Notre Dame community members speak on climate change at South Bend Common Council meeting

first_imgPeople of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities, all sporting bright green stickers reading “Climate Champions,” filtered into the the City County Building in downtown South Bend Monday for the South Bend Common Council meeting regarding climate change.The room was filled — nearly to capacity — with young people, Notre Dame students and faculty who have teamed up to promote climate recovery in South Bend. This meeting, the first of two conversations on climate change with the Council, provides students with a platform to discuss the causes of climate change and the negative effects that have impacted South Bend and Notre Dame. Ryan Kolakowski | The Observer Notre Dame senior Tai Verbrugge speaks on the topic of climate change at a South Bend Common Council meeting Monday evening.Alan Hamlet, a civil and environmental engineering professor, shared an overview of the effects climate change will have on South Bend and Notre Dame. Hamlet presented the results from the Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment, a project of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.“What people do in the 21st century, it plays a very significant role in how warm climate gets in Indiana,” Hamlet said. “It’s very important, what we do in terms of mitigating or correcting the situation with too many greenhouse gases in the environment.”Hamlet said South Bend residents need to be prepared for significant warming, even if practices are put in place to reduce carbon emissions. Models show average temperatures could increase between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit in Indiana, Hamlet said.“These changes are extremely large,” he said. “If this happens, we will suffer severe impacts in Indiana and as a nation going forward.”Notre Dame senior Tai Verbrugge shared his own concerns about climate change with the five present council members. He said that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached levels around 400 parts per million, higher than ever before in recorded history.“The greenhouse effect gives us relatively straightforward logic,” Verbrugge said. “The more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the hotter our planet gets.”Verbrugge said that change must come from local communities like South Bend because national and global climate recovery efforts have not been taken seriously.“The Paris Agreement calls on each of its 184 ratifying parties to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, though contributions vary country by country,” Verbrugge said. “Though the Paris Agreement went into force in 2016, the White House has since signaled that American withdrawal from that is on the table, so it’s clear that federal help in this is not necessarily coming.”Senior Jacqueline Brebeck framed the impacts of climate change around South Bend and Notre Dame. A polar vortex brought sub-zero temperatures to South Bend with wind chills near 50 degrees below zero during the last week of January.“A couple weeks ago, we all had the pleasure of experiencing the polar vortex,” Brebeck said. “It is named the polar vortex for a reason. It should stay there … When we were experiencing the polar vortex, Alaska was actually warmer than us and having not a bad day, so that is one very real scenario that has already happened in South Bend.”Students from Good Shepherd Montessori School and John Adams High School aided Notre Students with their presentations. Council members Jo Broden and Jake Teshka led the audience in applause after the student presentations concluded.Philip Sakimoto, the director of the Program in Academic Excellence at Notre Dame, shared a public comment near the end of the Common Council meeting.“Wouldn’t it be great to, within the next month or two, hand Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] a climate recovery ordinance for his signature?” Sakimoto said. “Imagine him bringing that to the national stage saying that, ‘Look, this is what we did in South Bend. This is what the entire country can do.’”The South Bend Common Council will reconvene on Feb. 27 to continue the conversation about climate change. Next week, the council will focus on local solutions, said Therese Dorau, the director of the South Bend Office of Sustainability. The council members expressed gratitude for the presenters and other students in attendance Monday night.“First and foremost, let me all just thank you all,” Broden said. “What you have done tonight for our community and for our council is provide compelling science and compelling testimony. Your voices will not go unheard. Your plea will not go unanswered as far as I can help it.”Tags: Climate change, environment, South Bend Common Councillast_img read more

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Returns to the Washington Center

