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The Association for Successful Parenting: Enhancing the Lives of Families When Parents Have Learning Difficulties (TASP)

Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of at-risk parents with learning difficulties and their children. This primarily includes parents who may be identified as persons with intellectual disabilities or borderline intellectual functioning.

Guiding Principles of TASP:

  • We recognize that family life is complex.
  • We move forward in step with self-advocates in this shared work.
  • We acknowledge that all families need support and rely on inter-dependent networks.
  • We accept that separation from parents is sometimes in the best interest of children.
  • We believe that our expertise and resources may also benefit parents with other cognitive challenges and the people that support them.

TASP has also identified the following as the practices it uses in its work:

  • Facilitating community partnerships and networking.
  • Offering educational opportunities.
  • Engaging in advocacy and ongoing system change to achieve social justice.
  • Partnering with self-advocates to promote self-determination.
  • Promoting evidence-based parenting skill assessments.
  • Developing and endorsing evidence-based curricula for training.
  • Honoring family autonomy, self-determination and parent strengths.
  • Encouraging natural supports, community acceptance and inclusion.
  • Developing individualized supports that utilize evidence-based practices.
  • Consulting with partners in child welfare, early intervention, education, health care, disability services and family support.
  • Working within interdisciplinary teams to individualize services.
  • Establishing and raising quality standards in assessment, training, service and research.
  • Promoting and conducting research.

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