Focusing on Families

About Family Focus Project

Families can be an important to people with disabilities throughout their lives. Families can be defined in many different ways. Families need resources and support to assist them in their role. Families tell us they want to be connected to information, support and assistance that helps them plan for their family member’s future.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services values input from families and is interested in learning more about your experiences about life planning for your family member and how you connect and learn from other families. This will build on the work being done to improve supports for families across the state.

We are hosting listening sessions for families who are supporting a family member with a disability. Families will have the chance to tell us what resources for life planning and connecting families are most important to them.

Share your experiences.

We are interested in hearing from families who have children with a disability, including families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and members of tribal nations.

Listening sessions will be held in various locations around Minnesota during late March and April. Family member participants will receive a stipend in the form of a prepaid Visa gift card.

To learn about listening session dates, times, and locations and to RSVP for a session, please go to Listening Sessions Schedule or call 612-624-1297.

A collection of planning materials to help people with disabilities and their families think about what they need to know at any age or stage of life, including how to find or develop supports and discover what it takes to live the lives they choose. Learn more about available tools and resources here.

A free statewide resource network offering tools and services to make it easier to find solutions, navigate systems and plan for the future-a true "hub" of support.

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We hope you are able to join us for these important l conversations, and share your experiences about

resources and connecting with families in Minnesota.

Direct questions to—

Barb Kleist, kleis041@umn.edu, 612-624-1297 or

Sarah Hall, hall1964@umn.edu, 612-624-4847