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Welcome to the iSPARC Webinar Series!

The iSPARC Webinar Series highlights new research initiatives, research findings, and more presented by leading experts in their fields. Here you will find recordings of recent webinars we have broadcast, along with information on upcoming webinars that we will be hosting.

Don’t forget to join our mailing list to stay informed on future webinars and check out our webinar archive!

Featured Webinar

Tips and Tricks to Developing and Sustaining a Family Advisory Board

January 21, 2021
Marcela Hayes, Jean Wnuk, and Irene Grzybowski

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In this webinar, you will learn the purpose and the value of utilizing Stakeholder Engagement Groups, such as a Family Advisory Board in your organization. We will share tools for successful recruitment of council members and strategies to keep your members engaged, even when meetings are 100% virtual. Finally, we'll describe our successes and challenges with the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research's Family Advisory Board, with plenty of examples and specifics for you to use. We will share materials and resources developed by our Family Advisory Board (FAB). This webinar will be co-presented by our council co-facilitators and one of our FAB members.

From the webinar – Q. How could a Stakeholder Engagement Group help your organization?

  • It can increase our reach to families of children with disabilities
  • improve services & expand outreach/community awareness
  • Help to identify the highest needs for families
  • I want to use our parent reps in an authentic, real way
    Meaningful family engagement
  • Ways to utilize natural supports for individuals
  • Helping find appropriate referrals for home visiting program
  • Feedback to help agency grow
  • Assist in altering culture to be more family friendly.  How to help these stakeholders to take lead role
  • More opportunities for families to be involved in the organizations
  • More opportunities for creative ideas
  • Experience of the services received at DMH kids division
     

Resources

Top Tips for Running a Virtual Advisory Board

10 Steps to Starting a Young Adult Advisory Council: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 1

The Do’s and Don’ts of Young Adult Councils: Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council Part 2

Tips and Tricks to Starting a Young Adult Council
Raphael Mizrahi & Tania Duperoy - June 13, 2018
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Videos by our FAB

When a Mental Health Crisis Hit My Family: Mara's Story of How Setting Boundaries Helped Her Cope 

When a Mental Health Crisis Hit My Family: Irene's Story of Hoping and Coping

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