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Our Vision: Inclusive Communities

Our Mission: The Hamilton Family Network is a parent-to-parent organization offering advocacy, training and planning to create an inclusive community.

The Hamilton Family Network is always open to responding to questions (for example, education, transitions, looking for resources, information on government programs, workshops) and of course always would like to hear comments and feedback.

The Hamilton Family Network, through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is creating a Circles of Support Guidebook for families who have sons and daughters with developmental disabilities. This Guidebook will be especially relevant for parents whose young adult will soon be leaving high school or who is already out of high school.

A Circle of Support is an intentional way to identify and bring together a network of family and friends. This new network will work together to develop a shared vision of a safe, meaningful life both now and in the future. The Guidebook will provide practical assistance in many ways beginning with who to invite into a Circle. There will be tips on creating environments of trust and safety and offer ways to activate the Circle to assist in times of crisis and decision-making.

It is our belief that Circles are the greatest gift families can give to their son or daughter and to themselves. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making the Circles of Support Guidebook possible. It will be added to this website in Summer, 2014.

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