From special child care services and ongoing medical issues to complex housing situations and strained finances, it can be challenging to find the right resources to support a family member's needs. The good news is, you’re not alone.
There are lots of support services available, including:
Experts to help you plan for your family’s financial future
When you have a family member with special needs, financial planning is vital. Military OneSource experts can help you manage issues like disability tax credits, Supplemental Security Income, estate planning and much more.
- Financial Planning and Assistance for Families With Special Needs
- Supplemental Security Income
- What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?
Child care services
Some children may require more than routine care, such as children with or at-risk of disabilities, chronic illnesses or physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions. Military child care programs work with parents and guardians to make reasonable accommodations by considering the needs of the child, the child care environment, staffing and training requirements, and the resources available to the program. Check out the Department of Defense MilitaryChildCare.com website, which provides a single gateway for locating military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide.
- Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
- Special Care Organizational Record for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Fair Housing Act
If you or someone in your family is disabled, your home may need specific modifications to make it accessible for daily living. You are protected under the Fair Housing Act, which requires property owners to make, or allow residents to make, a home accessible for those with specific or special needs. This includes military installation housing.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
People protected under the ADA are living with a physical or mental impairment that greatly limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, speaking, lifting, hearing, seeing, reading, sleeping, eating, concentrating or working. The ADA covers injured service members with a military disability, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, loss of a limb, vision or hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.
EFMP Family Support
Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support teaches military families with special needs the skills they need to make good decisions for the person they’re supporting and provides resources to help families gain confidence and strength to improve their quality of life.