This paper discusses the experiences of military families who are caring for a child with special needs and navigating health and educational systems.
Most military families experience mandatory relocation, or posting, several times during their military career. For Canadian military families, who must access provincial or territorial health care systems, maintaining reasonable continuity of care is a persistent issue. Such challenges may be amplified when a child in a military family has special needs within the health and educational systems. The purpose of this qualitative study was to gain a better understanding of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families’ experiences in navigating health care systems on behalf of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in the context of mandatory relocation, and to determine their recommendations for improved system navigation.
Cramm, H., Garth Smith, R., Samdup, D., Williams, A. and Ruhland, L., 2020. Charting a course to support military families navigating service systems for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A qualitative study. JMVFH, 6(2). doi: 10.3138/jmvfh-2018-0047.