A wealth of Webinars
  for Military Families

23 February- “Anatomy of an IEP”

Wednesday, February 23rd starting at 10am. By PEATC Special Education Webinar

(FOR MILITARY FAMILIES ONLY) similar to a biology lesson, this presentation

dissects the IEP, examines the parts individually, discusses the function of each

section, and how the parts come together to create an effective document. You will

learn constructive and practical tips to help create an IEP that supports your student’s

access to a free and appropriate public education. You will gain an understanding of

how to manage your child's special education when moving to a new town, city or state.

To register, email webbb@MagellanFederal.com OR call (571) 231-7001.


25 February- “Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family”

Friday, February 25th from 10 to 11:30am. By the FCPS Parent Resource Center online workshop.  Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their various school years? Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges. Highlights include:

  • What makes a school "military-friendly"?

  • How can parents help schools understand the challenges of their military-connected

  • students?

  • The history of "military-friendly" in the United States and origin of the Purple Star

  • Schools. 

  • What does being a Purple Star School really mean to military families? 

  • Moving this summer? Get started on the Seasons of Leaving

Pre-registration is required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOX2tVHkfBr2Wl6UzNrbYd3ZdIViZRsejNNBG6YyaVzPMj0Q/viewform. All webinars are FREE to parents educators, and community members. This webinar is for adults only. Please call us to make a request for ADA accommodations. For more information, call 703-204-3941 or visit us at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center.


4 March “Military Benefits, Retirement, and Financial Planning”  

Friday, March 4th from 10am to noon. -By The ARC of NoVA online. Being in a military family comes with its own unique challenges. These challenges are often harder for families of children with disabilities or special health care

needs. A new assignment might mean a move to a different city, state, or country with different

support systems. And even a long-term assignment means knowing how to manage and

coordinate military benefits systems with those in the community. The systems are usually

confusing and often overwhelming. That's why The Arc of Northern Virginia takes extra care to

help military families understand and take steps when it comes to futures planning for their

family member with a disability.  Join us for this First Fridays Futures Planning webinar focusing

on financial planning for active-duty, reservists, veterans, and military retirees. All workshops

presented by The Arc of Northern Virginia are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o8oI3gnRT0mrBq9tW07Ljg.


Fort Belvoir,

Exceptional Family Member Program Contact for more information is Marlo Keller at marlo.b.keller2.civ@mail.mil or 571-231-7020.


Marine Corp Base, Quantico: 

Activities and workshops are open to all military connected families enrolled in EFMP or with children with special needs- active duty or retired all branches or service. You can register to attend any of the above listed events by emailing the Quantico EFMP mailbox at quanticoefmpoffice@usmc-mccs.org or call by calling the Quantico EFMP office at 571-931-0524. 

Naval Support Activity- Bethesda & NSA-Washington EFMP

For more info, contact Walkidia “Walky” Fradera, EFMP Case Liaison, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Military and Family Support Center (Fleet and Family Support Center) at 202-656-4161 or walkidia.l.fradera.ctr@mail.mil.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC EFMP

USAF Exceptional Family Member Program and Special Needs Identification & Assignment Coordination, daily Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm at MFSC/JBAB Bldg. 13, 118 Brookley Ave, SW, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC 20032. Call this number for more information or to register at 202-767-0450. The EMFP and SNIAC are two separate yet related functions working together to enhance the quality of life for Air Force Families. The programs support and identify active-duty sponsors who have EFM’s with special educational or medical needs. 

Joint Base Andrews, Maryland EFMP

None at this time.

Langley Air Force Base, Virginia EFMP 

None at this time


Partners in Promise:

Partners in Promise (PIP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that serves as a representative voice for our Exceptional Military Family Members (EFMP). It was founded in January of 2020 by four mothers to protect the rights of military children in the special education. (Promise). PIP focuses on a strategy of educating, advising and advocating for families with special needs children. Partners in PROMISE is the link between special needs families, established military service organizations, the Department of Defense, and legislators.  They work towards collaborative solutions to complex problems.

At https://thepromiseact.org and https://www.facebook.com/PartnersinPROMISE. 


Facebook Groups:

1. 'Hampton Roads (VA) EFMP Special Needs Families (Retired/Active) est. 2005' Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hamptonroadsefmp  

2. 'Virginia Military Special Needs Family Support' Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/663908243652397

3. 'Military Special Needs Family Support (Worldwide)' Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/361765527275172

4. 'USAF EFMP Family Support' Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/237346392971057  

5.  Disability Community of Hampton Roads - Virginia Facebook Page at https://m.facebook.com/hamptonroadsspecialneeds.  Sharing events and information for all cities of Hampton Roads for all disabilities and all ages.

6.  TACA Autism Virginia at https://www.facebook.com/tacavirginia

7. Virginia Autism Foundation contact info at www.virginiaautismfoundation.com or  https://www.facebook.com/virginiaautismfoundation

8.Virginia Autism Project's Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/virginiaautismproject