UMKC IHD Projects Collaborate for Health Events

The Missouri Disability and Health Collaborative (MODHC) and Missouri Family to Family (MOF2F) teams brought their skills and knowledge together to offer a Charting the LifeCourse for Health (CtLC) event on March 22. The presentation drew around 40 guests, most with disabilities, to IHD to learn about creating personal health visions and plans. Crystal Bell and Jane St. John presented CtLC materials. Christy Miller organized the event. The [...]

DD Network Launches Missouri Consortium on Supported Decision Making

UMKC IHD specializes in developing partnerships for effective social change. Last week, IHD kicked off a new collaboration bringing people together in an organized, statewide effort to promote "Supported Decision Making" (SDM) as a preferred alternative to guardianship for adults with disabilities.The Missouri Consortium on Supported Decision Making is an outgrowth of the SDM Symposium held on September 12. [...]

SOAR Strengthens Advocates from Four States

UMKC IHD welcomed over 200 participants to Independence, Missouri, May 31 - June 2, as a co-sponsor and organizer of the first of its kind Midwest advocacy and leadership conference: Seeking Opportunities for an Advocacy Revolution (SOAR). People with disabilities, their family members, and disability system professionals traveled from Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas to attend.   [...]

Charting the LifeCourse Showcase 2019

Over 375 professionals, family members, and self advocates traveled from across the nation to participate in the 2019 Charting the LifeCourse Showcase on May 1 and 2. The event gave participants opportunities to present the ways they are incorporating the CtLC framework into their lives, professional practice, and disability systems, as well as learn from [...]

Alianzas presents findings on Latinx Families to Missouri DD Council

On January 17-18, Gerardo Martinez, program director of UMKC IHD's Alianzas, presented results of the Supporting Education and Empowerment to Define Systems change (SEEDS) grant to the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC). Through the grant, Alianzas investigated needs and barriers experienced by Missouri Latinx families that care for members with disabilities. Gerardo met with a series of [...]

ACED Announces New Funding, Expansion

This January, Platte and Clay Counties’ Developmental Disabilities Boards began funding ACED’s first-ever expansion for students who live in Kansas City’s Northland. “ACED Northland” will offer classes on six Saturday mornings each semester at Northwest Missouri University’s Innovation Center in Gladstone, MO. Jackson County classes will continue on the campuses of UMKC, Avila University, and [...]

UMKC Chancellor and Provost Visit IHD

On Thursday, January 10, UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer, and their chiefs of staff met with members of IHD to learn more about the Institute. The visit included a private meeting with IHD Interim Director George Gotto followed by a group meet and greet. The UMKC leaders learned about IHD’s overall mission [...]

UMKC IHD Staff Attend the 2018 AUCD Conference

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs, including the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Six UMKC IHD staff attended the AUCD 2018 Conference, which took place from November 11–14 and was entitled, “We ALL Belong Here! [...]

IHD Hosts Community Conversation on Disabilities and Diversity

A Community Conversation, “Disabilities and Diversity: Challenges and Accomplishments,” was held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development. The concept for this meeting grew out of common interests between Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the U.S. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and U.S. Rep. Emanuel [...]

George Gotto Presents on Partnership for Hope Evaluation Project

George Gotto, UMKC Institute for Human Development, described the Partnership for Hope evaluation project. The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) recently held its annual Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference. in Kansas City, MO. Staff from the UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) represented their work to enhance the [...]