Good information leads to good choices and decisions for people with developmental disabilities, yet survey data in Washington shows many families say they do not get enough information to effectively participate in planning services for their family members. This is of grave concern to many advocacy and support organizations that believe clear, concise information from trusted sources is critical to every family’s ability to access resources and care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
That’s why the Developmental Disabilities Council and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have formed a partnership with other key state and local organizations to improve the communication families receive. The project's original goal was to share information about changes in the DD delivery service system before those changes occured, in an easy to understand format. It quickly became apparent that families needed to get information about other issues as well.
In 2009, the Informing Families project increased its scope to better provide access to more information for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.