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Parents and caregivers of youth with disabilities asked to take part in national survey

Parents or primary caregivers of young people with disabilities between 12 and 22 years old are invited take part in a national research study by completing the National Family Support Survey at by August 13, 2010.

Answers to the survey questions are confidential and will help the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities, parent centers, and researchers understand the information and supports families need as young people with disabilities move into adulthood. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

"The information parents and caregivers share is extremely valuable and may help to shape programs for youth with disabilities in the future," said Shauna McDonald, coordinator of the Family Advocacy and Support Training (FAST) Project which is conducting the survey. "We hope many people will participate in the survey by the final day of Aug. 13 so we can better serve youth with disabilities as they transition to the adult world."

The FAST Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Development Disabilities as a Project of National Significance. It is a project of PACER Center in Minnesota. PACER works in collaboration with parent centers throughout the United States and its territories, and with the help of the University of Minnesota.

PACER Center is a National Parent Center for families of children and youth with any disability. For information about PACER, call 952-838-9000 (voice); 952-838-0190 (TTY) or 888-248-0822 (toll-free); visit or email For more information about the survey, call Shauna McDonald at 952-838-9000.