Family Leadership Series
Since 1990, MFOFC has provided the Family Leadership Series to empower families and individuals to live and engage in their communities.
The first MFOFC Family Leadership Series took place in Southeastern Massachusetts from October 1990 to March 1991.
As a result of this successful leadership training, the Family Leadership Series is now sponsored annually in Massachusetts by the five regional chapters of MFOFC: Central, Metro Boston, Northeast, Southeast and West.
The Family Leadership Series has a three-fold purpose:
- Offer information about “best practices” for people with disabilities.
- Assist families in creating a vision for their family member and a process to achieve the vision by incorporating that information.
- Develop family leaders who will advocate at the local and state level to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The Family Leadership Series focuses on:
INITIATIVE & LEADERSHIP
Background of the Family Support Movement; leadership, advocacy, and the significance of self-advocacy; how to effectively advocate for change, ways to influence funding and delivery systems
CREATING A VISION
Families are supported to “imagine better” and create a vision with a for their family members that will guide their leadership and advocacy.
How to develop partnerships between professionals and families and use legislative change to procure resources and enact system-wide change.
What Families are Saying about the Series
The uniqueness of it (the Family Leadership Series) was learning to frame things differently; especially we learned a lot on the vision. The vision you have for your child and your family and your situation was something I didn't really think to do and to really create that roadmap between where you are now and how to reach that vision... the weekend that we had spent... where we discussed vision and roadmap, everyone left there excited and enthused to really go out there and do it because... it was possible and doable.
“It was just over a year ago that I took part in the MFOFC Family Leadership Series. I’ve wanted to thank you so many times for helping me to discover the tools I needed (or already had, but didn’t know) to believe in myself and in my ability to better advocate for my daughter and many others.”
“The Mass Families Leadership Series was an eye-opening experience that changed my life on some many levels. It provided me with concrete steps to “grow” as an effective advocate, mother, and most importantly, as a human being. More importantly, I gained a community of people committed to creating, advocating, and supporting the legislative aspect of what it takes to fund those services our family members require. I encourage any of you that might be considering participating in the Mass Family Leadership Series to go for it!!!!!!”
“Wow. The understanding, discovery and empowerment that I gained from this series, the leaders as well as the other participants, has had a lasting effect on me and now my community. Learning how to effect positive change and focusing on what I can do was energizing. Now I have new skills and direction. All the amazing participants and speakers inspired me. If you get the opportunity, do it. I wish I could do it again! Pat of Stoughton To be honest, I expected to find the Family Leadership Workshops depressing. Boy was I wrong! They were not anything like a touchy-feely support group. The leaders and the activities were wonderfully helpful and I learned a lot. Moreover, the other participants were people I was happy to be with, one of the most intelligent groups I’ve interacted with in a long time.”
“The Family Leadership Series was a total game-changer for me and had a tremendous positive ripple effect not only for my child with special needs, but my entire family. Each segment, from leadership to creating a vision to advocacy opened my mind to a completely new way of being. It was as if I had been given a roadmap where before I was simply overwhelmed, exhausted and confused. I left the series feeling powerful, inspired and connected to myself, my child, my new friends and the greater community. My husband attended too and I feel like it brought us closer together. All I can say is, if you’re thinking of doing it – do it. You will earn the time and energy back many times over.”
“Extraordinary, moving, touching and inspiring. I learned about the history of the family movement in the disability world, the true power of a vision for our loved ones, and my critical voice in the legislative process. You really can… ‘Be the change you want to see’ (Mahatma Gandhi)”
“The Leadership Series not only educated me, it made me think differently. It was great to leave with our visions – I am convinced that there will be a better future!”