Tennessee update

Meeting Needs Without Missing a Beat in Tennessee

Laura Doutre, from the Tennessee Community of Practice Team, presents at the 2014 National Respite conferenceLaura Doutre, from the Tennessee Community of Practice Team, presented at the 2014 National Lifespan Respite Conference on the Community Innovation Panel. Her presentation outlined a new vision for supporting families and brought home the importance of supporting families and individuals with ID/DD through integrated supports. View materials from the presentation and watch the video of the panel here: http://www.arch.memberlodge.org/2014ConfProgram#CommunityInnovations

Supporting Families Lunch & Learn

The Tennessee state CoP team hosted their second lunch and learn around supporting families. The second lunch and learn specifically focused on sustaining and expanding peer support networks. Peer support means connecting all members of the family to others, not just parents, and have acknowledged the spectrum of supports that are available, from casual to formal. Peer support can include: supporting emotional needs, recommending community resources, sharing stories of challenges and success, proving mentorship, building relationships, and increasing access to the community.



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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