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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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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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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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Draw Strength From Family Routines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Routines are important as you stay at home because of coronavirus disease 2019. Here are some tips for maintaining helpful parts of your normal routine and adjusting others.

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Summer Camp Journal

This presentation provides a template, instructions and ideas for children to journal while at summer camp, or any other time.. …
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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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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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Life as a Male Military Spouse

As a male military spouse, you are part of a community that values you.

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EFMP and the Medical Component

Learn about the medical component of EFMP including managing paperwork and keeping up with changes to ensure smooth transitions. Information on organizational tools and other resources is provided.
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Education Special Needs and Early Intervention Services

Get info and resources associated with educational special needs, early intervention services and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including education checklists on the EFMP & Me tool.
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20 MilParent Power Tips to Step Up Your Parenting

Parenting is a perfect example of family readiness and resilience — it’s an “always-on” job. Like a military mission, responsible parenting requires attention, smarts, skills and support. Here are 20 tips to help you step up your parenting and improve your child-rearing skills. Everyone wins with responsible parenting.

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Building a Support System

Navigating military life, particularly with a family member with special needs, can be overwhelming. Learn how to overcome challenges, find and use resources, and make lifelong connections.

Community Capacity Building Courses

Two courses provide program professionals, both civilian and military, with strategies and tools to promote positive change in communities and increase capacity within an organization. The modules outline a set of principles and practices with. …
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Family Fitness With Young Children

As a parent of young children, your time may not always feel like your own. Despite your best efforts to stay on top of your family’s schedule, there’s always another mess to clean or mouth to feed.

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The National Guard Family Program: You and the Community

Community outreach is defined as an endeavor by an organization to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. The National Guard Family Program Community Outreach focuses on connecting Guard families with local, regional and national organizations in support of their everyday lives at home.

Tools For Supporting the Health and Wellness of Those You Lead

As a leader, you can direct your service members to a Military OneSource health and wellness coach to improve their health and well-being. The coaches provide them with information, support, encouragement and accountability so that they can. …
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Advocating for Yourself and Others

Learning to advocate for yourself or others takes time and practice. EFMP experts break down the process into simple steps and share plenty of stories and tips to illustrate how you can become a great advocate.