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MFOFC Family Leadership Series: Deadline January 31st, 2017

The Westin, Waltham, MA

Metro Boston Family Leadership Series: Deadline January 31st

The Family Leadership Series is funded by the Department of Developmental Series and hosted by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change and Riverside. This annual Family Leadership Series focuses on providing families with the vision, knowledge, and leadership skills they need to create a life for their loved ones to live in their communities as naturally and typically as desired.

Applications from families with children or adult family members of any age with any disability who are Department of Developmental Services eligible are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 can advocate at the local and state level to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The Family Leadership Series is organized into three, two-day workshops.

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/care cost for family members is arranged on an as needed basis.

Families who attend the Series are required to do the following:

To attend each of the two-day sessions

To participate in activities/experiences during the sessions and to complete assignments/reading between each session.

The Series will be held at, at the Waltham Westin Hotel, 70 Third Avenue Waltham, MA.


The dates are:

All day-Friday Saturday, February 10th  & 11th (Includes overnight Friday at the hotel)

All day-Friday Saturday, March 10th &  11th (Includes overnight Friday at the hotel)

All day-Friday Saturday, April 7th & 8th (Includes overnight Friday at the hotel)


Deadline for applications is January 31, 2017

Families who have completed the Series have had a tremendous impact on systems change for families and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts. Family members have been active in policy and decision making locally, regionally and statewide and some have decided to do legislative advocacy work. Some families have been involved in community organizing and advocacy on a local level. Others have used their talents and skills to create change for their child with a disability and/or their families.

To fill out an application on-line please use this link;

Contact for questions:

Lauri Medeiros

Metro Boston Regional Coordinator

Mass Families Organizing for Change