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University to Fund Project on Virtual Family Supports Program

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University to Fund Project on Virtual Family Supports Program

August 17, 2012

On August 6, Indiana University announced its participation in a new system of family supports designed to demonstrate the role of social media in bridging the systems of care for adults with disabilities and their family caregivers.

For the project, 15 families from three Indiana communities will be selected to receive individualized online family and community networks to support their adult family members with disabilities in a virtual “circle of care.” The goal is to “increase the capacity to tap and bridge formal and informal systems of supports and planning for the future welfare of all family members, demonstrate the viability of social media to support family decision-making and bring about program and policy recommendations surrounding the future development of community-based social media networks of care and support.”

More information about the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community can be found here.