TASP Training: Working Successfully with Parents with I/DD

TASP is excited to announce a new training opportunity for agencies and organizations: Working Successfully with Parents with I/DD.  The training is designed to build upon helping professionals’ skills when working with families where the parents have intellectual disabilities and/or development disability.  We’ve been working hard to make this training available this fall, but with COVID-19 we realize this will likely not be possible.  We’re still excited and hopeful that we can offer this in-person training sometime soon and are considering an on-line option as well.  We’re sharing the information about the training to get everyone excited, and so you can begin planning for and thinking about it now!

The goal of the training is to assist professionals to make reasonable accommodations in the services they provide for parents with intellectual disabilities. How do you modify your skill set to better service parent(s) with an intellectual and/or developmental disability?  It is by making reasonable accommodations to the way services are provided that we give parents a fair chance to succeed in keeping or regaining custody of their children.

In this training you will gain with basic knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the definition of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD), and why it’s necessary for all people working with families to understand that parents with ID/DD have rights under the Americans with Disability Act and may not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Most importantly, the training will give you a chance to practice making accommodations for parents through:

  • Recognizing the Parent’s Learning Style and Needs
  • Setting Goals that are Reasonable, Realistic and Fair
  • Identifying the Action Steps to Meet the Goals
  • Selecting the Most Appropriate Strategy to Teach the Learning Tasks
  • Selecting an Appropriate Measurement to Evaluate the Parent’s Success.
  • Recognizing Rewarding Incremental Success

The training is designed for professionals who have beginning helping skills but who are not sure how to make reasonable accommodations for parents with ID.   Individuals attending the training should have a background in working with families.  This includes, but is certainly not limited to attorneys, social workers, nurses, health care professionals, public health professionals, school system workers, case workers, case managers, DD system workers, early intervention, and more!  We find the training is most interesting and engaging when people from all backgrounds attend, so if you have any questions about who can/should attend let us know.

TASP Trainers come to you!  At this time, we are offering this training to agencies/organizations and will come to you.  The host agency will be responsible for providing a training space and basic day-of needs (copies of training materials, Wi-Fi, projector, DVD player/video streaming, etc.).  While the trainers feel strongly that this training is best offered in-person, we realize that with the current situation an online option may be best.  We are considering the options for offering it online (either live or prerecorded), so stay tuned for details.

While TASP was ready to send trainers to you beginning in the fall 2020, we know that a fall training is unlikely due to travel restrictions and the need for social distancing.  We will continue to evaluate the safety of travel and will update as needed.  When we’re able to schedule in -person trainings, we work with you and our trainers to find a date that works for both.  Depending on your agency’s needs, we can be flexible about when our trainers come to you.  We want it to work for you!  You should allocate one full day for the training.  Hours can vary depending on your needs but is typically 8:30am-4:30pm with a morning and afternoon break and a lunch break.

Due to the format of the training, the level of engagement required, and the small group work that takes place, the training is best suited for groups of 10-25 people.  If you have more (or less) people to be trained, please reach out and we will work to accommodate your needs.

The cost of the training, which includes a TASP trainer coming to your agency, varies depending on your location and needs.  We will work with you to develop a budget based on your needs, and if the cost is prohibitive for your agency we can discuss options with you.  Some agencies have applied for grants to bring the training to them!

TASP is a leading nonprofit committed to successfully supporting families when parents have an intellectual disability.  Our trainers hold a variety of degrees and hail from a variety of backgrounds, allowing for unique perspectives from the field.  TASP’s trainers have spent a cumulative 150 years in the field of supported parenting and have firsthand experience in the work.  Most importantly, they are all strongly committed to supporting families when parents have intellectual disabilities to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, background or learning difficulties has a chance to parent.

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