The Parent Network Of WNY Military and Veteran Family Program

The Parent Network Of WNY Military and Veteran Family Program Non-Profit Organization Slogan Support. Educate. Connect. Empower. Tag Line We Provide 1-On-1 Support and Education on Disabilities, Special Education and Services.

Mission Supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. Who We Are Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals. Parent Network of WNY provides 1-on-1 Support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system. The majority of Parent Network of WNY’s staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities, which provides a unique perspective, personal experience and empathy to the families we reach. Since it's reorganization in 2001, Parent Network of WNY has served around 10,000 people a year. Who We Serve Knowing that professionals, parents and caregivers play a critical role in helping children with special needs achieve success in their lives, Parent Network of WNY’s staff specializes in empowering parents and family members to communicate effectively with professionals and to successfully advocate for their children. Parent Network also works with professionals by providing continuing education opportunities, resources and referral services. More About Parent Network of WNY Parent Network is designated as a Technical Assistance Parent Center by New York State Department of Education and receives funding from several sources. Parent Network is a National Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) funded by the U.S. Department on Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). For more info, please visit Parent Network of WNY funding. Parent Network of WNY is a not for profit, charitable organization (formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code). Donations to Parent Network are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to Parent Network.

Mission: Supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

If you are a military aligned family and have a child with a disability, The Exceptional Advocate is a newsletter specif...
07/27/2017
The Exceptional Advocate

If you are a military aligned family and have a child with a disability, The Exceptional Advocate is a newsletter specifically for military families with special needs. Subscribe to The Exceptional Advocate Newsletter below!

Addressing the stigma that enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program may restrict career advancement, a recent U.S. Marine Corps study...

Military life has a lot of nuts and bolts. You know, the little military-esque things that make up just an ordinary day ...
07/26/2017
Military Life 101

Military life has a lot of nuts and bolts. You know, the little military-esque things that make up just an ordinary day in the military life but are totally foreign concepts to everyone on the outside

So how do you tackle the nuts and bolts? How do you ace military life 101? You read on, that's what you do.

A big part of military life is moving. . . often. For military kids, that means saying goodbye to their home, their scho...
07/25/2017
Here are 10 healthy ways to help your kids say goodbye during a PCS

A big part of military life is moving. . . often. For military kids, that means saying goodbye to their home, their school, their friends, and their sports team or scouting troop. Parents are responsible for helping their kids through a move. Since military kids don’t get a choice in where they live, it isn’t fair to expect them to be happy about it. The best thing we can do is show our children that the family is a team, and we are all going to do this together, even if it is hard.

Crying is okay.

They are strong, flexible, and resilient in difficult situations. They spend about half their childhood with a parent go...
07/21/2017
12 lessons we can all learn from military kids

They are strong, flexible, and resilient in difficult situations. They spend about half their childhood with a parent gone for deployments or training. They move every few years, facing new schools, new friends, and a new neighborhood each time. The verdict: military kids are amazing people.

By Lizann Lightfoot (and kids) Military kids are amazing people. They are strong, flexible, and resilient in difficult situations. Many military...

07/20/2017

At the end of July, our Military and Veteran Family Page will be merged with our general Parent Network page where we will continue posting updates and information for military and veteran families! Make sure you follow The Parent Network of WNY to stay connected!

Parent Network of WNY
07/20/2017

Parent Network of WNY

This past year, Parent Network had the privilege of partnering with AmeriCorps to hire a Vista to work with us on our Military and Veterans families program.

Throughout her service year with us, Caralyn's passion and enthusiasm for our cause, helped make a tremendous impact for the WNY military connected families of children with disabilities.

As her service term comes to an end, we want to thank her for dedicating a year to community service and volunteerism in WNY.

We will miss you Caralyn and we wish nothing but success and happiness for you in your next adventure!

National Military Family Association
07/18/2017
National Military Family Association

National Military Family Association

HEALTHCARE UPDATE:

TRICARE PRIME is amazing for many families - but for those with special needs and uncommon medical conditions, it can be a nightmare. For these families, TRICARE STANDARD often saves the day, by allowing them to choose their doctors and see specialists without referrals (and oftentimes, without a wait).

Soon, you may not have a choice to switch to STANDARD when you need or want to -- and that concerns us. Families need access to the right care, at the right time.

Weigh in. Have you switched to STANDARD? When and why?

