This session is intended for family members and service providers, so the participants should represent both groups. Also, it is especially important to have this session co-facilitated by a family member of a child with a disability and a service provider, both of whom are currently acting in leadership positions and modeling family-service provider partnerships.
In this session, participants consider the diverse ways that families of infants and toddlers with disabilities can be leaders in their own family with their children, in programs, and in communities. The video provides examples of how relationships and supports between families and service providers can affect opportunities for family leadership. Session activities give participants an opportunity to consider strategies to open doors to family leadership as informed decision-makers for their own children and for themselves; as supports to other families; and as systems-level advocates and decision-makers to effect legislative, procedural, and systems changes.
Opening Doors to Family Leadership
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Office of Head Start
Program Option: Center-Based
Age Group: Preschoolers
Audience: Teachers and Caregivers
Last Updated: February 2, 2023