first_imgSubmitted by Ballet NorthwestThis spring, Ballet Northwest is proud to present Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, to be enjoyed by South Sound audiences for the second time since its Olympia premiere in 2010. Performances are scheduled from May 9 to May 11, when seventy-five local dancers will grace the stage and audiences will experience the classic masterpiece highlighted by striking costumes, splendid staging, and exquisite sets designed in 2010 by Jill Carter, who has designed sets in the past for Olympia Family Theater and Harlequin Productions.Choreographed by Ballet Northwest’s Artistic Directors and husband-and-wife duo Ken and Josie Johnson, the production is sponsored by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia Federal Savings, Andrew Kapust DDS, KRXY 94.5 FM and The Olympian.Josie Johnson states, “We are deeply grateful to our four event sponsors who have once again made this community event possible!”Ken Johnson, Josie’s husband and co-artistic director adds, “These classic performances bring so much to our community. We can enjoy ageless works like Swan Lake without ever having to leave Olympia!”The ballet, which was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1876 and first performed in 1877 by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, tells the story of Odette, the young princess who refuses the advances of the evil sorcerer von Rothbart. He delivers a curse that transforms her into a swan whenever the sun rises. When the handsome Prince Siegfried is out hunting, he sees Odette, first as a lovely swan and later as a beautiful woman. He discovers her secret and they fall in love, but von Rothbart has other plans. Will love conquer all?Interestingly, since its original Moscow premiere, Swan Lake has been performed many thousands of times to eager audiences around the world, yet with varying and often unpredictable endings, ranging from romantic to tragic.Dancing the role of the young prince in this performance is guest artist Andrew Pontius, a Bremerton, Washington native who started studying ballet at age eleven with Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet. At fifteen he left for Washington, D.C., where he studied and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet. He began his professional career with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, then moved to Madrid and danced for the Victor Ullate Ballet Comunidad de Madrid. Mr. Pontius is reportedly delighted to be home and dancing in the Pacific Northwest.Founded in 1970, Ballet Northwest is a community-based dance company dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.WHO: Ballet NorthwestWHAT: Swan Lake , a ballet in three acts featuring a cast of 75 local dancersWHERE: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts512 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98501WHEN: Friday, May 9, 7:30 pmSaturday, May 10, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pmSunday, May 11, 2:00 pmTICKETS: 360-753-8586 or order online at www.olytix.orgPRICES: Tickets are $14 to$30, plus $3.00 service fee. Student, senior, and youth discounts available. Student Rush tickets go on sale one hour before curtain. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

City Soccer crowns champs this weekend at Lakeside PItch

first_imgThe final ion the Leo’s Men’s Open is Saturday at 3:45 p.m.Meanwhile in the Jackson’s Hole Masters League, Club Inter lost in shootout to Bia Boro.Club Inter held a 4-2 lead before Bia Boro rallied back to tie up the match and win it in shootout.Bia Boro meet Real Nelson in the final after the latter edged Jackson’s Hole 1-0. Vic Commandeur scored the lone goal in the game.The two teams meet Sunday at 3:45 p.m. to determine bragging rights in the Jackson’s Men’s Masters League.Lily Whites tackle Selkirk Eyecare for all the marbles in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Sunday at 2:15 p.m.Lily Whites defeated Red Dog 3-1 while Selkirk Eyecare outlasted Fire Balls 4-1.All games are played at the Lakeside Pitch. There will be no repeats in the men’s side of the Nelson City Soccer Leagues.Both Old Dogs FC and Club Inter were eliminated during semi final action as the City Soccer League winds down.Old Dogs FC looked really old as Kootenay Co-op blasted the defending Leo’s Open Men’s Champs 6-0.The result was a bit of revenge for Co-op, which lost 1-0 to Old Dogs FC in the 2012 final.Co-op meets regular season champ Innkeeper, which advanced to the final by scoring a 3-0 shutout of Nelson U17 Selects.last_img read more

