The Charting the LifeCourse Showcase was hosted May 17-18, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri, by Missouri Family to Family at the UMKC Institute for Human Development in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services.

We want to thank everyone who presented, attended, and provided support to host this event! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Who attended?

  • Families and self-advocates
  • Family organizations, networks, and support groups
  • Special educators, transition specialists, and employment professionals
  • Support/service coordinators and targeted case management providers
  • Direct support professionals
  • Leaders, managers, and directors


This event has ended and registration is closed. Please stay tuned for the Save the Date for next year’s Showcase!


The Charting the LifeCourse Showcase was held at the
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main St,, Kansas City, MO 64111

Thanks to the Marriott for their support in hosting a great event!

Showcase Schedule

Download the Showcase program

Wednesday, May 17

Time Program
9-10:30am Welcome and Opening Session

10:45-12:00pm Breakouts
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:15pm Breakouts
2:30-3:45pm Breakouts
4:00-5:00pm Breakouts


Thursday, May 18

Time Program
8:00 -9:30am Breakfast and LifeCourse in Action Expo
The Charting the LifeCourse Showcase EXPO featured a poster session highlighting all the different ways the LifeCourse is being applied across the United States through the Supporting Families Community of Practice. You will have the opportunity to speak the leaders of the CoP state teams about their experiences and ideas.
9:30am-10:30am Breakouts
10:30-11:00am Break for Checkout
11:00-12:00pm Closing/Reflections
Closing Session Livestream link:

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Breakout Presentations

Below, you will find the breakout sessions presented at the Charting the LifeCourse Showcase, organized by time. Click on the title of the presentation to view a description, presenters, and any Powerpoint presentations or handouts provided.

Wednesday, May 17, 10:45 – 12:00pm

LifeCourse Transition to Adulthood: Focus on Employment

LifeCourse for Connecting Initiatives and Systems

Personal Journey to Learn about LifeCourse

Journey to Full Scale Implementation of LifeCourse Organizational Thinking

LifeCourse 101

Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 2:15pm

LifeCourse Self-Advocacy

LifeCourse for Self-Directing My Supports

LifeCourse Framework for Messaging across Stakeholders

Provider Implementation of LifeCourse for Direct Supports

Enhancing Family Support Networks in Partnership with State Entities to Integrate LifeCourse

Wednesday, May 17, 2:30 – 3:45pm

LifeCourse at School

Utilizing LifeCourse for Organizing State Developmental Disabilities Systems Change

Training on LifeCourse for Person Centered Planning and ISP Development

Educating Families to Explore a Good Life

Changing the Conversation at the Front Door of Supports

Wednesday, May 17, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Supported Decision-Making Through the Lens of the LifeCourse Framework

LifeCourse Framework Impact on Medicaid Policy

Implementing LifeCourse at All Levels of Organizational Change

LifeCourse across Languages and Cultures

LifeCourse for Implementing Home and Community Based Services Individual Support Plans

Thursday, May 17, 9:30 – 10:30am

LifeCourse and Adult Employment Outcomes

LifeCourse for Focusing on ALL within Developmental Disability Systems

Integrating Person-Centered and LifeCourse Thinking

Good Life Groups for All Life Stages