The Community of Practice for Supporting Families uses the LifeCourse Principles and philosophy. The core belief is “ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE, LOVE, WORK, PLAY AND PURSUE THEIR LIFE ASPIRATIONS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.”
The overall goal of supporting families, with all of their complexity, strengths and unique abilities, is "so they can best support, nurture, love and facilitate opportunities for the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life for their family members (AIDD National Agenda for Family Support Conference, 2011)." We believe that all families need three types of support, emotional, informational and day-to-day supports in order to have a trajectory to a good life. The Charting the LifeCourse tools help facilitate training, discussion and visions for a good life.
Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities began in 2012, with six states receiving a five year grant awarded to NASDDDS (National Associations of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services) by the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).
Oklahoma was part of the original grantees. Oklahoma’s team consist of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council, Oklahoma Department of Human Services – Developmental Disabilities Services and the Center for Learning and Leadership, OK UCEDD.
Additional partners are the Oklahoma Family Network, Bios Corp, Sooner SUCCESS, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitative Services, Oklahoma Autism Network, Department of Human Services – Adult and Family Services, and the Edmond Public Schools.
For more information about the national CoP project you can visit www.supportstofamilies.org
For more information or to download more Charting the LifeCourse tools you can visit www.lifecoursetools.com
If you want more information or to have one of the Oklahoma team come train, please contact:
Wanda Felty, Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator
Phone: 405-271-4500 ext. 41004