Temple men’s basketball wins two of three games at Orlando Invitational

first_imgSenior guard Quinton Rose dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against La Salle at the Tom Gola Arena on Nov. 16. | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cowan scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Terrapins while shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Smith added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Temple University men’s basketball (6-1) won two of its three matches at the Orlando Invitational Thursday through Sunday. Rose was only one assist away from a triple-double as he recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Temple will return to the Liacouras Center to play against the University of Missouri (4-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Temple rebounded from its loss against Maryland with a 65-42 win against Texas A&M University (3-4) on Friday. The Owls then went on a 25-7 run to end the game and held the Aggies to only one field goal in the final 12 minutes of play. Overall, Temple’s defense held Texas A&M to 22.4 percent from the field. The Owls then came out of halftime on a 17-6 run in the first eight minutes of the second half. The Wildcats’ shooting went cold in the second half where they only scored 20 points. They shot 25 percent from the field and only made one three-point shot out of 15 attempts. Temple jumped out to a 16-7 lead early in the first half after junior forward J.P. Moorman II hit two threes and a two-point shot. Mayland eventually tied the game at 26, but Temple went into halftime with a 34-29 lead after Moore stole the ball and made a driving layup at the buzzer. The Owls were up 60-57 against the Terrapins after senior guard Alani Moore II hit a three-pointer with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in the game. After that, Terrapins senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored five points and assisted on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jalen Smith to put the Terrapins up 65-62 with two minutes and 35 seconds left to play. After Smith’s three-point shot, the Terrapins kept the lead. Temple-Texas A&M The Aggies came out in the second half with a 14-2 run to cut Temple’s lead to 40-35 with more than 10 minutes remaining. Aggies senior forward Josh Nebo was the only player to score in double digits for the Aggies. Nebo led the Aggies with 12 points. Junior guard/forward Savion Flagg scored all nine of his points on threes. Flagg shot 3-of-10 from the field.center_img Junior guard Nate Pierre-Louis led the Owls with 15 points while making 5-of-10 shots from the field. Pierre-Louis also added seven rebounds. Temple concluded its tournament with a 66-53 win against Davidson College (3-5) to finish in fifth place. Temple lost to the University of Maryland (8-0), 76-69, in its first match of the tournament on Thursday. The Terrapins are ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Temple-Maryland Temple started off slow in the first half. The Owls only shot 39 percent from the field and made three shots from behind the arc on 11 attempts. The Wildcats made 46 percent of their shots from the field to take a 33-30 lead into halftime. Moore led the Owls with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Moore also made six of his 10 three-point shots. Moorman added 14 points and nine rebounds while shooting 4-of-8 from the field. Senior guard Quinton Rose contributed with nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Jake Forrester scored six points in 12 minutes in his Temple debut. Forrester had his transfer waiver cleared by the NCAA on Tuesday. The Aggies had an 11-8 lead with 11 minutes and 28 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Owls went on a 24-4 run over the next nine minutes to take a 32-15 lead. The Owls took a 32-18 lead into the locker room. Temple-Davidson Rose led the way for the Owls with 19 points. Rose added six rebounds and four assists while shooting 6-of-14 from the field. Moore scored 14 points while shooting 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Redshirt-junior guard Monty Scott scored 11 points off the bench. Scott also made two three-pointers on four attempts while shooting 4-of-9 from the field. Wildcats sophomore forward Luka Brajkovic led all scorers with 16 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field. Junior guard Carter Collins added 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 from the three-point line. Junior guard Kellan Grady scored 11 points while shooting 3-of-13 from the field. Grady only made one of his six three-point attempts. The rest of the Wildcats scored only 14 points combined. Forrester also scored in double digits, making 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench. Forrester also recorded four rebounds. Scott added eight points and five rebounds off the bench while making two of his four three-point shots.last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT NURSES MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT PROTEST

first_imgThe student nurses from LYIT make their voices heard at the protest yesterday.A group of nursing students from LYIT were among more than 700 student nurses and midwives and supporters who gathered outside Dr.Steeven’s Hospital yesterday for a demonstration against the situation facing them as they graduate.A number of speakers talked about their own personal experiences on the day and the challenges that they face.The USI campaign, which has been initiated by students in third level education studying to become nurses and midwives in the future, seeks to highlight deficiencies in the pay and working conditions of student/intern nurses and midwives. Students say that the initial training rate of €6.49* for intern student nurses/midwives is grossly unfair. Interning nurses and midwives work long shifts and often work just as hard as a full nurse.In many cases, student nurses and midwives are filling the gaps that exist due to what USI believes are staff shortages and overworked busy wards. Students call for the state to pay a fair wage for the work that is carried out during this “Training” phase.Graduate nurses and midwives starting salary is currently €23,129 (85% of the staff starting pay for the first year and 90% in the second year).The group believe that this salary is too low for nurses and midwives after four years of training. Coupled with long hours and an understaffing crisis, many graduates are opting to leave. When benchmarked against other countries, the group say that graduate nurses and midwives start on much higher salaries and have much better supports and further training opportunities available. USI is requesting that Minister James Reilly brings about an increase in pay for the graduate nurse scheme and a conversation to ensue about the increase in the student intern pay.USI President Joe O’Connor said: “Anyone living and working in Ireland is entitled to a living wage; in particular the ones that care for the public. The majority of 2013 graduate nurses and midwives have left Ireland to work abroad. This unfair treatment cannot continue. If it does, we will be left with a problem of epidemic proportions: no nurses or midwives left to work in our hospital wards.“The shortage of staff is already apparent on many wards and the added responsibility left on the shoulders of intern nurses and midwives as they try and learn the ropes. James Reilly needs to understand that when he said “emigrate or work in a fast food service if unhappy”, many graduates took him at his word – and now the situation needs to be rectified”. DONEGAL STUDENT NURSES MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT PROTEST was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldublinLYITproteststudent nurseslast_img read more

