“As a Marine Corps wife and mother of 3 (one with autism), the continuity of care issues military families with disabilities face are very real to me. Access to current resources and information is essential for a parent and their role as their child's advocate. I applaud the efforts of the Autism Speaks Family Services team in building this online multi-state resource for families impacted by autism. This resource is constantly evolving as new and additional information is gained. Please share your comments, recommendations, and information on community resources with our Family Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us make this online tool most effective for you.”
- Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks Associate Director for Federal Government Affairs and Military Relations
Military sources indicate that more than 20,000 military dependents, the majority of them children, have some form of autism. Their families face all the emotions and challenges that accompany having a child diagnosed with autism, compounded by the realities of military service: war, extended family separation, frequent moves, varying access to specialized healthcare, and other stressors that complicate and often work against effective treatment for children with autism. These families need help navigating these uncharted and difficult waters.
This Guide and Operation Autism, its companion website (www.operationautismonline.org), are designed for these families. The purpose of these resources is to give each family the tools and access to information that it needs on its unique life journey through autism.
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*NOTE: OAR offers this guide free of charge to parents in the military and DoD employees (one copy per family, please). To take advantage of this offer, fill out the form on the Operation Autism website. Be sure to specify your interest in A Guide for Military Families and include your affiliation and rank, as well as the address to which you would like the book mailed.
Operation Autism: A Resource Guide for Military Families
AMFAS: American Military Families Autism Support
Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act
A federal bill concerning TRICARE coverage of autism therapies for active duty and retiree dependents
Algorithms for Navigating Intervention and Funding Systems: The Military Family and Autism
excerpted from Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Military Families
ACT Today! Autism Care and Treatment for Military Families
Military Families and Autism Advocacy
United States Marine Corps Exceptional Family Members: How to Improve Access to Health Care, Special Education and Long-Term Supports and Services for Family Members with Disabilities
National Council on Disability, November 2011
Autism Research Institute - Information for Military Families
TRICARE Autism Services Demonstration
Military HOMEFRONT: Navigating Military Health Care
Military K-12 Partners: Impact Aid for Children with Severe Disabilities Program
Military Families Deserve Better: Support HR.2288 to Help Military Kids with Autism
Autism Speaks in early 2012 invited members of the military and their spouses to tell their stories on video to help federal policymakers, the autism community and the public to better understand the unique challenges they face raising children with autism. Several videos on this page were aired during the January 31, 2012 Congressional briefing for military families.
Do you know of any resources that might be helpful to military families affected by autism? We'd love to share them! Email us at email@example.com.