FAMILIES TOGETHER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Location: 103 S. Polk Moscow ID 83843 USA

Mission: Families Together provides families with resources and supports that build and maintain strong healthy families who can work together to improve the lifelong outcomes for children and adults disabilities.
Programs: Family Enrichment Weekends for all family members. Workshops and Home Visits on Special Ed Law, Children who Challenge, and working with schools.Information in a Box - resources delivered to families by volunteer advocates.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I started with Families Together when my son was 4. (He has Autism) He is now almost 16. When we started he was barely verbal, needed two people to chase him at FAmily Enrichment Weekends, and was always sneaking up to steal the microphones. He is now in all regular classes, just started drivers ed (Yikes!)and actually helps run the families enrichment weekends. He gaines so much by being involved with this org. and so did the rest of the family! They taught us how to deal with James' Autism and how to advocate for what he needs! They helped us in the schools and in the community! Behavior is communication and Families Together is FANTASTIC!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have two children who are healthy and strong because of this organization. They gave me the skills to be able to raise my Autistic child without going crazy! They taught me how to deal with the challenges and how to advocate for my son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make this a nation wide organization and make the family enrichment weekends a week long event!! These are the most empowering events, for the kids and the adults. You come away with a sense of knowing what you need to do. You have a direction!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

When James was younger it was the only place I felt accepted. No matter what James' behavior was, they were OK with it. He had autism, and they knew what that meant, more than I did. They helped me learn to help James without feeling like I had to hide

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Understanding, caring, easy to relate to. Parents with the same stories. People who had been through the things I was going through.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more weekends and reach more people. Build a center where people could come every weekend and continue to learn. Be able to work on teenage social skills. Have our own place and not have to relocate all our stuff!

Ways to make it better...

We could do it every month. If these same people could help others understand about Autism. Like employers, and teachers, and other college kids.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. No money means no weekends. Continuity. Mostly done by volunteers. No continuity in volunteers. Most of the volunteers are retirement age. Need young paid people to carry on.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is for all disable people, not just Autism. All people need acceptance and understanding. Behavior is communication, look at what they are doing and figure out why...just don't say they are being bad. Positive behavioral supports!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am a parent with a disability who has adopted 2 children with disabilities. Over the last 17 years Families Together has helped us with so many things that we did not know about raising children with disabilities. They've come to I.E.P.'s, talked on the phone, come to ur home, provided information and training and whatever else we have needed. I am so glad that I now get the opportunity to help others in the same way we have been helped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My marriage and family life. There can be a lot of stress when you are raising children with disabilities and Families Together has helped keep our family together!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to volunteer for them and help others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide support for more families and bring them together to support one another as often as we wanted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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