THE UNIQUE ROLE OF FAMILY:
Families represent the very heart of life throughout the lifespan.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN:
Our families must be encouraged and supported early on in their children’s lives to hope, dream, and reach for the future.
KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES:
Families want to feel strong so they can provide for and support their loved ones.
Families value mentoring as a strong component to informing and supporting families.
Good communication involves everyone working toward common goals, respecting one another in partnership.
RESPECT AND TRUST:
Respect must be granted to families, their values and beliefs, homes, and privacy.
CHOICE AND CONTROL:
Families seek freedom, on behalf of their family members, to make responsible and personal choices in all aspects of life.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: People should be safe at home, work, school, and in the community.
SIMPLICITY AND FLEXIBILITY: Families value a simplified and transparent system that is easy to access, understand, and navigate.
QUALITY AND STABILITY:
Families value quality supports and services that enable people to live everyday lives.
Along with self advocates, family members must be part of the discussion, planning, and creation of every element of the service system.
OPPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATION:
Families support innovative, creative approaches that can be the key to truly person-centered solutions and often offer the most cost-efficient solutions.