Minister brings #RuralOpportunity to Donegal

first_imgMichael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, was today joined by Government colleagues and members of rural communities from Donegal, Sligo and Mayo at a #RuralOpportunity event in Bluestack Hall, Drimarone, Co Donegal.The event was focused on raising awareness of the wide variety of Government supports available to rural areas throughout the region. The event also provided advice on how to access Project Ireland 2040 funding for rural, or community, projects.Minister Ring was joined at the event by Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills and Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development. Groups from rural areas in Donegal, Sligo and Mayo, that have an interest in accessing Government supports, were invited to attend.The audience heard from a number of individuals, from the region, about how funding has enabled them to deliver their successful projects:Included was Pól McFadden, Chairperson of the Falcarragh Parish Development Association spoke about how the delivery of a new community centre was supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the LEADER programme.Speaking at the event, Minister Ring said that the case studies presented at the event are inspiring. He said “Just listening to the people speak here today about how funding for rural projects is strengthening communities and building resilience has certainly inspired me. I hope that these stories will encourage others to apply for funding for their projects. Across Government we have made the supports available to assist projects that are sustainable and will make Ireland a better place for us all.”He added “I think it is particularly appropriate that we are here in Donegal today for this event. Through Project Ireland 2040 we have an extremely ambitious plan for investment in Border regions and I want to take this opportunity today to reassure everyone that supporting communities in the border area is a priority for the Government.”Minister McHugh congratulated Minister Ring on this initiative and also for all of his support for projects here in Donegal.He said “Project Ireland 2040 is a major investment by the Government. We are doing this to make sure that as the population of the country grows we have balanced regional development and rural areas are attractive places for families to live.“We have many skilled and talented people living in rural areas and in order to retain them we have to invest in rural infrastructure. These rural opportunity events show that we are prepared to do that.” Minister brings #RuralOpportunity to Donegal was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcome to the Age of Robot Reporters

first_imgNozzl was founded by a team of ex-newspaper reporters and engineers. They got out when it was clear the newspaper industry was in trouble, but now they aim to give something back by bringing together the real-time, programmatic possibilities of the web with the reporting of the newspapers. Reporters have for decades written programming scripts that repeat database queries over and over again to extract public data for bulk analysis. The Nozzl team has taken that to the next level and combined it with new social media.The company put up a demo page for Portland, Oregon news that anyone can look at today. The public records streams are the big value-add and are fully customizable per newspaper. Visitors can then type live filter terms into the box at the bottom of the widget to zero in on topics of interest to them. That’s the nozzle in Nozzl Media.User Experience is Hard For RobotsUnfortunately, there are two big issues here. First, the flow of Tweets is overwhelming and undifferentiated. On the demonstration site you see almost nothing else unless you can think of something to filter for. If automated Twitter feeds hold value for local news, they will probably require some smart pre-proccessing before being presented to the reading public.There have always been people who like to listen to police radio scanners. Myself, I like to read restaurant health inspection reports, building permit applications and liquor license applications. If Nozzl had some categories I could choose between, that would be very helpful.The second, and more interesting, problem is that the public records that are extracted are exciting in theory but relatively unreadable in practice. The truth is, Nozzl didn’t exactly tell me that there was an unconscious person reported at Nike HQ today – it told me with code from a form that there was an UNCONS/UNRESPONSIVE report at 1 SW Bowerman Drive, in Portland. A little Mad-Libs style transformation of forms into human-readable sentences and some pre-fetching of names associated with addresses could go a long way. Run the name associated with that address through a News search engine and tell me if it’s an entity that’s been reported on in the past – if so then it’s probably high-priority news to push live again. The company needs to put these machine-readable pages it displays into coherent English sentences, or find some other solution. Don’t Forget the HumansAmbulances to Nike’s Headquarters to help someone unconscious today? That sounds like it could be news. Even if the technology presented the information this clearly – it may take a human eye to pick a story like that out of a list of automatically captured ambulance reports. Having a human available to pick up a phone, call Nike HQ and ask who was found unconscious there this afternoon would add another element of value to this data – but that’s not what Nozzl is looking to do. The company is serving up raw data to news consumers.In the end, human reporters and raw robot feeds sound like a great combination. That appears to be what Nozzl is aiming to create by offering its widgets to established news organizations. The company says that a mobile application could be in its future, too. That’s something I’m very excited about. Be it a widget or a mobile app, Nozzl’s robot reporters need more polish before they are ready to win back the hearts of fast-leaving newspaper readers. As a picture of the future, though – Nozzl is very inspiring.Interested in what companies like Nozzl Media mean for the future of the web? Check out our profile of Nozzl and ten other case study companies in our recent research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. One hour ago, three emergency vehicles responded to a report of an unconscious person at the world headquarters of Nike Inc. in Portland, Oregon. How do I know? An automated form-pumping robot from startup company Nozzl Media told me.Nozzl Media today unveiled a demonstration of its first product, a widget intended for newspaper websites seeking to display real-time local information derived from Twitter messages, blog posts and automatically extracted public records like restaurant health inspections, building reports and public safety emergency responses. It’s like a little robot reporter and the company plans on offering it as a mobile app in the future as well. Nozzl raises questions, though, about what constitutes news and whether or not human reporters are expendable in the news process. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Weatherization Funding’s Hot State/Cold State Balance

