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Topical Brief: What is Family Support?

May 2015

The need for family support, especially for families of individuals with severe disabilities, has been on the rise. With more families being called upon to provide care giving in their homes, an estimated 78% of all individuals with developmental disabilities now live with family members. Policies to promote family support rely on research showing the effectiveness of family support activities; that research rests on a foundation that specifies the operational definition of family support.

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