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, DO NOT add this to your shopping cart. Instead, fill out the form on the Operation Autism Web site located at http://www.operationautismonline.org/about-operation-autism/contact-us. 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.
Military sources indicate that more than 13,000 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 its companion Web site (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. More specifically, the goals of this Guide are to provide:
- An understanding of autism and related intervention and treatment
- Strategies for addressing the challenges of autism from the time of diagnosis through adulthood
- An overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) and service policies related to having a child with autism
- Information on autism treatment options and coverage within the military healthcare system
- Practical information and tools to guide your child’s education
- Tips and advice relative to transitions such as permanent change of station (PCS) moves, new schools and more
- Links to additional resources relative to autism and military families