Question of the Month

Involving individuals and their families is interwoven throughout the guiding framework of the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with I/DD.  It is evident as a catalyst for systems change but it can also be a new way of doing business within systems.

This month’s discussion question is:

How do states fund family and self-advocacy positions in the state service system?  Or support positions and/or organizations to encourage/facilitate innovation to occur?

You can comment on this post to give the CoP feedback or email us at  We will share your feedback with the state teams and the followers of the CoP to help foster even more learning about supporting families.

Framework for Systems Change, revised June 2014

Framework for Systems Change, revised June 2014


Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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