With a population of 1.5 million active duty military members, each day around the globe, there are an estimated 540,000 active duty sponsors each caring for a family member with special medical or educational needs. Parents of children with special needs face many challenges and these challenges are compounded when the family concerned is military. While all military families face certain challenges such as frequent moves/military member being placed in harm’s way/deployments, our families with special needs family members face additional difficulties.
The Utah Parent Center partners with STOMP, the only National Parent Training and Information Center specializing in support and advice for military families.
STOMP: Specialized Training of Military Parents
Working Together for Military Families of Individuals with Disabilities
STOMP is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations. For families of children with disabilities, STOMP is a one-stop shop for information and training regarding special education and other resources.
Military K-12 Partners
A DoDEA Partnership Program
DoDEA’s Educational Partnership has the opportunity to champion quality educational opportunities for all military children. The men and women who serve in our Nation’s Armed Forces place a high value on education and the availability of quality educational opportunities for their children as a key quality of life measure for many military members. This program provides information and support to increase understanding of the unique needs of military children as well as academic support to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for military children.
Utah Military Family Support 360
Family Support 360 for Military Families is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), part of the Administration for Children and Families. Since 2008, ten grants have been awarded to plan and implement one-stop centers for military families. The initial assessment of the needs identified by Hill AFB personnel and active duty parents who have children with developmental disabilities indicates that Hill has an array of services and case managers already in place. Coordination of base services with, and ready access to, civilian services was a stated need. The Military 360 Project objectives include:
- Assist with enhancing and strengthening the capacity of Hill AFB personnel;
- Identify military and civilian supports and services;
- Coordinate communication between military and civilian systems;
- Establish a single-point of contact for information, support, and referral;
- Provide training and technical assistance to Hill AFB case managers;
- Provide workshops for families on military/civilian services;
- Provide technical assistance with website content;
- Ensure continuity of knowledge as base personnel and military/civilian services change from year to year.