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Family Support Center

Our Family Support Center offers services to adults and children with developmental disabilities living with their families. These supports include respite care, recreational activities, provision of adaptive equipment, skill training, and specialized staff support.

Learn more at: www.riversidefamilysupport.org

Family Leadership Program

The Family Leadership Program at Riverside helps families to develop a vision and to advocate for their family member with an intellectual or developmental disability. We work in partnership with MassFamilies (massfamilies.org) a statewide, grassroots coalition dedication to individual and family support. Our family leadership programs provide families with valuable opportunities to increase their knowledge about services and supports; to advocate effectively for their family member (as well as influence policy making at the local and state); and to connect families.

We offer three core programs:

Advocacy Bootcamp is a training intended for primary caregivers of young children (birth to age 10) with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or complex medical needs. The content focuses on building foundational advocacy skills so that participants can empower their children to lead rich and meaningful lives.

A Full Life Ahead is a series of monthly workshops for parents and guardians of young adults living with disability. The series focuses on transition, employment, housing, friendships, and other topics that will lead to independent, full lives in the community for young adults with disabilities.

The Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change Family Leadership Series empowers families and individuals to live and engage in their communities. Families with children or adult family members of any age with any disability who are eligible for services from the Department of Developmental Services are encouraged to apply. The Family Leadership Series has a three-fold purpose: to offer information about “best practices” for people with disabilities; to assist families in creating a vision for their family member and a process to achieve this vision through leadership and advocacy; and to develop family leaders who will advocate at the local and state level to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

For more information or to enroll in any of these programs, families in the Metro Boston area are welcome to contact Lauri Medeiros at LMedeiros@riversidecc.org and families in the Northeast area are welcome to contact O. Sophia Johansson at  OJohansson@riversidecc.org.