TASP has partnered with local, national, and federal programs and foundations to expand our work and ensure all parents have a chance to parent. Find out more about our current and past partners and projects below.
WITH Foundation: The WITH Foundation awarded TASP a 1-year grant to develop Training Materials for Health Providers to Effectively Support Parents with Intellectual Disabilities. These five self-paced training modules are designed for healthcare professionals supporting families in which the parents have an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) or learning difficulty. Self-advocates and health providers will provide input on content. The goal of the training modules is to address the inequities in healthcare services for parents with I/DD. This project partners with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). See full press release HERE.
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered awards TASP a 6-month small grant as part of their Local Health and Vaccine Information Outreach Project 2023. The goal is to get information to our members about health and vaccines that will keep us healthy. As part of the grant, TASP will gather feedback from self-advocate parents to determine the most-needed health information around childhood vaccinations. From that feedback, TASP will develop and share a video with open captions and an accompanying resource guide in Plain Language on the topic of Why Childhood Vaccines Are Important: A Resource for Parents with IDD. See the final products HERE.
TASP was awarded a training contract with the Massachusetts’s State Department of Children and Families to provide 3 training sessions to child warfare case workers. Training will be around Working Successfully with Parents with IDD and will take place in the spring and summer 2023.
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered awards TASP a 6-month small grant as part of their Local COVIF-19 Vaccine Information Outreach Project 2023. As part of the grant, TASP will gather feedback from self-advocate parents to determine the most-needed health information around childhood vaccinations. From that feedback, TASP will develop and share a video series and resource guides on the topic of Getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19: A video series and resource guides. TASP created 3 videos and accompanying resource guides to make sure all parents have the correct information to make their own decisions about getting their child vaccinated against COVID-19. This video series and resource guides were created to provide simple, plain language information for parents with IDD. It was developed by members of the TASP Advocacy Committee, including self-advocate parents.
See the final products HERE.
TASP was awarded a small grant from The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council to create and host a 4-part webinar series in 2022. The webinars will be developed in conjunction with parents with IDD, and feature parents and professionals speaking on a variety of topics related to supported parenting.
TASP awarded an 14-month contract with the Center for Parent Information and Resources, under the US Department of Special Education. Under the contract, TASP will work with Parent Center staff to create 5 self-paced learning modules around supporting parents with IDD. Once finalized, these will be available to all Parent Center staff at the 90+ Parenting Centers across the US through their eLearning Hub.
TASP awarded a 5-year contract with the Washington DC Children and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to provide Peer Navigation services to families involved in the DDA and CFSA systems in Washington, DC. The goal of the program is to increase the safety and well-being of children living with parents who have an intellectual disability and to provide appropriate supports to families to ensure all are safe. In addition, the program aims to decrease the rate of children entering the foster care system by increasing protective. Peer Navigators are family members with lived experience with a disability and experience navigating complex systems of care.
In addition to specific training contracts and other projects and partnerships, TASP offers conferences and a number of trainings for professionals working with parents with IDD. The trainings are developed by experts in the field of supported parenting, along with parents with IDD, and are designed to inform your work and enhance your skills to ensure all individuals have a chance to parent.
TASP has successfully provided training on supporting parents with IDD for many years. We have coordinated regional and national conferences, reaching thousands of people in the past 15 years. More recently, TASP has reached over 1150 people in 43 states and 7 countries across 9 webinars in 2021 and 2022, and trained over 300 people in the last 3 years through our full-day training on working successfully with parents with IDD. TASP’s training data shows improved attitudes towards parents with IDD based on pre and post-test data, and training attendees regularly indicate a high level of overall satisfaction with our training.