Military Children With Autism

Our military children with autism and other special needs page offers information and resources for parents to learn more about how to get medical and special education services, community support, benefits and entitlements.

Thank you to our military families for your honorable service and enormous sacrifice!

According to the military, more than 13,000 military dependents have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Is your autistic child eligible for military services?

The Autism Eligibility Checklist specifies the necessary steps you need to take to determine if your child is eligible to receive or continue receiving military services.

Below are parent resources for military children with autism and other special needs:

Military Children with
Autism Resources

B.I. CARE (Consultation & Records Environment) is a secure health record service which allows you to organize, analyze and share videos and other images & documents between healthcare professionals, teachers, patients and caregivers, increasing health service access and quality of care to help improve assessment and treatment of Autism and other chronic behavioral and mental health conditions like Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Military HomeFront is the official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need!

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) The Military Child Education Coalition is a non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. This site includes information on moving, transferring students, deployment, and scholarships, and includes links to military organizations devoted to the military family.

Military Spouse Resource Center is a resource library for military spouse employment, education and relocation information. Here you will find links to employment related information and other resources for military spouses and military families.

Guides for Military Children
with Autism

A Guide for Military Families offered by the Organization for Autism Research and Operation Autism Online is designed for military families to provide:

  • An understanding of autism, intervention and treatment
  • Strategies for addressing the challenges of autism from diagnosis through adulthood
  • An overview of the Department of Defense (DoD) services for children with autism
  • Information on autism treatment options and military healthcare coverage
  • Practical information and tools to guide your child’s education
  • Tips and advice on permanent change of station (PCS) moves, new schools and more
  • Links to additional resources for military families living with autism

OAR offers one free copy of A Guide for Military Families to parents in the military and DoD on the form at Operation Autism Online. Request a copy of A Guide for Military Families and include your affiliation, rank and the address where you want the book mailed.

Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit The Special Needs Parent Toolkit has comprehensive information and tools to help military families learn about early intervention services, how to be an effective advocate for your child and more. The Toolkit is broken down into six colorful modules that can be easily downloaded and printed. Including important facts, records, tools and sample letters.

Medical Home Toolkit The goal of the Medical Home Toolkit is to increase families awareness of the medical home concept and inform families and caregivers how to establish a medical home for their child.

Reaching and Teaching Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders This best practices guide offers information and guidance to teachers, aides, service providers, parents and administrators on educating autistic students.

Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment A best practices guide developed by the Department of Defense Education Activity for those working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Military Children with Autism
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Some Military Children Facts

According to the Special Education Leaders Institute most military students attend U.S. public schools. Approximately 13% of military students are special needs students, compared with 11.5% of all U.S. students. The special education rates nationwide presently varies at 9% to 16%.

Six percent of military children have single parents, compared to the national average of 8.4% of children.

Take Action for Military Children With Autism

Please take action to support amended legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act to require TRICARE (military healthcare program) to provide coverage for evidenced-based, medically necessary treatments and therapies for all military children with autism. Kindly take a minute and go to, complete the form and voice your support to the conferees directly by email and help our children!

Let's Support Our Troops!

Would you like to show your support to our troops in the military? Please send a letter to a soldier, an e-card, or an item(s) from a wish list, and make donations at:


Let's show our heroes that we care!

Resources to Express
Our Appreciation

Below is a list of organizations offering ways to show our support for our troops or to assist wounded service members and their families.

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