The LifeCourse framework was originally developed BY families FOR families by the staff and stakeholders of Missouri Family to Family. Missouri Family to Family is housed within Missouri’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Services (UCEDD) at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Institute for Human Development.
Through the work of the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with I/DD, the LifeCourse Framework continues to evolve, and be validated.
The state of Missouri is the demonstration state in the Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with I/DD with the learning being shared with not only the five states in the CoP, but also the entire nation. Each state formed a team that was facilitated jointly by the state Agency on I/DD and the state Council on Developmental Disabilities with additional membership from self-advocacy and family organizations, university, education, aging and other organizations with a vested interest in supporting families.
The Missouri CoP team formed the Missouri LifeCourse Tools & Practice Workgroup to develop new LifeCourse tools as needed, coaches professionals who are using the tools, continuously improves tools based on feedback, and provides guidance to organizations on implementing the framework.