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Your free guide to EFMP services, entertainment and educational opportunities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord


Exceptional Family Member Program

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Pages 4-5

March 2014

Local Support Groups

Pages 2 & 7

Working Focus Group Page 5

New EFMP Systems Navigator



Page 6

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In this issue: March Events, pg. 2-3 Developmental Disability Awareness Month, pg. 4-5 Working Focus Group, pg. 5 New Systems Navigator, pg. 6 FOCUS Program, pg. 6 Local Support Groups, pg. 2 & 7 Birth-to-Three Services, pg. 7 EFMP Enrollment Process, pg. 7 Resources at your fingertips, pg. 8

Armed Forces Community Service (AFCS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Rm. 400 JBLM-Lewis Main

EFMP Program Manager: Mary Herrera 253-967-9704 EFMP Staff Members: Nancy Dozier: Carol Watrous: Cheryl Hoyson: Rick Kivett: Lynn Shick: Anthony Buggage:

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-5795 253-967-9097 253-967-3464 253-982-2695

The EFMP office has an open-door policy regarding assistance to our Families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about available services, concerns, or if you need resources or advocacy at Joint Base Lewis-McChord or in the civilian community. 2

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March PURPAS– Monthly Meeting Mar. 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Henry Foss High School,

2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A & 215A. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please contact Susan Jackson or Sybille White at 253-565-2266.

Special Families of Pierce County Mar. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. “The Perfect Storm: The True Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorders”, Speaker: Dr. Nathan Wall, Chiropractor at Wall Family Chiropractic. Contact specialfamiliespc@

Pierce County Resource Fair Mar. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Inclusion Program in partnership with Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities. Franklin Pierce High School, 11002 18th Ave E. Tacoma. Call Susan Jackson at 253565-2266 or Tami McGrath at 253-564-0707 for more information.

Down Syndrome Support Group Mar. 14, 6:30 p.m. Black Angus, Lakewood, Moms Night Out, Dads

welcome too! Join other families who have children with Down Syndrome. Contact

EFMP Family Friendly Movie, “Khumba” Mar. 15, Noon-2:00 p.m. McChord Theater. FREE. Sensory controlled

environment. Perfect for special needs and young viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own snacks. For more information contact 253982-2695.

friends of Western Washington Mar. 22, 10:00 a.m., Play Group for the Down Syndrome Community

at Children’s Therapy Center, 8717 S Hosmer St, Tacoma. For information contact Shannon French at 253-224-0397, Susan Jackson at 253-565-2266, or on Facebook at:

Tools 4 Success Conference Mar. 25, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tacoma Community College Campus. A Conference for Persons with Disabilities focusing on preparation for employment presented by community organizations. Go to tools4successconference. org for registration and further information.


Steilacoom STARS (Autism Resources & Support) Community Meeting Mar. 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Saltar’s Point Elementary School Library, 908 3rd Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388 For more information, contact: Dena Snow 253-983-2633 or Colette Parrotte 253-9832611 cparrotte@steilacoom.

SKIES Registration Monday, Mar. 3-28 at

Parent Central Services, Lewis Main & McChord Field to register for April SKIES classes. Last day to register for classes is the 4th Friday of every month. For a description of classes or to register your child, go to & click on the yellow WebTrac button.

Special Olympics Track & Field & Aquatics registration through Mar. 21

EFMP News is an authorized unofficial community information source published for members of the Joint Base LewisMcChord EFMP community. There is no U.S. government endorsement of any commercial sponsor. Editorial content is provided by Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Community Service, and Family & Morale Welfare and Recreation offices. Submissions are welcome but will be edited for accuracy, brevity, clarity and journalistic style. Submissions are due on the first day of the month, one month prior to publication date. EFMP News is published monthly. Circulation: 1000. Send submissions to:

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Play to Learn at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Mar. 5, 12, 19, and 26 This is a FREE collaborative program with children’s museum of Tacoma for parents, grandparents, neighbors, family and friends who nurture children ages six and under. Thematic curriculum.

Wednesday Mornings, 1011:30 a.m. at the Escape Zone, Bldg. 841, off Lincoln Blvd., McChord Field. Wednesday Afternoons – 1:30–3:00 p.m. at Raindrops and Rainbows, 8197 American Lake Drive, Lewis North.

Join us on FACEBOOK! Connect with other EFMP News readers on Facebook and get regular updates on our program.

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March is National


evelopmental isability Awareness Month March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

Intelligent quotient (or I.Q.) is between 70-75 or below

The onset of the disability occurs before age 18.

Developmental disability is a broad field that includes intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, fetal alcohol syndrome (FASD) and other disabilities that occur during the developmental period from birth to age 18.

Significant limitations in the ability to adapt and carry on everyday life activities such as self-care, socializing, communicating, etc.

The major differences are in the age of onset, the severity of limitations, and the fact that a person with a developmental disability may or may not have a low I.Q. While some people with intellectual disability will also meet the definition of developmental disability, it is estimated that at least half do not meet the requirements for the developmental disability definition.

