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Principles, Goals and
            Examples of Family Support


  • All individuals are part of families
  • Family is defined by each individual
  • We all need support
  • Each individual and family is unique and has the right to services and supports from people who appreciate their strengths while respecting their differences
  • Individuals gain most benefit when their supports and services include family members
  • The priorities and expressed needs of individuals in the context of families drive services
  • Healthy individuals and families do not live in isolation
  • Include as many family members as possible in discussions and goal setting


  • gain skills and information to effectively cope with their family member’s disability
  • use community resources to address family concerns and priorities
  • improve communication between families and service providers
  • learn how to advocate for services
  • strengthen support networks

Examples of Family Support

  • Access to information and resources
  • Education programs for parents, caregivers, siblings and individuals with disabilities
  • Support groups and networking opportunities
  • Recreation and leisure programs
  • Parenting programs
  • Counseling
  • Community activities that include all family members
  • Respite care