University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs
Parent centers already refer families to UCEDDs and LEND programs or otherwise have relationships with them, serving on advisory boards and collaborating on partnerships. Here are three reasons for specifically informing military families about these programs and suggestions for outreach:
Medicaid waivers, respite care-and IEPS! Learn how the military healthcare system interacts with civilian healthcare and what military parents need to know about TRICARE services and Special Education.
These quick modules are perfect for individual staff self-directed learning, on-boarding new staff (see Easy Branch Orientation and Guide to Staff Training for suggested order), or as a webinar for a group. A script is included via the “Notes” page view, supplementing the slide text and images with additional information. We’ve included a link to a quick learning quiz at the end of the module, covering key points. Staff get instant feedback at the end of the quiz; they can review the module and take the quiz as many times as they wish to solidify their learning.
TRICARE-Healthcare for Military Families
By the end of this e-learning module, you’ll have found out why it’s important to know about this military healthcare program and learned how TRICARE benefits may affect or support special education services.
This module is a basic introduction to two important military benefits for families you help. You will understand what benefits are available, who is eligible, and the distinction between these benefits and school services under IDEA.
By the end of this e-learning module, you’ll be familiar with mental health resources available for active duty, reserve, and veteran military children and youth. You will earn about programs and apps military parents can use to reduce stressors for military kids and teens. At the end of the module are several slides with links to relevant articles, and military and national organizations that provide mental health services for military-connected families. There is also a link to a printable handout for all the resources.
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
All of the apps were created for military connected professionals, service members, or their families- they can also be useful for you. These apps can assist with stress and anxiety and provide ways to cope and relax: areas of expertise the military is keenly aware are needed for service members and their families. Check out our latest finds:PTSD Family Coach (from US Department of Veterans Affairs) and Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame (from Sesame Workshop).
PTSD Family Coach is for families living with PTSD, helps the individual(s) affected in their relationships with other family members including children, and has lots of information specific to veteran and active duty military families. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is for younger children, and is designed to help children learn to take time to Breath and Think as they deal with challenging situations or solve problems. Continue reading “10 Free Apps for Your Work With Military Families!”