Where has the LifeCourse Framework Been?

Where has the LifeCourse framework traveled? | National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with I/DD

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 as well as dissemination of materials and product partnership.


  • National AUCD Conference, Washington D.C. – November 10-11, 2014
  • Oregon Family Network Webinar – October 14 2014
  • UNC School of Social Work series: Focus on Family and Disability, Chapel Hill, NC – September 8-9 2014
  • National HCBS Conference, Washington, D.C.- September 15–18, 2014
  • Reinventing Quality Conference, Baltimore, Maryland – August 3-5, 2014
  • National AAIDD Conference – Orlando, Florida – June 24-27, 2014
  • DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group forum on Family Support and Listening to People, Reynoldsburg, Ohio – June 10-11, 2014
  • Future is Now: Making the Connection, Columbia, Missouri – June 17-18 2014
  • Tennessee Mega Conference, Nashville, Tennessee – May 28-29 2014
  • The Way Forward: Charting a Course for the Future,  Manhattan Beach, California – April 3-4 2014
  • Joining Forces: Supporting Family-Professional Partnerships Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – February 19, 2014
  • 2014 Governors Conference on Developmental Disabilities, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – February 18, 2014
  • National AMCHP Conference, Washington, D.C. – January 27-28, 2014


  • 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

LifeCourse products and the framework have been to the following states by way of dissemination and product partnership:

  • Ohio (Ohio Siblings Conference, Columbus, OH – November 7-8, 2014)
  • South Dakota (LifeCourse Folder and Experiences Guide development, 2014)
  • Arizona (Supporting Families report – October 2014)
  • Tennessee  (LifeCourse Folder – June 2014)
  • Washington  (LifeCourse Folder – October 2013)
  • Connecticut  (LifeCourse Folder – September 2013)

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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