Donations provide learning materials
November 23, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 24, 2011) -- Sometimes, parents and adults have a difficult time talking to children about disabilities, especially when the disability causes lifelong effects.
The Fort Rucker Exceptional Family Members Program recently contributed a selection of books about disabilities, illnesses and special accommodations to the Center Library in order to help start the conversation between children and adults, said Marion Cornish, EFMP manager.
"Center Library has set up an EFMP section for children. These books can help parents explain to children about various types of disabilities in a way that they can understand. Several books may be read by children without adult assistance. Some material is also suitable to teach inclusion and learn about diversity," said Cornish.
The more than 100 books and DVDs donated over the last couple of months include subjects such as allergies, autism, Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down syndrome, visual and hearing impairment, cancer and chemotherapy, special education, individual education plans, disability rights and dietary restrictions, said Cornish.
"Fort Rucker's EFMP staff members serve over 800 active duty military exceptional Family members and we hope that these books and DVDs will be an excellent resource for them and others in the Fort Rucker community," she said.
Al Edwards, reference librarian at the Center Library, said that the donation was welcomed by both the library staff and patrons.
"The library has always supported the EFMP and we're very grateful for their donation. The reaction from the Families and children has been very positive," he said.
Cornish explained that EFMP benefits are available to all qualifying active duty military personnel and their Families. Being part of EFMP can also help Families find and be assigned to posts that are better equipped to deal with their needs. Enrollment allows the assignment manager at Army personnel agencies to consider the documented medical and special needs of exception Family members in the assignment process. When possible, Soldiers are assigned to an area where the medical and special education needs of their Family can be met.
"Sometimes, Families don't realize they may be eligible or need to enroll in EFMP," she said, "For example, if you have a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, they need to be screened for possible enrollment.
"EFMP members need resources to help them meet the demands and challenges that they face when supporting a loved one that has a special need or disabilities. Donating the books and DVDs can help them explore ways and options to meet these demands and challenges. A variety of books are available that will make an excellent resource for professionals and for individuals writing a research paper. Be sure to check with library staff for assistance," said Cornish.
For information on the EFMP, please call 255-9277.
For more information about the books and DVDs, call the Center Library at 255-3885.