This November, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) celebrates National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) as a time to recognize and thank family caregivers across the country. NCFM offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for family caregivers. We honor those who provide daily support helping family members with I/DD manage their activities of daily living and helping them access the community and use technology to connect to important health services as well as friends and family For some, caregiving during COVID has been particularly challenging. Having paid caregivers coming into the house has not be feasible or safe and family members have stepped in taking time away from their own jobs and other pursuits to provide care.
The national celebration is spearheaded by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers.
NACDD thanks all caregivers who work with individuals with I/DD and their families every day. The value and support provided by caregivers is truly immeasurable. To celebrate NCFM with CAN, click here to read about resources provided by the organizations for and by caregivers.