PACER Center’s National Family Advocacy and Supports Training (FAST) Project will provide family support leadership training to families of children with disabilities in the United States and territories. Through the development and dissemination of 4 training curriculum, families of children with disabilities from diverse racial and linguistic groups, families in poverty, those living in rural and urban areas, military families, and other underserved families will increase their ability to advocate for family support services and influence systems change. The FAST Project’s four new curricula will address topics relating to Employment, Sexuality and Youth Development, Advocating for Your Family, and Strategies for Systems Change. Parent Training and Information Centers and other national dissemination networks will assist in providing information to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them in every state.
This project is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The Administration on Developmental Disabilities is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Administration is to improve and increase services to and assure that individuals with developmental disabilities have opportunities to make their own choices, contribute to society, have supports to live independently, and are free of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation and violations of their legal and human rights.