Development of a Strategic Plan for Family Support Research

Sandra Magaña, PI; Brian Grossman, Co-PI

Because families are very involved in supporting people with disabilities, it is important to expand research on family support to better understand their experiences across the life course and from an ecological and sociocultural perspective. The first step is to assess the level of research that has been conducted on family support and identify gaps in research. Since 2014, the Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) has been developing a strategic research plan in the area of Family Support while engaging stakeholders (families of individuals with disabilities, service professionals, policy makers, researchers, activists, and persons with disabilities) in the research process, using participatory research method. We used feedback from stakeholders to identify key elements of Family Support related research and form relevant research questions. Below are a list of steps taken and the products of these research efforts.

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