Family Experiences: Ways to Lead Change Through Telling Your Story

Storytelling  is a powerful means of sharing a message or coping with a struggle. This article teaches family members how to share their stories of raising children with disabilities as a means of advocating for themselves. The details provide step-by-step instruction regarding effective storytelling.

The following article is provided courtesy of The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).

Stories help us connect. Stories also reveal the details, the impact of systems on the daily lives of families and children. They are a powerful way to develop relationships among parents and professionals. These stories are what connect us to our work and to each other in meaningful ways. They deepen our understanding of individual and shared experiences. Stories often spur change in systems that seem impossible to understand. They can also help clarify disagreements...

This edition of the Early Childhood Bulletin will focus on ways parents can shape their stories so that key themes are emphasized and improvements are made within a program or system. We’ll cover some of the key issues to consider in preparing and presenting a story. We've also included some additional resources to consider if you wish to pursue this topic. More>> [PDF, 88KB]

Family Experiences: Ways to Lead Change Through Telling Your Story. Gabbard, Glenn. The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. ED/OSERS/OSEP. 1998. English. [PDF, 88KB].

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Last Updated: October 6, 2014