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

EFMP News Exceptional Family Member Program

October 2013

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Birth-to-Three Services

Events & Support Groups

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Mary Bridge Bleeding Disorders Annual Education Invitation Page 6

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New College Options for Students with Disabilities


A mother signs “Pirate” to her son

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In this issue: October Events & South Sound Parent to Parent Schedule, pg. 2-3 National Employment Disability Awareness Month, pg. 4 New College Options for Students with Disabilities, pg. 5 Mary Bridge Bleeding Disorder Education Event, pg. 6 Local Support Groups, pg. 2 (&7) Birth-to-Three Services & EFMP Enrollment Process, pg. 7 Resources at your fingertips, pg. 8

Army Community Service (ACS) Director: Alecia R. Grady

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

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

JBLM life... Special Families of Pierce County – Parkland/Spanaway Group

Oct 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Topic: Sign Language As A Communication Tool For Verbal & Nonverbal Kids; Speaker: Corinne Dutton, Former Sign Language Interpreter/Special Education Para-Educator. See page 7 for directions.

PURPAS– Monthly Meeting

Oct 9, 6:30-8:00pm. Henry Foss High School, 2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, South Sound P2P Phone: (360) 352-1126

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. See page 7 for additional information.

Special Families of Pierce County – Downtown Tacoma Group Oct 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Topic: Sign Language As A Communication Tool For Verbal & Nonverbal Kids; Speaker: Corinne Dutton, Former Sign Language Interpreter/Special Education Para-Educator.. See page 7 for directions. Email: Website:

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

253-967-9705 253-967-3451 253-967-5795 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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O ctober Events

Down Syndrome Support Pierce Co. Coalition For Developmental Group Disabilities (PC2) Oct 11, 6:30 pm, BJ’s Restaurant, South Hill in Puyallup. Meeting is open to any parent who has a child with a chronic health care need or disability. For further information contact Carolyn Jones, Parent Leader, 253-970-7264 or email

Oct 15, 10 am - noon. “Coffee Klatch” Get-Together. This is an opportunity for parents to share what is important in their day-to-day lives in a casual setting. Coffee, tea, soda, water, and juice will be provided. To RSVP call 253564-0707, extension 101.

Mary Bridge Hematology/Oncology Invites you to Bleeding Disorders Annual Education for Children and Parents

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Oct 19, 10am, Children’s Therapy Center, 8717 S Hosmer St, Tacoma. New group connecting families, creating friends in the Down October 12, 2013, 3:30pm – Syndrome community. For 7:30 pm more information contact Federal Way, Community Shannon French, FrienDS Center, 876 South 333rd Street, Parent Leader at 253-224-0397 Federal Way, 98003 or shannon.french@hotmail. RSVP by Wednesday, October com. Find them on Facebook 10th to 253-403-3481 or at Nichelle.kruckeberg@ EFMP Family Friendly Movie Speakers – Sandy Puckett, Oct 19, noon to 2:00 RN, BSN, Alyssa. Food will pm, McChord Theater. be provided. Bring your swim FREE. Sensory controlled suits and towel for private environment. Perfect for use of the pool, lazy river and special needs and young water slide. viewers. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact 253982-2695

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The goal of recognizing October as “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” is to educate the general public about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The history of National Disability Employment Awareness traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically”


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do just because I was blind. But because I had people in my life who instilled in me an expectation of work and showed me opportunities to be successful, I completed college and became known for what I can do!” said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.”

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and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. “When I was growing up, many people doubted what I could

Disability Employment Awareness Month during October and throughout the year – by visiting the ODEP website at odep/.

New College Options For Students With Disabilities For college students with autism and other learning disabilities, there is a balancing act that takes place every day – accommodating a disability while also pushing beyond it toward normalcy which is increasingly essential for finding a meaningful career. Programs within traditional universities, offering supplemental support, are sprouting up around the country. This is the best time ever for students who learn differently to go to college.

Several resources that might be helpful include: The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities The Peterson’s guide “Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD”

Families who would once have struggled to find options now struggle to choose among them. Virtually all colleges now enroll at least some students with learning disabilities including those with autism spectrum disorder or a diagnosis of ADHD.

Helpful Hints About College’s guide to preparing for secondary education for people with intellectual disabilities provides tips on expectations, study skills, time management, goal setting, stress management and staying motivated. College Planning Handbook for Students with Disabilities This handbook guides students with disabilities through some important steps and considerations to help them prepare for college. It covers issues such as self-advocacy and a student’s legal rights. HEATH Resource Center Information for students with disabilities on educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools and other post-secondary training entities. Resources: A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College This guide has information about finding the right school, paying for college, and locating supports relating to your disability while at school. resources Cont.

Frequently Asked Questions About College & College Prep Provides answers to commonly asked questions related to college and college preparation for students with learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Getting into College - What Students with Disabilities Want to Know Information from George Washington University’s HEATH Resource Center to help students with disabilities understand the college admissions process. Disability Friendly Colleges Online college guide for students with physical disabilities contains interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges.

Find these and other resources on: (click on “Education”; scroll to “Getting Ready for College”)

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Mary Bridge Hematology/ Oncology Invites you to Bleeding Disorders Annual Education for Children and Parents on Saturday, October 12, 3:30pm-7:30 pm Federal Way, Community Center, 876 South 333rd Street, Federal Way, 98003 RSVP by Wednesday, October 10th to 253-403-3481 or Nichelle.kruckeberg@ Speakers – Sandy Puckett, RN, BSN, Alyssa. Food will be provided. Bring your swim suits and towel for private use of the pool, lazy river and water slide.



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Birth To Three Early Intervention Programs

Contact the Lead Agency for your counties for a referral for services. 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. The Parkland/Spanaway Group – Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, (except holidays) from 6:308:30pm at the Pierce County Library Processing & Admin Center, 3005 112th Street SE, Conference Room B. Location is 1 mile off Hwy 512 at the Portland Ave Exit on the corner of 112th Street East and Waller Road East. Childcare is not provided. For questions contact Angela Fish at

The Downtown Tacoma Group – Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, from 6:00-8:00pm 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 available with RSVP only. Contact Dena Radcliffe at for further information.

EFMP Enrollment Process 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 253-968-3659/0254/ 1370. 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 McDonald at 253-9823350. For Air Force Respite Care, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 253-982-2695. EFMP Family Support Services


A family support group open to all (parents, children, and helping professionals) for individuals with high functioning 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 8:00pm. Bring your own beverage; snacks will be provided. For more information please contact PAVE at 253-565-2266. Susan Jackson: 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 253-565-9000 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.

Bldg. 2140, Waller Hall, Room 400, JBLMLewis Main; Bldg. 552, Airman & 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. Bldg. 2140, Room 400/253-967-9704/9705



Individuals With Disabilities (Counseling) (ADD/ADHD)

Children’s Services (ChildCare Aware of America) (Autism) (Autism) (Bleeding disorders) (Autism) (Gluten Intolerance Group) (Pierce County Parks & Recreation)

Family Assistance (A Common Voice) (SN Parent Support Group) (Pierce County Food Banks) (Specialized Training for Military Parents) (Traumatic Brain Injury of Washington) (Cerebral Palsy) (Tricare Western Region)



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