At the request of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), the National Council on Disability (NCD) conducted a study to systematically examine the challenges experienced by this segment of the USMC community and to identify steps toward ameliorating these challenges. ICF International conducted this study and drafted the report, in collaboration with the National Organization on Disability. The objectives of this study were to:
- Document the experiences of USMC families with members with disabilities in accessing appropriate and effective services in health care, special education and related services, and long-term supports and services;
- Identify barriers impeding access to appropriate resources; and
- Develop recommendations to improve access.
NCD conducted focus groups and interviews of caretakers, family members with disabilities, and service providers between January and March 2010 at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Camp Lejeune, and Camp Pendleton—large USMC bases to which many Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families are assigned.