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I-Team Family Resources Consultants' Top 5 Requests from Families for 2013-2014

Family Support

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The Family Resource Consultants (FRCs) perform outreach to families of I-Team referred students, and are available to provide ongoing support and technical assistance. Additionally, the FRCs provide information to other families and professionals in our regions upon request.

For 2013/2014 the top 5 requests identified by families have been:
  1. Navigating Special Ed Process
  2. Family Information, Support and Training
  3. Finding Resources for Families
  4. Transition Planning and Life Planning
  5. Navigating Medicaid
(Please note that these are not in order of importance or number of requests.)

1. Navigating Special Ed Process

  • Assisting families in understanding the special education process
  • Sharing strategies regarding effective communication
  • Providing information about: Collaborative Teaming (in meetings and decision making); COACH (Choosing Outcomes And Accommodations for Children), MAPS (Making Action Plans for Students), advocating for your child, Conflict Resolution process

2. Family Information, Support and Training

  • Providing family support throughout the special education proces
  • Encouraging family participation
  • Promoting networking among families/support groups
  • Providing trainings/disseminating workshop and webinar Information

3. Finding Resources for Families

  • Directing families to the Agency of Education’s Website (Vermont Special Education Rules, Parental Rights, Transition Planning, etc.)
  • Identifying and facilitating access to funding resources: Respite, Flexible Family Funding, Children’s Personal Care Services, Assistive Technology, AAC Devices, home accessibility modifications, eye glasses, adaptive vans (limited funding available for vans), conference funding, start-up support group funds
  • Identifying resources for recreational activities: Adaptive Ski & Sport, Adaptive Riding, AMBUCS, Special Olympics, Camps, Etc.
  • Providing information on disability specific resources (Autism, Down Syndrome, Angelman, Deafblindness, Vision Impaired, Mobility Impaired)
  • Providing information about The Continence Project
  • Ensuring families know about Vermont Family Network (supporting parent matches, recorded webinars, Fact Sheets, Annual Conference, workshops, Autism Resources, etc.)
  • Giving information about Assistive Technology Program and Tryout Centers, Get AT Stuff, etc.
  • NCDB (National Center on Deaf Blindness) and VABVI

4. Transition Planning and Life Planning

  • Explaining SSI Benefit
  • Explaining Developmental Disability Waivers (Eligibility, Designated Agencies, Specialized Agencies, Self and Family Management, ARIS Budgets)
  • Providing information about post-secondary education (Think College, Succeed Program, Step Program, etc.)
  • Explaining Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Explaining guardianship and alternatives to guardianship
  • Providing information about Green Mountain Self Advocates

5. Navigating Medicaid

  • Providing assistance with obtaining needed supports and items (i.e., briefs/diapers through local suppliers) using Medicaid
  • Understanding Medicaid’s appeals process
  • Understanding budgets (Children’s Personal Care Services, Developmental Waivers)
  • Providing ideas for caregiver recruitment (ideas for advertising and getting the word out)

Submitted by Vermont I-Team FRCs (5.13.2014)

Last modified June 10 2014 03:03 PM

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