We know how hard you work to provide in-person and virtual training, and information for parents. According to the Center for Parent Information and Resources, Parent Centers achieved more than 1 million contacts, just through trainings and individual assistance. This number is in addition to the millions of website visits and resource dissemination numbers that were accomplished. Most importantly, at least 90% of those surveyed found that programs and services met their needs, helped them understand how to get their child’s needs met, and that they were able to put the information to use.
To reach military families, our article, “Social Media Helps Military Families,” offers insights regarding their highly mobile life. Most active duty personnel, regardless of branch of service, are between 22 and 30 years of age. The volume use of social networking sites by this age group (22-30 years of age) validates what you probably already know- this is an effective way to reach them. This becomes even more relevant for your work on behalf of their child with special needs.
Here are some ideas for connecting with military families, for both in-person and virtual trainings, and for individual assistance.
Contact the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Manager, Support Staff, or Navigator; School Liaison Officer (SLO); or other military-connected personnel to discuss options in providing information to their families.
To locate your State’s military personnel, use our maps! It’s simple, select your State from the map on our homepage, Find Military Locations in Your State and zoom in to select an individual “pushpin” icon to obtain their contact information. Or follow the instructions under the Maps tab on our website.
To learn more about the EFMP Program, you can view information on our website.
The EFMP Manager, Support Staff or Navigator; School Liaison Officer (SLO); or other military connected personnel may be new and may not know that Parent Centers have resources to inform the military families who have children with disabilities and the wide array of information available on a variety of topics. You can offer to present in-person or virtually. They may refer to in-person as an in-seat training. For a virtual training, explore ways to access the online platform their programs use, since it may be more compatible with military email addresses. Marketing any training, as you know well, is essential. As noted, social media is a powerful tool to get the word out from your Parent Center and the installation’s sources. If you would like additional ideas on outreach and dissemination tactics, contact your regional Branch staff member. We would be happy to speak with you.
If you will be providing or co-facilitating with representatives from the military installation in an online or virtual training, do ask for the webinar to be recorded. If you are providing the webinar from your home office or the Parent Center, you may want to use free screen recording options available online. EZ Vid Video Maker, Bandicam, and Tiny Take are some of the FREE screen recorders that you may decide to consider, just to name a few.
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The Branch team is here to help! Contact us if you’d like to discuss these ideas or other training options for installations or military entities in your State.