Office of Special Needs Department of Defense Policies

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. Below are the Department of Defense policies that govern the Exceptional Family Member Program.. …
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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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Respite Care Services for Families With Special Needs

Taking care of a family member with special needs can be more than a full-time job. As a parent and/or caregiver, it’s natural to want to give your all to your loved one, but everyone needs a break, whether that’s to go to an appointment, run. …
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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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Help Improve Support for Families with Special Needs

Families with special needs can offer feedback about their recent experiences with the Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support services by using the EFMP Family Support Feedback Tool.

Free Legal Support for Military Families With Special Needs

As a military family with special needs, you may face unique financial, medical and legal challenges caused, in part, by the demands of military service. Fortunately, you do not need to address these burdens alone; free, military department-provided support services exist to help overcome these challenges.

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Child Care Options For Military Families With Special Needs

Finding the right care for your child with special needs starts with asking the right questions. The military offers quality, affordable child care options, both on the installation and off.

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Helping Family Members With Special Needs Meet Their Fitness Goals

Getting in shape, eating better and exercising regularly helps us lower stress, improve self-esteem and our general well-being. Individuals with special needs often share in these same goals and can achieve their health and fitness goals with the help of an adaptive fitness and nutrition plan.