“Our military families sacrifice an enormous amount for our country, but their unique needs are not being met by our mil...
07/14/2017
Bipartisan bill seeks to fix child care woes for military families

“Our military families sacrifice an enormous amount for our country, but their unique needs are not being met by our military’s current approach to child care. This bipartisan bill would help boost our military’s readiness and retention by making sure our military families have access to child care that actually meets their needs."

The bill takes aim at wait times and inconvenient CDC hours.

Keep your child reading this summer! There is still time to enroll your child in in the Department of Defense Summer Rea...
07/12/2017
There is nothing like a good book!

Keep your child reading this summer! There is still time to enroll your child in in the Department of Defense Summer Reading Program!

The days are longer and the weather is fine. It's time to relax with a good book.

Your official DoD source for installation and state resources available to active duty, guard and reserve service and fa...
07/11/2017
MilitaryINSTALLATIONS

Your official DoD source for installation and state resources available to active duty, guard and reserve service and family members.

View articles, photos, major unit listings and contacts for programs worldwide.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the invisible wounds of war often discussed in popular culture. But it's also a...
07/08/2017
Help for Caretakers: Understanding PTSD in Veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the invisible wounds of war often discussed in popular culture. But it's also a very real diagnosis.

How can a caregiver go about understanding PTSD in veterans? What are the symptoms, and what can families do about PTSD?

Moving tips! From a mom who knows her stuff
07/07/2017
Moving Tips - Advice from 25+ Moves - Organized 31

Moving tips! From a mom who knows her stuff

Moving tips from a mom that has moved more than 25 times in 12 states and 3 foreign countries. These tips will reduce the stress of moving, save...

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!
07/04/2017

Happy Independence Day!

Chick-fil-a donated over $15,000 to Operation Homefront, an organization that has a multitude of programs to offer assis...
06/29/2017
Chick-fil-A donates thousands to military charity

Chick-fil-a donated over $15,000 to Operation Homefront, an organization that has a multitude of programs to offer assistance to active duty personnel and their families.

From May 1 through May 23, Chick-fil-A locations in San Diego County, Calif., came together to pledge $1 from every Chocolate Chunk Cooki...

Helping younger children be informed is really a matter of keeping them engaged in a dialogue about the deployment and r...
06/28/2017
Talking to Children During a Deployment

Helping younger children be informed is really a matter of keeping them engaged in a dialogue about the deployment and recognizing that they are an important part of this experience #DeploymentTips

You should also create time to talk to your child about the coping skills that he has adopted while his deployed parent is away.

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. The purpose of PTSD Awareness Day is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTS...
06/27/2017
PTSD Awareness Day 2017

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. The purpose of PTSD Awareness Day is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD. Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help Veterans and others recognize symptoms, and seek and obtain needed care.

Help us raise PTSD awareness by joining us in this community effort to help people with PTSD.

Happy Birthday to The US Coast Guard Auxiliary! Congress established the USCG Aux on June 23, 1939.
06/23/2017

Happy Birthday to The US Coast Guard Auxiliary! Congress established the USCG Aux on June 23, 1939.

Resources to help your family through a deployment. Utilize online resources developed for parents to find information, ...
06/22/2017
Friends and Family: Self-Care During a Deployment

Resources to help your family through a deployment. Utilize online resources developed for parents to find information, resources, and support boards.

Deployments can be especially hard on the parents, other family members, and friends of service members.

Legal Issues Facing Military Families with Special Needs Children
06/20/2017
12 Things Every Military Parent Should Know

Legal Issues Facing Military Families with Special Needs Children

Parents must understand their legal rights under IDEA 2004 and Section 504 and the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military...

Tricare health coverage is a valuable benefit of military service, and that value continues after retirement.  The costs...
06/16/2017
Tricare Options for Retirees and Their Families

Tricare health coverage is a valuable benefit of military service, and that value continues after retirement. The costs of Tricare for retirees and their families is a little different that Tricare for active duty, but it is still exceptional coverage at an excellent price.

Happy Birthday to the US Army! 242 years strong!
06/14/2017

Happy Birthday to the US Army! 242 years strong!

Happy Flag Day! Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which ...
06/14/2017

Happy Flag Day! Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777. Fly your flags high and proud today!

Resources to help your family through a deployment#DeploymentTipTuesday #MilitaryFamilies #MilitaryKids
06/13/2017
Kids + Deployment

Resources to help your family through a deployment
#DeploymentTipTuesday #MilitaryFamilies #MilitaryKids

Deployment and separation will always be part of life in the military. While most families accept this as a routine fact of life, the deployment of...

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Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals. Parent Network of WNY provides 1-on-1 Support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.

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