Family Advocacy and Support Training Project: PACER Evaluation (FAST)


Developed training modules for PACER Center, an advocacy organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which coordinates this ADD-funded effort to develop and disseminate culturally responsive, replicable training materials for families of children and youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in all 50 states. The project developed four training modules for families on the topics: The Journey to Adulthood: What parents need to know (sexuality); Getting and keeping a first job; Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy; and Working for change: Using the power of a personal story. PACER partnered with parent centers, state action teams, and the developmental disabilities (DD) network to conduct trainings for 2,000 to 4,000 families in all 50 states using these materials. ICI assisted PACER to conduct and analyze a national evaluation of family support services. This included a series of focus groups with low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse families, and Web-based and print versions of a survey to gather national information about the support needs of diverse families. Finally, ICI supported PACER in evaluating project activities, trainings and products to describe the impact of the FAST project on the capacity of diverse families of children and youth with disabilities to find, use and evaluate family support services and to use those services to advocate for their family members.

This project was archived on 2012-04-23T00:00:00-05:00

Sheryl A Larson
Sheryl A Larson
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Subcontract from
PACER Center
PACER Center



Lynda L Lahti Anderson :: Researcher VI


John D Westerman :: Web Developer

Sheryl A Larson :: Research Manager 3


  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Culture and diversity
      • Other cultural groups
      • Employment and postsecondary education
        • Career preparation
        • Specific disability
          • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
          • Specific life stage
            • Adolescents and young adults


            • Research
              • Technical assistance
                • Training and professional development