Description: Navigating a military move can be hectic, and there may be an added layer when special education is involved. Karen Terry from the Office of Special Needs shares some tips and resources that support military families before, during and after their move.
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Bio: Karen Terry
Karen Terry is Program analyst in the Office of Special Needs, Office of Family Readiness Policy, Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Personnel and Readiness.
Ms. Terry is a retired service member with 21 years in the Air Force where she served both on active duty and in the reserves. Upon retiring, Ms Terry was part of the Headquarters Air Force Airman and Family Services team where she managed programs such as Relocation, School Liaisons, and the Exceptional Family Member Program.
Before joining OUSD, Ms. Terry was employed as the Family Support Specialist for a Virginia county public school Department of Special Education. It this position, she worked extensively with parents as they learned and navigated special education on behalf of their child and with the students to increase their access to education through appropriate accommodations and/or modifications.
Ms. Terry is married with three sons. Her middle son has autism spectrum disorder and was the reason she turned her professional focus to working with people with special needs.