Celebrate Memorial Day:
Supporting Military Families

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Circulation: 80,508
ISSN: 1538-320

May 25, 2010

There are 100,000 military families with children or other family members who have a disability.

If you are a military family, you know how difficult it is to cope with disruption of routine or environment. Or perhaps you are navigating the special ed maze across six time zones while your spouse is deployed.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, to celebrate Memorial Day, we acknowledge the sacrifices of our military servicemembers and provide information and resources in support of their exceptional families.

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

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Autism Lives Daily in Our House

Shortly before Brian deployed to Fallujah in August 2003, we met with a physician’s assistant who listened to us about our questions regarding Jack’s lack of language.

Going through the referral process was tedious and B was commanding in Fallujah, so communication across six time zones proved challenging.

Nearly one year later, we finally received the diagnosis that I had feared: Jack was autistic.

Leslie Drinkwine, Ph.D., and her family are currently living at Ft. Bragg, NC while her husband, an airborne infantry commander, is deployed in Afghanistan. Read her story Autism Lives Daily in Our House.


SCOR for Children with Special Health Care Needs

New! Special Care Organizational Record (SCOR) for Children with Special Health Care Needs is tailored to the unique needs of a special needs family member. The SCORs are tools for recording and tracking information about a family member’s ongoing support and health needs.


Be a Hero...To a Hero

6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Mr. Markusen's Class at Sheyenne 9th Grade Center in Fargo, ND are the newest members joining the Wrightslaw Team to support our troops. Your letters were sent to the 1-17th Infantry Battalion, 5/2 Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan.

Find what other students have done, see student art work, and learn how you can Be A Hero...To a Hero.


Young Children on the Homefront

For information about the various aspects of a military special education and the unique issues military children face, go to Military and Department of Defense Special Education.

You'll find excellent resources like this Free DVD from Military One Source, Young Children on the Homefront: Family Stories, Family Strengths.


Compact Helps Military Kids in Special Programs Transition to New Schools

Under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, a military child enrolled in special programs, like gifted and talent, can automatically be placed in similar programs in a new school when the family transfers. It recognizes the unique situation of military children who, through no fault of their own, move many times during their school years.


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