An estimated 23,000 military dependents, including children of active duty, reserve and guard families, are affected by autism.
Military life is particularly difficult for children with autism and their families. Given the frequent duty station changes and social turmoil of military service, military children with an autism spectrum disorder often face additional challenges with which their civilian counterparts do not have to contend.
A specific feature of autism is difficulty with life, routine, or environmental changes of any kind. Individuals often need a set routine, stability, and continuity of services and relationships. Military life, by its nature, provides few of these needs.
Autism Speaks supports military families through our Family Services team and its ongoing Advocacy efforts to improve policies and programs supporting military connected families. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org