NEWS | March 11, 2014

Workshop for military parents of children with special needs

By Joint Base Charleston School Liaison officer

More than 14 percent of military families have a family member with a disability.

And, one of the most stressful times for a military family is Permanent Change of Station, especially with a family member who has special needs. Preparation for the PCS move is a critical factor for families. Smooth coordination between the Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator, the School Liaison Officer, the receiving school district, the Parent Training and Information Center, doctors and specialty clinic are key to a successful PCS.

The Specialized Training of Military Parent, is an organization dedicated solely to addressing the needs of military families with special medical or educational needs. STOMP will be in our area for a two day workshop covering IEPs, 504, PCSing, TRICARE and ECHO, Individuals with Disabilities Act and DODEA System, both in CONUS and OCONUS and more.

STOMP, a parent directed project, exists to empower military parents, individuals with disabilities and service providers with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to create a collaborative environment for family and professional partnerships without regard to geographic location. For more information about STOMP, or to talk with one of their staff members, call 1-800-5-PARENT or visit their website at www.stompproject.org

STOMP will be at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base on March 27 and 28, 2014 for a two day workshop. The workshop will take place at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, building 500, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee and assorted drinks will be available, but meals and childcare will not be provided. If you are a member of a military family with a special needs child, an educator of children with special needs, or a professional that works with families and children with special needs then this training is for you.

To register for this workshop or for more information, please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 843-963-4406.