National Community of Practice: Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan




The Supporting Families project involves working with six states to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The Supporting Families project is operated under a five year grant awarded to NASDDDS by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) beginning October 2012. Grant partners include University of Missouri Kansas City-Institute on Human Development (UMKC-IHD), Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and the National Association of Councils of Developmental Disabilities (NACDD).



The Goal of Supporting Families


The overall goal of supporting families, with all of their complexity, strengths and unique abilities is so they can best support, nurture, love and facilitate opportunities for the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life for their family members (AIDD National Agenda on Family Support Conference, 2011).


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What is new with the Community of Practice?


February 19, 2014


Joining Forces: Supporting Family-Professional Partnerships Conference in Oklahoma


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Wingspread Final Report


Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Wingspread Final Report


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