Family Health Forums

Family Health Forums provide a space for the families and caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities to engage with health professionals, community leaders and social service providers. The Forums introduce new families to Special Olympics and services provided through Healthy Athletes®, Young Athletes and other community-based programs for people with intellectual disabilities, while also surfacing challenges that athletes and families face and how best to overcome them—with a special focus on bettering access to health care, education and inclusive activities.

Family Health Forums are designed by the community to meet their local needs. In light of COVID-19, we have developed several resources to assist Programs in offering the Family Health Forum concept virtually. The curriculum material may also be used for in-person events in the future.
Accepting applications for 2021 Family Health Forums through November 25, 2020.
This document will provide overall guidance and recommendations on planning, implementing, and evaluating your virtual Family Health Forum. Download DOCX
EVALUATION MATERIALS
This document provides an overview of the questions asked in a survey designed for participants. There is a link to the online survey. Where possible, participants should complete the online survey and not the word file.
This document provides an overview of the questions asked in an online survey designed for PROGRAMS to report on the activities of their event. There is a link to the online survey for Programs to use. Programs should complete the online survey and not the word file.
SAMPLE CURRICULUM MATERIALS
Positive Parenting during COVID-19
This resource serves as a facilitator’s guide for a session on positive parenting during COVID-19. The document includes talking points, discussion questions, and video and educational resources to consider using during your session. Download DOCX
Self Advocacy
This resource is a sample powerpoint for presenters to use during their session. It has all talking points included in the notes section, but is also designed to be customized, where needed, by local communities and presenters.
This is a handout to share with participants.
This is a handout for an interactive portion of the session.
Strong Minds and Emotional Wellness
This resource is a sample powerpoint for presenters to use during their session. It has all talking points included in the notes section, but is also designed to be customized, where needed, by local communities and presenters.
This resource is facilitator’s guide to help provide guidance on implementing a session on this topic.