Sesame Workshop has released a new set of resources, Family
Caregiving, for military and other families dealing with the “new normal”
of caring for an ill or injured family member. Resources are developed from
solid evidence-based research.
Many National Guard families are new veteran families who were recently on full-time active service and may be new to your community and to non-military services for individuals with disabilities
Some National Guard are actually full-time military and move from state-to-state for duty
For many National Guard families, their commitment to the military and its mission is much more than a part-time job. Like active-duty families, they turn mostly to the military for information and support:
The Congressionally Directed
Medical Research Programs (CDMRPs) relies on medical consumers, their families,
and caregivers to provide direction on which research is most likely to benefit
people like themselves. Parent center staff and volunteers, military-connected
family members and civilian family members may be eligible to join review
panels that decide which research on their disease, injury or condition will
get funding from Congress. According to previous participants, it’s an amazing
way to help others in similar situations.
Many parent center staff, even those who often work with
military-connected families, contact the Branch team with questions about how
things work in the military system.
Here are some examples of questions we’ve received—you may
have similar questions. While you are free to contact
us, many answers can be found in the resources on our website, such as the
resources listed below. You can also
find answers by going to branchta.org and entering
the topic in the search area.
K-12 and Post-Secondary
“A military family I’m helping is having
difficulty getting their child’s records transferred-who can they talk to?”
“The new school is insisting the student take an
alternate exit exam due to her disability, which will prevent her from getting
a regular diploma. The family is active duty military—is there anything to
This is an example of a parent center webpage for military families. It covers important state-specific information that military families need.Thank-you to the team at ECAC in North Carolina for providing the examples!
Policies governing special education in North Carolina can be found here.
Because military family viewers may land on this web page first, you may wish to add a similar “blurb” about your parent center on the page, with contact information
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)
ECAC is North Carolina’s Parent Center, serving families with children birth to 26 with disabilities or special health care needs. ECAC helps families navigate special education, know their rights, connect with community resources and find and use their voice.
North Carolina may differ from other states in these areas:
Birth to 3 “Infant-Toddler” program: This is administered by Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA). Many other states call this an Early Intervention program, or may use other names.
Preschool: NC does not provide universal Pre-K. Contact local school district’s Preschool Coordinator once your child turn 2.5 to explore options
Initial Evaluation timeline is 90 days, starting on the day of your written request for an evaluation. By the 90th calendar day, the school must hold an IEP meeting and develop an IEP if the child is eligible.
There is no definite time limit for conducting reevaluations, but they are supposed to be completed in a “timely manner.”
North Carolina use 14 Eligibility categories: the 13 found in federal law plus developmental delay (DD). DD can be used until a child’s 8th birthday under NC
I be sure my child is receiving “comparable services” when we get to North
should I do if I think my child might need special education services? How does
the process work here?
are my rights if I hear my child is receiving interventions through MTSS, and I
want an evaluation by the school?
does reevaluation work when we move from another state?
I need to know about the roles and responsibilities at the state and local
should I talk to if I’m not satisfied with my child’s IEP or his/her progress
in academic or functional areas?
I make sure that my high school child stays on track for graduation even though
some NC requirements are different?
heard, “we don’t do that in North Carolina.” Is this true?
This is where you may want to post the downloadable, “brandable” resource documents provided separately by Branch-MPTAC. Add your logo and contact information, and post on your website’s version of this military family-friendly web page.
You and your family may find these resources useful: