Links for Military Families


Military Family LinksThe Access Board

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

The CAP computer/electronic accommodation program
The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990 to improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the DoD and remove the cost of accommodations. The TRICARE Management Activity, a field activity in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), serves as the executive agent for CAP. CAP’s services assist in creating work environments that are more accessible to employees with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive and communication impairments. By aligning itself with DoD Components and Federal agencies, promoting awareness, team building, and reengineering, CAP ensures quality and timely support to achieve its mission and increase the representation and retention of people with disabilities in the Federal sector.

The Alliance for Technology Access
Network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. A list of vendor members and links to their web sites is included.

Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication
General site about uses of assistive technology and augmentative communication

NECTAS National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System
NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. This web site is one of an array of services we provide to Part C Coordinators and Section 619 Coordinators and the resources on this site are available to all.

Veterans’ Guide to Paying for College
Information, resources and expert advice on higher education funding and scholarship for veterans.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) on line
This archived Web page for The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997

Parent Training and Information Centers for families of children with disabilities by state
Parent centers in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families. This assistance helps parents participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB)
Flexibility from No Child Left Behind Find out how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) in exchange for efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready.

DoDEA homepage
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. DoDEA’s schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.

DoD Regulations and Directories
A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) DIRECTIVE is a broad policy document containing what is required by legislation, the President, or the Secretary of Defense to initiate, govern, or regulate actions or conduct by the DoD Components within their specific areas of responsibilities. DoD Directives establish or describe policy, programs, and organizations; define missions; provide authority; and assign responsibilities. One-time tasking and assignments are not appropriate in DoD Directives.

DoDEA Special Education
DoDEA includes the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). This website will give you an overview along with other information about DoDDS and DDESS schools.

Impact aid/military impacted schools
A partnership to guarantee a continuum of quality education for the Military Child — no matter where the parent is assigned.

OCR – Office of Civil Rights
New link to OCR offices.

Section 504
Department of Health & Human Services. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.

504 Plan – Department of Education
Thie is a link to the U.S. Department of Education. When you click on the link, it downloads the act into a Word Document for you.

Approach to Autism
Approach to Autism is committed to providing valuable information about resources that support the goal of improving the lives for children or adults with ASD. We are passionate about sharing the many great resources that are available now and keeping our information updated as new services are available. Approach to Autism was created to provide this access, at home or on the go!

Medicaid is a jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people. It covers approximately 36 million individuals including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

Waivers Programs
Web site provides Map of State Waiver Programs and Demonstrations – documents associated with pending and approved demonstrations and waiver programs.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelium. There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart. Read more:

Military Health entitlement. TRICARE benefit information for beneficiaries. Learn all there is to know about your TRICARE benefit.

Final Regulations on Family and Medical Leave
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued final regulations implementing Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). OPM’s final regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 5, 1996, and were effective on January 6, 1997.

On September 1, 2005, TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) replaced the existing TRICARE Program for Persons with Disabilities (PFPWD). Beneficiaries who still have authorization approvals for PFPWD can continue on those approvals until the expiration or services are requested and authorized under the ECHO program. This new program will continue to deliver financial assistance to active duty family members who have a qualifying condition as defined by law. It will also continue to offer an integrated set of services and supplies that supplement the basic TRICARE program options-TRICARE Prime (including TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members), TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra. There are many similarities between PFPWD and ECHO, as well as some differences. Now is a good time for beneficiaries to become familiar with the basic requirements and benefits of TRICARE ECHO.

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

National Military Family Association, Inc.
The National Military Family Association is the only private national organization dedicated to identifying and resolving issues of concern to military families. NMFA’s mission is to serve the families of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy., the largest online military destination, offers free resources to serve, connect, and inform the 30 million Americans with military affinity: active duty personnel, retirees, veterans, reservists, guard members, defense workers, family members, and those considering military careers.

Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is working to solve the challenge of helping schools and military installations deliver accurate, timely information to meet transitioning parent and student needs, and in the development and education of children from military families. Our purpose is to share information in order to develop systems and processes to resolve transition issues for military students.

Military OneSource
Whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families… 24/7/365!

Military Homefront
Military Home Front – reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need!

Parent to Parent USA
Emotional & Informational support for families of children who have special needs. For over 36 years Parent to Parent programs across the country have been providing emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’. Promoting access, quality and leadership in parent to parent support across the country.

Military Connection
Military Connection is a woman-owned business located in Simi Valley, California, near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We have been in business since 1999. We take great pride in assisting many military charities. Our mission is to serve the active military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, the Reserves including Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Reserve and the National Guard. We are also honored to serve Veterans, retirees, DoD civil servants and their spouses and dependents.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
This web site is for families of children with special needs to keep them informed of their rights in the areas of education, health care, and many other topics of concern. The Federation also has several national parent leadership projects in the areas of Early Intervention and School Reform.

Council For Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Make a Wish Foundation
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Disability Is Natural
Ready for some good news about people with disabilities? Discover a new way of thinking about disabled people, learning disabilities and physical and mental handicaps.

National YMCA for Military Families
We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.

Personal Ponies
Personal Ponies is a non-profit organization providing ponies to children with disabilities.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD or ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.
Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities.

My Autism Team
MyAutismTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best providers who can help your child thrive. Share with other parents like you, and learn from their experience.

Air Force Crossroads
find info about any DOD installation and more

DODEA – Department of Defense Education Activity
Shortly after the end of World War II, the United States military established schools for the children of its service men and women stationed in Europe and the Pacific. Schools for children of military members stationed at various bases in the United States were already well-established. First administered by the military branches they served, the growing number of schools was soon transferred to civilian managers, then organized into two separate but parallel systems: the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in the United States. In 1994 the two systems were brought together under an umbrella agency, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Organization The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Arlington,Virginia. DoDEA’s schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents. Serving The Military Community DoDEA’s schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. Children of enlisted military personnel represent 85 percent of the total enrollment in DoDEA schools. DoDEA operates over 200 public schools in 15 districts located in 13 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 8,785 teachers serve DoDEA’s 102,600 students.

National Directory of State Departments of Education
Links to State Departments of Education.