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?
May 17, 2013
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) has funded the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services in partnership with UMKC Institute for Human Development, National Association of Councils for Developmental Disabilities, and Human Resource Services Institute to host a five year Community of Practice. The purpose of the grant is to identify and implement policies and practices that will serve as a national framework for states to use to support families with members with I/DD across the lifespan.
A Community of Practice is a learning environment for an intensive exploration into current policy, practices, trends and barriers. Specifically for this project, five states will be the focus of the Community of Practice with the learning being shared with the entire nation. In addition to these five states, Missouri will collaborate as the demonstration state for the project. Each state will form a team that is facilitated jointly by the state I/DD service system office and the state Council on Developmental Disabilities with additional membership from self-advocacy and family organizations, university, education, aging and other organizations interested in this topic.
The five states selected to form the Community of Practice are:
This Community of Practice is designed to include ideas, innovations and recommendations not only from the states identified but from the broader community. Below are just a few of the proposed broader learning exchange opportunities that we hope you will participate in:
Building a National Agenda for Supporting Families with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities: Wingspread Final Report
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For more information on supporting families, check out familysupportagenda.org
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For more information or questions about our Community of Practice, please contact:
Mary Lee Fay