A Community Coming Together to Support Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Project for Family Support 360 Final Report

A Community Coming Together to Support Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families: Project for Family Support 360 Final Report (2007). Heller,T., Connolly, K. & Lacey, B.  Chicago: Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago.

This report describes the development and outcomes of a one-stop center that meets the information and support needs of unserved and under-served Chicago area Latino families of children and adults with developmental disabilities.  The center is a unique family driven model that demonstrates how advocacy training enabled these families to obtain long-term funding to sustain the center's operations. This report is available in English and Spanish.

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The Illinois Family Support 360 Center Plan
“What I would change is that right now there isn’t a center where the people of Cicero and Berwyn can go. We don’t have help. What I would change would be for them to open an office that really helps us because we really need it.” - Family Focus Group Participant

Why is a Center Needed?
In the last ten years, the communities of Berwyn and Cicero have experienced a dramatic growth in their Latino population, without a concurrent increase in services to meet their needs, especially for families of persons with developmental disabilities (DD). They present a significant and growing need for bicultural and bilingual supportive services that address the unmet needs of the individual with DD while providing information, referral and linkage services that foster improved family stability.

How Did a Grassroots Approach Guide the Family-Driven Plan?
Combining experience and expertise in family support, Community Support Services (CSS) and the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (IDHD at UIC) partnered together to respond to the needs of these families. Through funds from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (#HHS-2004-ACF-ADD-DN- 0003), we have forged a dynamic plan for a one-stop Center to respond to what these families need and want.

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