camp program offered at over 60 locations to support military children who have a deployed parent.

Child Care Aware  Child Care Aware has partnered with the military services to assist military families with children with special needs by providing respite care, so that the spouse or service member can leave the house, go to an appointment or just rest. The website provides parent and provider applications and more information about the program, including eligibility requirements.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources serves as the central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; laws authorizing special education; and research-based information on effective educational practices related to children with disabilities. The website provides information on a number of topics through an easy-to-navigate A-Z topic listing and also provides links to publications and resources.