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Need Money for Higher Education?

Don’t think you can afford college? Think again. In addition to military tuition assistance and Department of Veterans Affairs education programs, numerous loans and opportunities are available to help you fund the next step in your education.

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Education Directory for Children With Special Needs

The Education Directory for Children With Special Needs is a Web-based tool that helps military families with special needs make informed decisions about education and early intervention services available on or near installations within the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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An Overview of Special Education

Special education is designed to meet unique needs of children with special needs, ages 3 through 21.

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Moving With an Individualized Education Program

If you have a child with an individualized education program, don’t be nervous about moving schools. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, ensures that all children with special needs have access to a free, appropriate public education and the tools needed to meet their educational goals — no matter where or how often your family moves.

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Special Education Programs and Resources for Military Families

Families with special needs have a wide range of programs and services available for both family members with special needs and their caregivers. Here is a sampling of the various resources and tools available to you through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, or OSEP.

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An Overview of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Every child deserves a quality education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with special needs have access to a “free appropriate public education” and they have the necessary tools to meet their educational goals.

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504 Plan Versus IEP Overview

Both individualized education programs and 504 plans document how children with special needs will reach their education goals. Learn about the differences between IEPs and 504 plans.

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Parent Centers: Connecting Military Families to Resources

Do you need help advocating for your child’s next Individualized Education Program meeting? Are you confused about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act? Perhaps you would like to become a better champion for a child with special needs. Parent Centers may be the resource you have been looking for.

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Students With Special Needs: Transitioning to Adulthood

Exploring options, building a support network and self-advocating are steps students with special needs should take to prepare for their transition to adulthood.

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The Interstate Compact Makes Changing Schools Easier for Military Children

When moving to a new duty station means going to a new state as well as a new school for your kids, rest assured that the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is designed to make the transition smooth.

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Special Needs Consultants: How They Can Help

Special needs consultants through Military OneSource can answer your questions and concerns about the medical care and education of your child or adult family member with special needs.

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5 Steps to Prepare for Higher Education

Perhaps you’ve decided to pick up some new valuable skills. Maybe you’re leaving the service and need to re-create yourself. No matter why you’re pursuing higher education, you need a game plan — a course of action to get you from today to that moment you walk across the stage holding your diploma in hand. Here are some practical steps to take.

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Going Back to School as a Military Spouse

You’ve made the rewarding choice to go back to school. By pursuing your education goals, you can expand your job opportunities and boost your earning power.

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Title V Programs for Children with Special Needs

Every state has services for children with special health care needs. The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, or Title V of the Social Security Act, funds these services.

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Military OneSource Special Needs Consultations

Military OneSource special needs consultants provide enhanced support for military families with special needs. Special needs consultants are available by phone or video to help you navigate the medical and educational needs of your family, and connect you with military and community based support.