August 2022
Have You Heard...
These parents were a part of our Finding Your Footing Series, and you could be too!

The Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project (EIPLP) is excited to offer our next Finding Your Footing (FYF): Using Your Family’s Experience to Improve Systems series.

Finding Your Footing is a beginner leadership series for families who are on, or who have been on, an EI journey with their child and family. Curious? Click the FYF Flyer link to learn more!

Sessions begin with an orientation in September and meet one Saturday morning a month through June. If you're interested, be sure to apply by September 1st. Space is limited.

For more information, email
"I first heard of the Finding Your Footing (FYF) Leadership Series while reading a Parent Contact Update in February of 2021. As a mom of three kids, one of whom is medically complex and has multiple disabilities, I thought, "I NEED this training!" I waited a year to join the next cohort (session), and it was well worth the wait. My personal goal for joining FYF was to figure out a way to effectively communicate our journey. I accomplished this but also gained so much more. Through FYF, I built relationships (even virtually) and expanded my perspective of other families’ experiences raising a child with disabilities and navigating the different systems. I also learned a ton about myself (strengths & weaknesses), which has really helped me continue to develop into a stronger advocate for my daughter. My opinion of the FYF Leadership series is that it is worth more than the time commitment, and everyone should join!"

Parent Article:
Our EI Provider Listened to Our Concerns
My family has had the privilege of working with Early Intervention (EI) for the past 2 years. My daughter was born prematurely at 29 weeks and was immediately referred to EI by our pediatrician. Our EI center was fortunate to have an ex-NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse on staff and assigned her to our case.
We were heartbroken and nervous when COVID surfaced in 2020, and we had to transition to Zoom sessions for our weekly Early Intervention.

Support For Families With Young Children
With most students either starting or returning to school in just a few weeks, we want to make sure you have all the tools and resources you need to have a safe and successful year.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) offers a parent guide with support and services for parents with children with disabilities. They also have resources on early education, care options, as well as additional support for families with young children. Check out this link to the Family Portal page. There you will find information on learning & testing resources, laws & guidance, and so much more.
In her role as the EIPLP’s Training & Technical Assistance (TA) Coordinator, Liz works to make sure that the family voice is represented at all levels of the EI system. By providing families with skill-building opportunities and the supports they need to share their stories in meaningful ways, she helps bring lots of perspectives to the table, and families' voices are represented as valuable partners in the systems that serve them.

If you would like more information on the ways families can get involved, feel free to contact her at:
EIPLP | 877-353-4757 | |
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