Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Family-to-Family Communities (F2FC)

Because deaf-blindness is a low incidence disability, families of deaf-blind children often have difficulty meeting other families who share similar triumphs and challenges. The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB), the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), and State Deaf-Blind Projects are working together to offer a unique way for families to connect with one another.

Parents of children with deaf-blindness know and understand the needs of families like theirs better than anyone. Therefore, Family Engagement Coordinators and Family Leaders will facilitate this collaborative project.

These communities bring families together to dialogue, support and encourage one another, and share the journey of life raising a child who is deaf-blind.

A summary of the F2FC Southeast States Pilot Project, 2014-2015

There were nine families, four facilitators, and two moderators forming two F2FCs. They came together during monthly conference calls to share triumphs and challenges, exchange information and resources, and connect with one another.

One parent stated: “It was like this little hour of sanity where you could talk with people who kind of understood where you were.”

Now, F2FC Partners are ready to expand this project into more states, with more families, and make more connections.

The F2FC format

Family-to-Family Communities, comprising eight to ten families, are established based on the age of their children, the nature of their children’s disabilities, and participation preferences.

Each F2FC will be guided by two Facilitators who have participated in NFADB leadership training.

Each F2FC will meet monthly via phone or video conference. Members will choose discussion topics.

F2FC members are encouraged to connect with one other via phone, email, or social media.

Are you interested in joining a Family-to-Family Community? Register today


Last Edited: January 17, 2017
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