first_imgStaying warm in the winter uses more energy, generates twice the carbon dioxide, and costs twice as much as staying cool during the summer, according to data compiled by the government’s Energy Information Administration.Accordingly, cold-climate states (many of which also endure hot, muggy summers) have historically gotten the lion’s share of weatherization funds: 84%, versus the 16% share apportioned to warm-climate states. But because the federal government’s $5 billion commitment to weatherization is so large, it triggered the use of a special allotment formula – the result of a political concession made in 1995 to Sun Belt lawmakers – that boosts southern states’ share of weatherization funding to 31%.As a recent New York Times story notes, the South is – potentially, at least – about to trek far more aggressively than ever before into weatherization for low-income households.The tradeoffs of the special allotment formula are certainly not lost on weatherization advocates, especially because it won’t squeeze the most energy-saving benefit from each weatherization dollar. “If you were doing it on a national basis,” Steven Nadel, executive director of the pro-weatherization nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, told the Times, “you’d do the most cost-effective jobs first, which would mean doing a lot in places like the Dakotas and Minnesota.”On the other hand, more people were dying from extreme heat than extreme cold, J. Bennett Johnston, a former Democratic senator from Louisiana who pushed for the revised allotment formula, told the paper. “This was not so much an energy saving proposal,” he said. “It was more of an equity proposal, one that gave attention to public health.”last_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old). We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we talked with Charles Morton, MD. Dr. Morton is a Developmental Pediatrician at a major hospital in Urbana, IL. Dr. Morton retired as a colonel in the Air Force after over twenty years of service. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I see children who have delays, autism, behavior issues, complex ADHD, Down syndrome, and other chronic and physical disabilities.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I really enjoy meeting with the families and interacting with the children.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.I spent 22 years active duty in the Air Force, so my heart is really with military families and the stresses they face.How did you come to work with military families?I got an Air Force Scholarship to medical school and stayed for a career. Now the closest military base is over a hundred miles away, but we have reserve and guard families and just some military families who live here in Central Illinois.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.With every family with a direct military connection – they are dependents – there is an instant bond and feeling of well-being knowing they have a physician who has lived their life to some degree and understands their often-difficult situation. Because some families are so removed from the military, the spouse doesn’t often realize the benefits they can access, even TRICARE insurance in some cases.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.While TRICARE (military insurance program) makes it easy to access services, payment for TRICARE services is rather meager, which reduces the degree of access to some doctors. This makes me sad because these families are under a lot of stress that most civilians do not understand.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?The similarity is that they have the same health concerns, but the difference is that they have specialized massive stress related to the actual or potential deployment of the military member. Sometimes military families have better access to healthcare than some families, but often theirs is more limited, and the families have little understanding of the different TRICARE health plans.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school? It would be wonderful if we were somehow notified that the military member was going to be gone so we could find a way to ease the family’s access to our systems.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.I saw a family here in the states that had a permanent change of station to overseas. This family had an Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) need that arose after they arrived overseas. They had to request an EFMP family reassignment, which was challenged within the service member’s chain of command, but was eventually allowed to occur.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Young military families are often as alone as their civilian counterparts and often just have to be pointed in the right direction to make something happen. More experienced families have learned a lot about networking,If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?When I left the military 10 years ago I was surprised by how little the civilian health care system worked together. The military is all about teamwork. Individuals in the civilian sector are often left to their own devices to determine what they need and to procure those resources. That is not something military families have had to do within the military healthcare system.The civilian population recognizes that military families are under extra stress and there is a strong feeling that resources should be provided to them. How military families are able to find those resources is a problem. If those of us within the civilian health care system could establish a better network of care for our military families, including medical and community resources, then that might be a great help. Networking is how a lot of services are found.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have a network of current and former military developmental pediatricians that I can tap when I have a question about a child, a parent, a service or a system. Of course there can be no HIPAA violations, but general information can be of great help. A more direct link that would allow for HIPAA information to be shared with the military EFMP or health care system would be helpful. However, this is perhaps impossible.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more