M&L Special Needs Planning & Center For Independent Futures Housing Seminar

 August 29, 2013
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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The staff of M&L are very excited to make the following announcement: On Saturday, October 12, 2013 M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC will be hosting a housing planning workshop that will feature a presentation by the Center for Independent Futures (CIF), as a part of the CIF’s New Futures Initiative.

Regular readers of the blog will no doubt remember our interview with CIF co-founder, Jane Doyle that was published on July 4th, 2013 (please click here to read the interview in full). Throughout the course of this interview, Jane filled us in on the history of the organization, the services that the CIF provides for individuals with special needs and, of course, the Community Living Option Residences that CIF staff and volunteers created.

At the time of the interview, we were incredibly impressed with the way in which the CIF developed this amazing housing and independent living program, and were astonished at how it evolved and developed alongside the CIF organization itself. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the CIF (which was founded by two mothers looking to secure brighter futures for their children with disabilities), the organization created three Community Living options (CLO) residences over the course of its creation and development. These residences were created in conjunction with other families, and rely on minimal to no state funds. The CIF’s proprietary method, which led to the creation of the CLO housing model, evolved from the CIF’s own experiences as it developed, as well as collaboration with leaders in the field of community development.

When we learned that the CIF had recently received a grant from the Coleman Foundation (the New Futures Initiative) that enabled them to teach other families and organizations how to replicate this proprietary housing model, we decided we wanted in.  As a result, M&L is bringing in CIF co-founder Jane Doyle and Executive Director Ann Sickon to explain in detail what the New Futures Initiative is all about, and how it can be implemented in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

In a nutshell, the New Futures Initiative training is intended to help families open doors to community-based supported living options within one’s own neighborhood. This presentation will teach you how CIF (a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization) adapted housing policies and practices that have been proven to be  successful in Canada and other states to create new solutions for housing and day programs for adults with disabilities. The training is a yearlong process that takes participants through a series of four workshops. These workshops are designed to help interested groups replicate CIF’s housing model, a process that has been proven successful. The workshops will provide the necessary tools, materials and professional resources while instilling the confidence to move forward. As part of this initiative, CIF also provides onsite consultation, offering the support needed to ensure that the process is sustainable and successful. Essentially, the New Futures Initiative provides a road map to help guide families on their path toward solutions for adults with disabilities.

The workshop will be held October 12, 2013 at the Bethesda Marriott (5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814). The doors will open at 9:00 a.m., with the presentation following at 9:30. The presentation will run from approximately 9:30 to 11:30, followed by a question and answer period until 12 p.m.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please note that the advance registration fee is $40/person. To register in advance, please click here. There will be registration at the door on the day of the workshop (from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.), however walk in registration will be $45/person, and interested individuals are encouraged to register early.

If you have any questions about the Center for Independent Futures or their New Futures Initiative, please read our interview with Jane Doyle, or visit the CIF website. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have regarding housing or any special needs planning topic.

Thanks so much for visiting us today, and sharing in our exciting news. We hope to see you all at the seminar!



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