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For Families

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Staff and Family Consultation, Training and Advocacy Services

 Culturally tailored supports for families to best support their children across home, school, therapy and community environments.

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Department of Disabilities Association (DDA) Approved Provider for Staff and Family Consultation Services, Washington State
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*All Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers are eligible for SFC:

Basic Plus , Children's Intensive In-home Behavioral Supports (CIIBS)Community Protection   ,  CoreIndividual and Family Services (IFS). 

Manos Unidas’ Staff and Family Consultation and Training services are culturally tailored for non-native English speaking, refugee, immigrant, black or indigenous families within the disability community. Our goal is to help families best support their children across home, school, therapy and community environments.

Our services support families with recent disability diagnosis, children who are presenting challenging behaviors in the home and school environments, or families who need help navigating the school system. English and Spanish -language service delivery.

Manos Unidas services include:

  • Strategies to help families understand home-based or school-based recommendations (IEP Goals, Behavior goals, therapy goals, etc)

 

  • Positive Behavior Support in alignment with school-based Behavior Support Plans for challenging behavior and home-based accommodations that are culturally and environmentally relevant. Support school-to-home crossover.

 

  • Disability Information and Education to better understand a diagnosis, how to speak with family members about a diagnosis, access culturally tailored community resources, navigate the special education system and facilitate a healthy family -school partnership.

 

  • Special Education Advocacy support: IEP and re-evaluation preparation, facilitating communications between home and school, IEP meeting accompaniment, Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)/and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) review, understanding goals, objectives and student progress.

 

Forms of Payment: Accepts DSHS Waiver for Staff and Family Consultation and Training or sliding scale private pay

Areas served: Families in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Skagit county. 

Private Family-Based Services 
  • IEP Review, preparation and meeting accompaniment

  • Request for evaluations, re-evaluations

  • School meeting interpretations (Spanish/English)

  • Family goal-setting

  • Facilitate communications between home and school

  • School observations 

  • Parent coaching 

  • Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan review and support across home and school environments

  • Community-Based resource connections

  • Sliding -scale fees

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Partnership with Office of Education OMBUDS

MUI partnered with OMBUDS Education of Washington state to develop a video curriculum series “ Rights of Families and children within the Special Education System” in Spanish to help families better navigate, advocate and actively participate with the education of their child. 

This digital animation series is expected to be published by September, 2023.

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Barriers to Access

Despite the fact that 27.18% of developmentally disabled children in the U.S. are Hispanic or Latino, very few service delivery and intervention approaches exist to meet the needs of Latinx children and their families (Thomas et al).

Of the service delivery and intervention approaches that do exist, almost all are difficult to access for Latinx families due to limited culturally-tailored resources, a lack of culturally-trained professionals, socio-economic status and legal status. 

These barriers result in late diagnosis for children with neurological disorders, loss of early intervention opportunities and challenging discrepancies between home, medical and educational settings, delaying developmental learning (Casillas et al. 2017; Liptak et al. 2008; Magaña et al. 2013, 2016).

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Organizational Partnerships

Manos unidas and project Ayllu partner with organizations serving the Latinx/Hispanic community across North, Central and South America who can benefit from the products and services we offer. 

 

Interested in learning how you can partner? Contact us!

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