ERIC Number: ED442229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Learning about Community Support for the Families of Children with Disabilities. Reflections on the Local Liaison Learning Group. Parent Leadership Program.
The Parent Leadership Program team that created and facilitated a Local Liaison Learning Group between September 1998 and November 1999 gathered in mid-January 2000 to discuss what they had learned. The Learning Group was thought of by the Parent Leadership Program team as an applied research setting for investigating the conditions that support or undermine change in families of children with disabilities and their communities. The compilation of a learning history, designed to capture Learning Group participants' views of their local projects at four points in the project years, describes a process intended to support change and intervention which mostly did not occur, because of the inability of project teams to overcome the barriers to taking any sustained and broad-based action to influence their communities. The learning process did, however, contain important lessons for people concerned about improving family support and creating effective parent-professional partnerships. Lessons were learned also about the difficulty of acting creatively outside the boundaries of established roles and practices. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Attitude Change, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Children, Community Change, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Groups, Parent Associations, Performance Factors, Social Change, Teamwork
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-2280. For full text: http://soeweb.syr.edu/thechp.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Note: Produced with Bryn Fortune, Sharon Dietrich, John Blough, and Nancy Peeler.