Charting the LifeCourse Showcase May 17-18, 2017 in Kansas City: Registration now open!

Graphic: Charting the LifeCourse Showcase May 17-18, 2017 in Kansas City, MO - LifeCourse Circle large in center of a blue to white gradient box with the LifeCourse principles lined up in a row at the bottom of the box

The Charting the LifeCourse Showcase is being held May 17 and 18, 2017, in conjunction with the CoP 2017 Annual Meeting, taking place May 16, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. This year, for the first time ever, the Charting the LifeCourse Showcase is being hosted to explore how the lives of people with disabilities and their families are being enhanced at all levels of systems change through the work of the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families with I/DD.

This showcase will feature concrete examples of how the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools are being used across the country by:

  • Families and self-advocates to explore possibilities for the future and plan for needed supports today
  • Family organizations and groups as they provide information, resources, and life navigation
  • Special educators, transition specialists, and employment professionals to reframe expectations and change conversations around employment
  • Support coordinators to enhance the person-centered planning process and individualized support planning
  • Direct support professionals to think differently about their day-to-day role supporting individuals disabilities in their communities
  • Leaders, managers, and directors as they respond to rapid culture, policy and practice changes

For full details on the event, stay tuned to


CoP Annual Meeting
The Annual CoP Meeting is an opportunity for all CoP state teams attend and share learning on supporting families practices and policies from around the nation. The CoP Meeting is closed to state Community of Practice teams and national partners. For more information or questions about this event, please contact

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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