Category Archive: Our Stories

FSU’s Swanson Family Featured in #Imagine21 Mini-Documentary

We’re excited to announce that longtime FSU members, the Swanson family, are featured in a beautiful film produced by Madison House Autism Foundation. The film focuses on Andrew Swanson, a 28-year-old adult living with autism, and his siblings, Katherine and Ben.

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“The Power of a Dream” Video from Homes for Life Foundation

Homes for Life Foundation has built 25 homes in 23 years for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Watch this video that shows some of the beautiful homes the foundation has built over the years and the residents who are thriving independently in them.

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The Coalition for Community Choice, Inc. Applies for 501(c)3, Tax Exempt Status

The CCC is beginning the process of building an organization, expanding the board, hiring staff—including an Executive Director—establishing an operating budget, setting strategic and tactical goals, creating a revenue stream, and all of the other things a new non-profit must do.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.familiesspeakingup.com/2016/03/27/the-coalition-for-community-choice-inc-applies-for-501c3-tax-exempt-status/

300+ People Have Signed Our Letter to Steve Groff!

The final version of the HCBS State Transition Plan (STP) will be the most important document that will affect Delaware families and their loved ones with IDD’s future. If you have a loved one who is already in the system, this affects you!  If you have a family member who may someday want HCBS services, this affects you! The next round …

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#ChoiceFirst Video: “My Uncle Will”

Please watch this lovely video about Uncle Will, one among many others with I/DD who deserve to live in homes and communities of their #ChoiceFirst.   #ChoiceFirst Campaign: My Uncle Will from Families Speaking Up! on Vimeo.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.familiesspeakingup.com/2016/02/14/choicefirst-video-my-uncle-will/

Robert Edelsohn’s #ChoiceFirst Video

Robert has a place to live, a job that pays, fun hobbies, and a great life of his choice! #ChoiceFirst Robert Wants #ChoiceFirst from Families Speaking Up! on Vimeo.

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Videos: The Swanson Family Supports #ChoiceFirst

As part of the Coalition for Community Choice #ChoiceFirst campaign, special educator and sibling, Katharine Swanson, explains why she supports the full array of housing options for individuals with autism and other I/DD. Katharine Supports #ChoiceFirst from Families Speaking Up! on Vimeo. Katharine and her brother, Andrew, want #ChoiceFirst! Support #CHOICEFIRST from Families Speaking Up! on …

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#ChoiceFirst Stories By FSU Members

“Andrew’s Reality” By Pat and John Swanson We are Pat and John Swanson and the proud parents of 27-year-old identical twin boys. Andrew is an individual with autism. His brother, Ben, is neurotypical. When Andrew was diagnosed at age 2, we embarked on a pathway of extensive therapies to help him meet the same developmental milestones …

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FSU 2015 Year in Review

FSU’s 2015 year has been full of informative discussions, advocacy work, events, and more. Read this document for an overview of all the things we’ve accomplished this past year.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.familiesspeakingup.com/2015/12/10/fsu-2015-year-in-review/

FSU: A Proud Member of The Coalition for Community Choice

  Families Speaking Up is a proud member of the Coalition for Community Choice (CCC), a national alliance of organizations, businesses, and housing professionals that strive to meet the housing and employment demands for an array of life options for those with I/DD. Click here to learn more about the CCC

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