Innovations in Supporting Families Community of Practice Framework for Systems Change Series

The Innovations series is a FREE webinar series focused on innovative strategies to enhance the systems that support families of individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities. The series features presentations from national experts about innovative strategies related to the experience of individuals and families as they navigate through their life course and use supports to assist them. After each webinar, an issues brief is released, highlighting information from the presentation and learning from the CoP.

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LifeCourse Framework

The LifeCourse framework was developed to help individuals with disabilities and families at any age or stage of life think about what they need to know, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but may also find it helpful to look ahead to start thinking about what they can do or learn now that will help build an inclusive productive life in the future.

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Wingspread Final Report

A group of diverse national and state family support leaders and stakeholders met during a three-day intensive conference held on March 6-8, 2011 at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin. The purpose of the conference was to generate recommendations for a National Agenda on Family Support for families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Watch and learn

Family and professional leaders talk about policies and practices for supporting families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Through the CoP, the LifeCourse Framework continues to be developed and adapted by the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development. The development of the LifeCourse Framework is ongoing, and the team at UMKC continues revise and refine it to guide the work related to supporting families and enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Since the Community of Practice entered its beginning stages in 2012, the framework has traveled many places through presentations.

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