July 2020
Events, Information and Resources from Family Voices of MN
Resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Stay Connected for Your Well-Being
Family Voices of Minnesota recently surveyed families about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their families and well-being. Not surprisingly, families of children with extra medical, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional needs are feeling more isolated than ever.

You are not alone .

Explore opportunities to stay connected through our virtual groups and connect with other parents. Choose from a quick Community Coffee Break or one of our long running Parent Groups. All of our programming is built with you, the parent, in mind.
We hope to see you soon.
Welcome New Staff
Family Voices of Minnesota is thrilled to welcome Systems Specialist, Debbi Harris, onto staff. Prior to taking this position, Debbi served Family Voices of MN as a volunteer.

Debbi has an M.S. in Health Science Administration, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing, with a concentration in Nonfiction, Narrative Medicine. She has contributed to various publications, including Today's Caregiver, Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, Kaleidoscope Magazine, a literary journal about disability, at Salon.com, and JAMA Pediatrics.

When Debbi and Victor Harris' son Joshua was born prematurely, subsequently experiencing lifelong complex medical needs and disabilities, the family learned to embrace a new normal-one that includes Josh in every aspect of life, valuing his unique contributions to the world .
Minnesota Department of Education to Announce Educational Delivery Model

On July 30, MDE will join Governor Walz and MDH to share Minnesota’s strategy to educate students and keep our school communities safe and healthy during the 2020-21 school year.
What Do We Do
When All Does Not Mean All?
The Center for Family Involvement recently published a blog by author and disability rights advocate, Erin Croyle, " ALL DOES NOT MEAN ALL: HOW TO ACCOMMODATE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THIS FALL "

"We are going to do what we always do. We will unite as a community. We will lean on and collaborate with disability groups like the Center for Family Involvement, The Arc, Family Voices, and others to decide what is best for individuals with disabilities. We will contact our children’s specialists and talk to them about the safest options for our families. We will work with our schools and communities and WE WILL EDUCATE THEM about what our children need to learn and be safe."
Spread the Good News
If you find this newsletter to be helpful to you and your family, please consider forwarding it to other families raising children with special healthcare needs. Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected. We are in this together.