The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with the Missouri Developmental Disability Council and the Institute of Human Development at UMKC hosted a conference for people with disabilities, family members and support organizations to discuss the future of supports in Missouri.Â In attendance for this two day conference in Columbia were over 350 advocates, family members, provider organizations, county SB40’s and state employees.Â
The conference was the 2nd biannual conference in a series of efforts to move forward the Division’s priority of ‘Improving lives through supports and services that foster self-determination.’ The purpose of the conference was to bring together stakeholders and learn from national leaders, Missouri Innovators and one another about what is happening in the disability field and in Missouri.
Innovators from Missouri spoke of the Partnership for Hope waiver, Seed projects through the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council, Art Inspired Academy in Springfield, County Connections of Monroe City, and The St Louis Arc.Â Â
National speakers Cathy Ficker-Terrill of The Council on Quality Leadership, Lynn Seagle of Hope House Foundation in Virginia, and Dr. Angela Amado of the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota provided insightful presentations which helped participates look at how they view quality of life, social capital, and supporting individuals and families in the community.Â Those attending also were able to view a powerful presentation by Holly and Eileen Forlenza a mother and daughter team from Colorado, which inspired everyone to look through the lens of hope and possibilities to find a voice and create a meaningful life.Â Â
Governor Jay Nixon address the audience and confirmed his commitment to people with developmental disabilities in the state of Missouri.
Throughout the conference, David Hasbury used graphic illustrations to capture participants’ thoughts and "see what we are saying", getting everyone on the same page and positioned for action.
At the close of the conference 202 attendees provided their feedback.Â The overwhelming majority of attendees found presentations by the national speakers, especially Lynne Seagle (99% excellence rating) and Eileen and Holly Forlenza (98% excellence rating), exceptional.Â The majority of attendees (97%) responding to the survey (160) indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the conference.Â Â
Check out what some of the attendees had to say about the conference:
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President and CEO
The Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL)
Presenting: Quality of Life, Social Capital & Community
Hope House Foundation
Presenting: Provider of the Future: Transforming to Individualized Supports
ANGELA AMADO, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Human Services Research & Development Center
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Presenting: Friendships, Relationships, & Community
Writer, artist, business owner
& EILEEN FORLENZA
Holly's mom and speaker, author, national expert on family-centered care
Presenting: Just Because I Can't Talk, Doesn't Mean I Don't Have Anything to Say
Organizational & Community Development Consultant, Educator and Facilitator
Dave uses graphic illustration to guide the conference participants through a process of discovery: the discovery of our story, our past and our present, so that we might look to the future of our choosing, one where we are the creators, the actors, the leaders -- a future that meets our needs, the needs of those we love, and those who will be here long after we are gone.
Click on the presentation's title to view the slides.
Partnership for Hope:
An individualized support waiver that promotes and fosters self-determination and strengthens family
Director of Community Services
UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
Innovations for the Future
Vicky Davidson, M.Ed.,
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
Art Inspired Academy
Art Inspired Academy | Abilities First
& Conor McGranahan, Artist
Charting the Life Course:
Planning a Vision for an Enviable Life
Kim Buckman, Service Coordination Supervisor
County Connections | countyconnectionstcm.com
& Cyndi Johns, Human Resources & Skill Development
Learning Opportunities Quality Works (LOQW) | loqw.com
Supporting Families & Individualized Supports
Director of Family Support & Quality Enhancement
St. Louis Arc
The Tiered Supports Process:
Improving Implementation of Positive Supports for Quality Lives
Terri Rodgers, Ph.D, BCBA,
Chief Behavior Analyst
DMH Division of Developmental Disabilities
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This conference was made possible by the following:
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities | dmh.mo.gov/dd
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), established in 1974, serves a population that has developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities.
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council | moddcouncil.org
The Council's Mission is: "To assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life." The Council is consumer driven and the members are appointed by the governor to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities.
UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD | www.ihd.umkc.edu
Working with local, state, and national organizations, the UCEDD supports persons with developmental disabilities by building programs and activities designed to promote opportunities to exercise self-determination and independence, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life.