Intellectual disability is a below-average cognitive ability with three (3) characteristics:


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Continued from page 4 Intelligence refers to general mental capability and involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience. Studies show that somewhere between one and three percent of Americans have intellectual disabilities. There are many causes of intellectual disabilities; factors include physical, genetic and/or social challenges. The most common syndromes associated with intellectual disabilities are autism, Down syndrome, Fragile

X and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

• Specific treatment within the criminal justice system.

Diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) states the following must be present:

The purpose of establishing a diagnosis of intellectual disability is to determine eligibility in order to receive various services and supports, and to ensure rights are protected, including: • Special education services • Home and community-based waiver services • Social Security Administration benefits

1. Limitations in present functioning must be considered within the context of community environments typical of the individual’s age, peers and culture. 2. Valid assessment looks at cultural and linguistic diversity as well as difference in communication, sensory, motor and behavioral factors.

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Welcome our new Systems Navigator! T

he JBLM AFCS family would like to welcome Mr. Rick Kivett as the new EFMP Systems Navigator. Rick joins us from JBLM Outdoor Recreation, where he has spent the last ten years running the Adventure Program. He is an Army veteran, Purple Heart recipient, dedicated father and avid adventurer. He brings with him a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and love for the families of the Armed Forces. Mr. Kivett says, “My goal has always been to enrich the lives of others. Whether it’s guiding a raft down a wild and scenic river or navigating the vast network of assistance programs, it comes down to identifying the needs of each individual and providing the best service possible.”

Resiliency Training for Military Families and Children

FOCUS Contact Information: Kim Crosby, PhD, Site Director Main Phone: (253) 966-6360 Office: Bldg. 2013B, Room 331 (Pendleton and 3rd Street) Email: 6


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Individual Family sessions that build upon Family strengths in order to weather the stress of deployment (pre, during, post) and other military transitions • Improves communications, reduces arguing • Improves child behaviors, strengthens parent coping • Approximately 8 sessions, tailored to the Family’s needs • Confidential sessions • Family Friendly Hours • Prevention, not therapy • Gateway to other services for risk reduction

Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs

Contact the Lead Agency for your county for a referral for services.

EFMP Enrollment Process

Family Resource Coordination/Pierce County: 253-798-3790 South Sound Parent To Parent/Thurston County: 360-352-1126 Holly Ridge Center/Kitsap and Mason counties: 360-373-2536 Community Health Access Program (CHAP)/King County: 206-284-0331

Support Groups for You & Yours Special Families of Pierce County Special Families of Pierce County (SFPC) is a support group for families with special needs children in the South Sound region. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, from 6:008:00 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Avenue, on

the corner of 15th and Pacific Avenue. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Childcare is limited and preregistration is required each month. To RSVP go to: Contact Angela Fish at specialfamiliespc@ for further information.



A family support group open to all (parents, children, and helping professionals) for individuals with Autism. Participants meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, Rooms 213A and 215A from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please contact PAVE at 253-5652266. Susan Jackson: sjackson@ or Sybille White:

Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities promotes the independence of individuals with disabilities. It is located at 6315 South 19th Street, Tacoma. Call 253565-9000 for further information. The website is and has a program link to an extensive schedule of workshops and support groups for peer support, employment, recovery and wellness, housing, independent living, and veterans’ services.

Steilacoom STARS, STudents Triumph with Autism Resources and Supports Provides information and supports for those in our community impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meetings offer an opportunity for families, students and educators to connect, learn, and grow. STARS can provide opportunities and resources for families to network, students to share their experiences, ed-

ucators, and families to learn more about these exceptional students and how best to support them at school and in the community. Open to anyone in any school district. Contact: Dena Snow, 253.983.2633, dsnow@ or Colette Parrotte, 253-983-2611, cparrotte@

If your Family member has a health condition that necessitates a specialist or specialty clinic, he or she MUST be enrolled in EFMP under medical, DD Form 2792. If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan, he or she must be enrolled in EFMP under education, DD Form 2792-1. Enrollment forms for EFMP are renewed every three years or sooner, if there are significant changes. Disenrollment is not automatic upon expiration; it is required for a change in marital status or a significant improvement that no longer warrants enrollment.

Army — Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP office located in the Madigan Nursing Tower, on the first floor, left side, just past the chapel, room 1-28-17. For questions regarding enrollment or overseas screenings, please call 253-968-0254/1370/4355. This office is closed on Thursdays. Air Force — Submit your completed enrollment forms to the EFMP/FMRC office on the first floor of the 62nd Medical Clinic. For a PCS screening or for questions call SSGT Michelle Sutton at 253-982-3350. Lois Fisher is the Special Needs Coordinator and can be reached at 253-982-0369. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Servicemember & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLMLewis Main; Bldg. 552, Servicemember & Family Readiness Center, JBLM-McChord Field. Installation and local resources and services, housing and school issues, IEP/504 plans, respite care, systems navigation, advocacy, support groups, monthly newsletter, disability services and Special Needs Accommodation Process are available for all Army and Air Force EFMP Families.

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Information and events for Families with special needs on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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