Special Needs Program

Enhancing access to healthcare and support for children with special needs in military families.

YOU CAN HELP THE NEARLY 1 IN 10 MILITARY FAMILIES CARING FOR A
CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

Because of the unique nature of their lifestyles, Canadian military families can experience a great deal of stress in finding and receiving appropriate
healthcare.

Newly posted military families often find themselves on wait lists for medical care. Families in remote postings routinely drive long distances for something as basic as primary healthcare.

For a military family with a special needs child the challenges can be truly daunting.

SPECIAL NEEDS CARE

Beyond significant wait times, military families caring for a child with special needs often lose access to critical services such as occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or physiotherapy when relocating. As a result, a child can go without specialized care for extended periods of time.

SUPPORT FOR EXTRAORDINARY HEALTHCARE NEEDS

Through the Special Needs Program, military families with special needs children, who have often exhausted their savings and access to publicly provided healthcare receive financial support to assist with some of the costs of assessments and extraordinary expenses associated with specialized equipment, therapy and medical travel.

REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT ARE GROWING

Since 2013, grants to military families with special needs children have increased by almost 270%. Your support will provide renewed hope to families and timely and appropriate care for the children.

YOUR SUPPORT WILL REDUCE THE UNCERTAINTY AND DELAYS MILITARY FAMILIES FACE WHEN CARING FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

Your gift will assist Military families to receive the specialized care needed to raise healthier, happier children.
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