It can be financially challenging for families to manage when a child or children have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The links below offer great information about benefits and services to military families with a child or children on the spectrum.
Many military families are impacted by autism. Over 23,000 military dependents have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. These families are substantially affected by the financial and emotional costs of raising a child with autism.
The Department of Defense has been a leader in providing coverage for health and special education services for children with autism. Military life, coping with disruption of routine or environment, is particularly difficult for children with autism and their families.
The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.