Celebrate Month of the Military Family

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Military families can face enormous challenges in obtaining appropriate special education, treatment, and support services if they have children with special needs.This week we acknowledge those challenges and recognize the extraordinary contributions and daily sacrifices of all military families.

"No one pays a higher price for our freedom than members of our Nation's military and their families. During Military Family Month, we honor the families of our Armed Forces and thank them for their dedication to our country." - Presidential proclamation of Military Family Month 2009

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we say thank you to military family members for all that you do and all that you give. You will find information and resources to help you when advocating for exceptional family members, and many ways for everyone to say "thank you" to our troops.  

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

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Ensuring FAPE for Military Children

Military parents who have children with special needs face unique problems. Ensuring their children receive the education they are entitled to by law is sometimes difficult. Although military children may not be educated in the U.S., they are still entitled to a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

On the Military Families and DoD Education page you'll find information and articles, caselaw, and resources for military families who have exceptional members.

Health and Special Education Services for Military Children with Autism


DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit for Military Families

Free Pub! The Special Needs Parent Toolkit from Military HOMEFRONT has comprehensive information and tools designed to help military families with exceptional children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, and benefits and entitlements.

This Toolkit (free download) includes information and resources from Wrightslaw.


An Exceptional Guard Family

Jackie Igafo-Te'o is the Co-founder and Director of Information Technology & Information Systems for Bridges4Kids, a comprehensive system of support on the web providing parents, educators, and others the information they need to help children who might be at-risk or have special needs.

Jackie earned 'Outstanding Center of Influence' military honors two years in a row for her volunteer work on TroopUpdate.com.

Jackie lives in Michigan with her husband (a soldier in the Michigan Army National Guard) and their three children.  Their oldest child is a star math pupil who happens to have ADHD. He wrote a book about his life and how he deals with ADHD, There's So Much More to Me Than My ADHD.

Their second child is an artist. He was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3, Impulse Control Disorder at age 9, and bipolar disorder at age 11.

Their youngest child wrote a book, My Brother Has Autism (with some help from her mom), to express her feelings about being a sibling. Her book was illustrated by her brother who has Autism.


Thank You for Supporting Our Troops

Children in school receive help from many people every day - bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers - and they appreciate it when you say "thank you." As our troops help children in Iraq and Afghanistan, find out what kids can do to support these troops. Teachers and Kids Can Help.

The Wrightslaw Team says a special "thank you" to:

  • Ms. Mayfield's fourth grade class, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Girl Scout Troop 5118, Deerwood Elementary School, Eagan, MN
  • The Perry Family, Ladera Ranch, CA

Your great letters were sent to soldiers in the 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1-17th IN BN in Afghanistan.

Find out how you can say "thank you" at Be a Hero...To a Hero.

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