NASDDDS MYC Plenary Panel: Reframing Expectations at All Levels

Setting expectations early with families that their children can expect a future in the community with a job, and that children with disabilities can expect the same things as those without disabilities takes reframing the expectations and training of staff and partners in the system. Three states will share their insights, ideas and experiences in how state DD agencies, along with their partners, can begin to shape early expectations of a good life in the community.

Oklahoma will share their experience in reframing expectations spreading the message of ‘The Good Life’ for all across their state. They have coupled this message with the LifeCourse framework lens to help individuals and families understand their right to live, love, work, play and worship in the community and provide them with a set of tools to make the lives they want possible.  Oklahoma has taken this ‘Good Life’ message all the way to the Governor’s special task force to address the waitlist.

Oregon leaders will discuss their work in youth transition with the school system and families.  Specifically, they will highlight that retooling the Individual Support Plan to enhance youth interest and exploration in employment, provides a deeper exploration into why someone says they do not want to work.

Maryland leadership will talk about the current Transformation Initiative.  One of the five main emphasis areas outlined in the initiative is supporting families.  From communication, to outreach, to funding, hear from a state launching into the LifeCourse framework as it focus for redesigning the overall state system.



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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