Memorial Day: Sacrifice, Support &
Exceptional Military Families on the Move

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This Memorial Day weekend, people will gather on lawns and porches, fire up the grill, and enjoy the company of family, friends, and neighbors. But Memorial Day is also a time to reflect on what this holiday really means - and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and their families.

On Memorial Day, we also honor the servicemen and women who cannot be with us because they are standing post far from home. Our military men and women – and the families who love them – embody what is best in America. We have a responsibility to serve and support them as well as they serve us.

Moving and transferring to new schools is emotionally difficult, especially for children with disabilities who receive special education services under an IEP.

The peak season for relocation of military families is May through August. During this time, military children face difficult issues, including transfers in and out of schools, while often dealing with emotions about a parent who is deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan ... again.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate provides information for all families who are moving this summer and additional information for military families who have children with disabilities and are being transferred.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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Support the Troops! Be a Hero...

After our son was deployed to Iraq, we realized how important it is to "support the troops." In 2007, we created the Be a Hero page. Our readers are still sending new ideas and ways to show our support.

We hope you will review the ideas on the Be a Hero page, then take action to support the young men and women who are living in dangerous worlds, far from home. We added a link to a new way to Tell Them Thanks.

You'll also find ways to support the families of those who serve on the Be a Hero page. And please take a moment to say "Thank You!"

"It means the world to us knowing that while we are on the front, America has our back."


Military & DoD Special Education

  • The Exceptional Family Member Program
  • Special Needs Parent Toolkit
  • Relocating and Special Education Records
  • Checklist for Transferring Schools
  • Directory of Special Needs Contacts
  • ...and more


Changing Schools and IEPS

Will you be moving and transferring schools this summer? What will happen to your child's IEP when you change school districts?

Your new school district must provide services that are comparable to the services in the previous IEP. Find out what IDEA 2004 says about transfers in state and out of state ... Read more


Summer Camps for Military Kids & Kids with Special Needs

Operation Purple Camps offer a free week of summer fun for military kids with parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed. Some Operation Purple Camps still have space this summer.

Looking for camps for a child with special educational needs? Need tips for selecting the right camp? Check our Youth Programs and Summer Camps page for links to camp directories for all kids.

Free Pub: Military Students on the Move

Military Students on the Move. This "Toolkit for Military Parents" is one of three Toolkits prepared by the Department of Defense to help parents, installation commanders, and school leaders make the education transition for military children as smooth as possible.

Special Education information is found on p.15 featuring resources including the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids.


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