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Recent Special Projects currently at the Family Support Program:
Strengthening Military Families with Children Who Have Developmental Disabilites-Onestop Family Support (September 29, 2009 through November 30, 2012). This project established an evidence-based model of peer support for military families with children who have developmental disabilities. This multi-level approach engaged families, local communities, and state-level organizations in developing an integrated civilian-military family support system to ensure that formal and informal support was available to military families with children who have developmental disabilities in the Camp Lejeune area. Additional activities raised public awareness of the needs of military families across the state. This project was funded by the US Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Project of National Significance.
PREParation for Emergencies and Recovery: Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families (October 1, 2010 through November 30, 2012). This project addressed the critical need for individual preparedness for emergency situations by engaging individuals with disabilities, their families, community members, and state and national organizations to prepare for and recover from emergency situations. An Internet-based process for completing emergency (PREP) plans was established, and workshops were offered across North Carolina, attended by individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and emergency responders. Participants considered the issues together, and learned how to develop their own PREP plans. In addition, a unique partnership was developed with PLAN!T NOW to address national issues, and planning groups were established at the state and national levels to promote and plan for ongoing emergency preparedness. This project was funded by the US Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Project of National Significance.
Strengthening Families with Children who have Developmental Disabilities: OneStop for Family Support (September 30, 2004 through September 29, 2009) This project established an effective model for building a collaborative, coordinated system for serving and supporting families with children who have special needs. An integrated approach was developed to work with families to identify their needs, define their goals, and facilitate access to formal and informal community resources. Activities focused on serving families with children who have developmental disabilities in Forsyth County, North Carolina. This project was funded by the US Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as a Project of National Significance.