Family Support Forums

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF FAMILY SUPPORT!

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS), together with local Citizen
Advisory Boards and Family Support Centers, wants to hear your ideas about
the future of Family Support services in Massachusetts.

A series of statewide meetings will be held to give families an opportunity
to talk about what they need to support their family member at home and in
their community. We need to hear from you about what’s working, what’s not
working and what’s missing that would make your family’s life better.

It’s critical that we hear directly from you so that a plan for the future
can be developed that really reflects your needs. This is not a
presentation but an opportunity for us to listen to you and learn more about
what you need. We encourage you to attend one of these meetings and make
your voice heard.

PLEASE COME

Here’s a list of the meetings planned throughout Massachusetts. If you need
an ASL or language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact the
individual listed with the forum.

REGION DATE TIME LOCATION

Southeast
11/07/2011
5:00 – 7:00pm
People Inc Family Advocacy & Support Ctr
170 Pleasant St., Fall River, MA
Contact: Bob Hebda (508)730-1209

Southeast
11/09/2011
5:30 -7:30pm
Nemasket Group
56 Bridge St., Fairhaven, MA
Contact: Phil Tully (508) 992-1848

Agencies and organizations supporting this effort include Advocates for
Autism of Massachusetts, the Arc of Massachusetts, the Association of
Developmental Disability Providers, the DDS Family Support Council, the DDS
Statewide Advisory Council, the Federation for Children with Special Needs,
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, Massachusetts Alliance for 21st
Century Policy, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council,
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Massachusetts Families Organizing for
Change.

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