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Family Navigation Services

Ready to Help You

We know that as a parent, family member or caregiver of a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), you may feel overwhelmed with navigating the complex systems required to support your loved one. These feelings occur at different points along your journey, such as:

  • Your child has just been diagnosed with a developmental disability
  • You and your loved one are navigating a transition in their life
  • You are in need of numerous other services and supports

With over 125 years supporting individuals with IDD and their loved ones, Laura Baker Services Association stands with you and offers special needs resources – ready to be your supportive partner.

 

How We Can Help

Accessing Resources

  • Regional and state developmental disability programs and services options
  • First steps in accessing county, state and federal programs (disability waivers)
  • Housing options: at home, independent living, group homes, respite
  • Access to networks of professionals and service providers who can serve your family’s needs

Major Life Transitions

  • Prenatal advising, such as for a newborn with Down syndrome
  • Birth and infancy
  • Toddlers and preschoolers
  • Preparing for school at various transition points
  • Preparing for life after school, including job preparation and aging-related services
  • Legal considerations, such as guardianship, wills and trusts

Community Support

  • Support system planning for someone with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), such as Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Peer support and family connections
  • Community resource connections
  • Navigating any obstacle that is preventing you from achieving your goals

Schedule a FREE ConsultationDownload Family Navigation Brochure

 

Sam Gershman

Sam Gershman

Family Navigation Specialist

Main: 507-645-8866 Ext. 124
Direct: 507-581-7078

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Additional Resources

Family Navigation Blog

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