Second Annual Charting the LifeCourse Showcase, a one-of-a-kind event, to be held in Kansas City April 19-20, 2018!

Since 2012, the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with I/DD has been the vehicle for spread of the principles of the Charting the LifeCourse framework, as well as the feedback loop on how the framework and materials are being used in and across states to improve the lives of individuals with I/DD and their families at all levels.

The Supporting Families Community of Practice team is very excited to announce that the Second Annual Charting the LifeCourse Showcase will be held April 19-20, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri, by the UMKC Institute for Human Development in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services. The Showcase is being held in conjunction with the CoP 2018 Annual Meeting,

Who should attend?

  • Families and self-advocates
  • Family organizations, networks, and support groups
  • Special educators, transition specialists, and employment professionals
  • Support/service coordinators and targeted case management providers
  • Direct support professionals
  • Leaders, managers, and directors

There will be something for everyone at the Showcase! We hope to see you there!

Get the details about the Showcase at

CoP Annual Meeting
The Annual CoP Meeting is an opportunity for all CoP state teams attend and share learning on supporting families practices and policies from around the nation. The CoP Meeting is closed to state Community of Practice teams and national partners. For more information or questions about this event, please contact

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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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