Hosted at The Westin Waltham
70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA, US, 02451
The 2018 Metro Boston Family Leadership Series application is now available and will begin on February 9, 2018
The Family Leadership Series has a three-fold purpose. The first is to offer information about “best practices” for people with disabilities. The second is to assist families in creating a vision for their family member and a process to achieve the vision by incorporating that information. The third is developing family leaders who will advocate at the local and state level to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The Series focuses on:
Initiative and Leadership – family members are given information on the background of the family support movement, leadership, advocacy and the significance of self-advocacy, how to effectively advocate for change and ways to influence funding and delivery systems.
Creative, Progressive and Innovative Ways to Provide Support – how to help our family members and our families to live quality lives. A number of presenters offer their perspectives on a broad range of topics: Inclusion in schools; supported employment; positive practices; community living and family support.
Creating A Vision – families are supported to “imagine better” and to create a vision, with and for their family members, that guides their leadership and advocacy. What advocacy is necessary to ensure the visions that are developed and what is effective advocacy.
Policy Making at the Local, State and Federal Level – family members receive information on how to develop networks with professionals and families, how to access and control resources that affect family stress and satisfaction and how to use legislative change to procure resources.
Food and overnight lodging for each family is paid for by the Department of Developmental Services and other state agencies, organizations and businesses. Respite or child care funding for family members is arranged on an as needed basis.
Return your application by email, fax or mail no later than January 31, 2018
|February 9 & 10|
|March 2 & 3|
|April 13 & 14|
|The Westin Waltham
70 Third Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Lauri Medeiros, Metro Boston Regional Coordinator
45 Lexington Street
Everett, MA 02149
Metro Boston Outreach Coordinator Meri Viano
By calling 508-612-4051 or
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