#LifeCourse Showcase: Opening the Door to Real Life Conversations: Reframing Materials [Gallery]

The Community of Practice has learned that one way of opening the door to new ways of talking about supports to families is through reframing.  Reframing means thinking and talking about things in a new way.  CoP states who have developed a folder have said it has been a great way to start changing the conversations about how to best support families while at the same time providing a helpful resource to families as well as the professionals who serve them.

Missouri, the demonstration state in the Community of Practice, has been developing a network folder in their state for over 10 years.  It is now entering its seventh edition and is available in alternative formats, including large print, plain text and Spanish. Since 2003, over 100,000 folders have been disseminated to individuals with disabilities, parents and caregivers, professionals, and the general public across Missouri!

As a result of the Community of Practice, other states have begun developing and distributing their own folders as part of a national movement to enhance supports to families.  In addition to Missouri, four of the CoP states have created a folder to help open the door to new conversations about supporting families.

South Dakota reached out to the National Community of Practice in 2014 to develop their own set of LifeCourse materials.  They developed a folder as well as the LifeCourse Questions and Experiences booklet, and they customized LifeCourse tools to match their new materials.

For more examples of reframing, please join us for our next Innovations series webinar, Reframing the Conversation at All Levels.  Get the details >> 


To view the guidelines for developing a folder, please download this PDF:
Strategies to Support Real Lives Folder Template Guidelines PDF file

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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