Through National Community of Practice on Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 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.









  • National TASH Conference, Chicago, Illinois – December 12-13, 2013
  • National AUCD Conference, Washington D.C. – November 17-19, 2013
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services Annual Conference, Alexandria, Virginia – November 14-15, 2013
  • Employment First: From Vision to Reality, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers Employment Conference, Massachusetts, November 1, 2013
  • 2013 Delaware Leadership Institute, Newark, DE – July 24-25, 2013
  • Managing Life’s Transitions: Understand Your Role in Your Child’s Life, Columbia, Maryland – April 9, 2013


  • Boggs Center Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series, Charting a Life Course, New Brunswick, New Jersey – December 2012
  • Charting a Life Course: A Framework and strategies for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families (Presentation & Poster), AUCD 2012 National Conference, Washington, D.C. – December 2012