massfamilies awarded Flutie Foundation for Autism 2023 signature grant

Imagine Better awarded 2023 Signature Grant from Flutie Foundation for Autism

Last week, MassFamilies was honored to be part of the Flutie Foundation for Autism Holiday Spectacular and it was a wonderful event. MassFamilies Imagine Better initiative was awarded the Signature Grant again for next year! The Imagine Better program was launched to address access, equity, and belonging within the Black, Indigenous, and people of color […]

family leaders in action SPECIAL EDITION The Awakened Winners (We Already Won)

Family Leaders in Action SPECIAL EDITION

We interrupt the mundane this week to bring you this special edition of our MassFamilies Family Leaders in Action. You may already recognize her, but we’d like to introduce you to Loida Love Dominguez. Loida is a Family Leadership Series graduate and strong voice for parents of children with disabilities in Massachusetts (and beyond). We […]

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Person-centered living arrangements: Three things you can do now to get started

Over the past several months, MFOFC explored alternatives to conventional models of long-term living arrangements for people with disabilities through the Housing Webinar Series that recently concluded. We shared stories about families who have successfully created living arrangements or housing through the process of person-centered planning for their children.  Here’s what we learned. It is […]

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The Time is Now for Person-centered Living Arrangements

Webinar series on housing wraps up this month Since September (well before the pandemic), our webinar series on housing set out to explore the benefits of person-centered living arrangements for people with disabilities. Parents and practitioners shared examples of the person-centered approach to creating living arrangements that empower adults with disabilities to live independently or […]

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A look at Mainstreet, an inclusive housing project

The services cliff and its impact Parents face considerable anxiety as adult children with disabilities encounter the services cliff – an end to support services – when transitioning from high school. A lack of access to support services for young adults at this critical juncture often translates to unfavorable prospects in higher education, employment and […]

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Imagining Better: Person-Centered Planning and Living Arrangements

Here at MFOFC, we are driven by the vision of empowerment for individual and family support that includes planning, choices and decision-making. Person-centered planning is very much in line with this vision, as it puts the individual at the center, helping them develop a vision, plan for their future and foster an environment to help […]