On January 17-18, Gerardo Martinez, program director of UMKC IHD’s Alianzas, presented results of the Supporting Education and Empowerment to Define Systems change (SEEDS) grant to the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC).
Through the grant, Alianzas investigated needs and barriers experienced by Missouri Latinx families that care for members with disabilities. Gerardo met with a series of families and young adults with disabilities, conducting interviews and cognitive mapping sessions. He provided specific recommendations to the MODDC Grassroots committee, which will use the information in its work.
MODDC funded the SEEDS research to help plan future objectives and increase the level of support it offers Missouri Latinx families.