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?

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  • 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

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse Transition to Adulthood: Focus on Employment”]
Learn about the Charting the LifeCourse Employment resources and tools. Hear directly from Pre-Employment Transition Specialists that are using them to enhance outcomes for high school students.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse for Connecting Initiatives and Systems”]
Two state agencies will share how they are leading efforts to connect the work of different systems (long-term services, education, early childhood, employment, etc.) and organizations in their states using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and tools.


[su_spoiler title=”Personal Journey to Learn about LifeCourse”]
Presenters will share their “personal LifeCourse journey” of how the principles have impacted their thinking as well as examples of ways they are putting it into practice in their lives and jobs.
National LifeCourse leaders from Missouri, District of Columbia and Indiana


[su_spoiler title=”Journey to Full Scale Implementation of LifeCourse Organizational Thinking”]
Hear how LifeCourse thinking is being implemented full-scale in two organizations to enhance policies and practices at every level of service delivery. Panelists will share concrete examples of how and what has changed and lessons learned along the way.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse 101″]
New to Charting the LifeCourse thinking? Need a refresher or want to see how others share the message?
Join this session to learn the basic principles of the Charting the LifeCourse Framework.

  • Lisa Meyer, Pennsylvania
  • Nancy Richey, Pennsylvania

Powerpoint Slides: LifeCourse 101 (7 downloads)


Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 2:15pm

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse Self-Advocacy”]
Learn how self-advocates across the nation are learning about, using, and teaching others about the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and tools to help express their “good life,” advocate for what they need and want, and influence systems change in their states.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse for Self-Directing My Supports”]
Self-advocates and families must drive change at every level. This session will highlight how a family uses the principles and tools to drive day-to-day supports and a national organization develops and integrates self-directed policy and practices within state developmental disability systems.

  • Ben St. John and Jane St. John, UMKC IHD Missouri Family to Family
  • Yoshi Kardell, Human Services Research Institute, Oregon

Powerpoint Slides:  LifeCourse for Self-Directing My Supports (5 downloads)


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse Framework for Messaging across Stakeholders”]
The Charting the LifeCourse Framework has been used across the country to communicate or “message” how to support people with disabilities and their families across the lifespan and across systems. Three state CoP teams will share examples of how this is driving policy and practice changes.


[su_spoiler title=”Provider Implementation of LifeCourse for Direct Supports”]
Learn how three direct support providers are using LifeCourse to enhance the organizational policies and practices for the day-to-day supports they provide to self-advocates and their families.


[su_spoiler title=”Enhancing Family Support Networks in Partnership with State Entities to Integrate LifeCourse”]
State DD systems are recognizing the vital role that family networks play in the long-term services and support field. Hear how state DD agencies and family networks are leveraging and partnering to support families at all stages of life across their states.


Wednesday, May 17, 2:30 – 3:45pm

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse at School”]
Charting the LifeCourse is making an impact on students, families and teachers. Hear specific examples of how professionals and families are using LifeCourse in school settings to enhance educational outcomes for students, from early childhood through graduation.


[su_spoiler title=”Utilizing LifeCourse for Organizing State Developmental Disabilities Systems Change”]
Two state CoP teams will describe how they are using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework to organize the system change efforts in their states. They will describe their “kickoff” events, development of subgroups to focus on innovation areas, and planning for future sustainability.


[su_spoiler title=”Training on LifeCourse for Person Centered Planning and ISP Development”]
Representatives from three organizations will highlight their efforts to build the capacity of support coordinators and other planners to use the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and tools for person-centered planning and ISP development.


[su_spoiler title=”Educating Families to Explore a Good Life”]
Family members in various professional roles will share how they are spreading the message of Charting the LifeCourse to families in their states. Examples of how families are learning to use LifeCourse to envision and plan for a “good life” now and in the future will be highlighted.

  • Celia Schloemer, University of Cincinnati UCEDD, Ohio
  • Melane Barlowe, Ohio State University Nisonger Center, UCEDD
  • Vision for Equality Pennsylvania Family Network
  • Sheri Romblad, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut


[su_spoiler title=”Changing the Conversation at the Front Door of Supports”]
Families’ interactions at the Front Door of Long Term Services and Supports can have lifelong impacts on the person, the family and the system. Two states will share how they are enhancing front door procedures and practices to ensure families are connected to the three buckets of support immediately.

  • Erin Leveton and Mark Agosto, No Wrong Door Initiative, District of Columbia
  • Lisa Nothaus, Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Jenny Hatfield-Callen and Georgia Mueller, UMKC IHD Missouri Family to Family


Wednesday, May 17, 4:00 – 5:00pm

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”Supported Decision-Making Through the Lens of the LifeCourse Framework”]
Supported decision-making, both legally and informally, is crucial to enhancing good lives for all. Hear how the LifeCourse framework is being integrated into policy change efforts around guardianship and incorporated into training activities and resources to educate stakeholders on how to implement into practice.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse Framework Impact on Medicaid Policy”]
The LifeCourse Framework is being used to guide Medicaid development, language and messaging of changes across the country. National and state policy leaders will share specific examples and strategies for enhancing long-term services and support policies to support persons with disabilities and their families.


[su_spoiler title=”Implementing LifeCourse at All Levels of Organizational Change”]
Scaling LifeCourse across an entire organization requires more than changing forms or training a few staff. Two organizations will share how they have infused the principles into their service delivery, support coordination, quality assurance, strategic planning, and staff capacity building activities.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse across Languages and Cultures”]
Recognizing the values, culture, and language of every person and family is central to the LifeCourse Framework. This session will highlight how the CoP is partnering with others to translate materials into different languages and designing dissemination strategies that are culturally sensitive and family friendly.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse for Implementing Home and Community Based Services Individual Support Plans”]
Come to this session to hear how a large organization serving one of the most populous counties in Missouri has integrated the LifeCourse principles and materials into required processes for developing individual support plans. They will share their experiences and lessons learned over a two year journey.

Amanda George, eitas-Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County

Powerpoint slides:  LifeCourse for Implementing HCBS Individual Support Plans (4 downloads)


Thursday, May 17, 9:30 – 10:30am

[su_accordion][su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse and Adult Employment Outcomes”]
Employment First outcomes require both policy and practice changes across many systems and organizations. Hear how two state DD systems and an employment provider are reframing changes at all levels using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework.


[su_spoiler title=”LifeCourse for Focusing on ALL within Developmental Disability Systems”]
Hear how the Charting the LifeCourse Framework is guiding the work in three states to expand their reach to the ALL by focusing on transitions from institutional living to community, waiting lists for supports, and Home and Community Based Services.


[su_spoiler title=”Integrating Person-Centered and LifeCourse Thinking”]
Person centered thinking and tools have become foundational to moving the disability field toward community-based supports. Listen as person centered training experts share how they have integrated the LifeCourse into their thinking, training practices, and training curriculum.

The Learning Community on Person Centered Practices, U.S.A.


[su_spoiler title=”Good Life Groups for All Life Stages”]
Three organizations in Missouri are piloting a new strategy for engaging self-advocates and families in LifeCourse education and problem solving by hosting “Good Life Groups.” Group members are introduced to the tools for mapping experiences and identifying integrated supports for achieving their vision.

  • Maggie Rollwagen, Abilities First, Springfield, Missouri
  • Colette Canchola, Progressive Community Services, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Crystal Bell, UMKC IHD Missouri Family to Family

Powerpoint Slides:  Good Life Groups for All Life Stages (0 downloads)