Announcing Dr. George Gotto, UMKC IHD Director

We are pleased to announce that the University of Missouri-Kansas City has appointed George Gotto, Ph.D., to serve as director of the UMKC Institute for Human Development. George has served as interim director of UMKC IHD since August 2018. He joined the Institute in 2009 and was named Associate Director of Research in 2016. He [...]

Dr. Sheli Reynolds Receives MACDDS Award

On Friday, October 18, the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS) presented Dr. Sheli Reynolds with the "Friend of MACDDS" Award at their 2019 Annual Conference. MACDDS Board member, Nancy Pennington, nominated Sheli for this honor to recognize her passion for and unrelenting work to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. [...]

UMKC IHD Welcomes Dr. Mike Abel as Associate Director of Research and Evaluation

UMKC IHD is pleased to announce the addition of Michael B. Abel, Ph.D., as new Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. Dr. Abel will provide leadership to UMKC IHD’s scholarly work and activities related to early childhood, health and aging, and community policy and development. Dr. Mike Abel, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation Abel [...]

National Community of Practice Expands

The National Community of Practice (NCoP) for Supporting Families welcomed five new states in September 2019. Teams from Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota traveled to UMKC IHD to learn about working together for Systems Change at the state level. Sheli Reynolds, Associate Director, UMKC IHD, led the orientation meeting, with support from Jenny Turner, Jane St. John, Crystal Bell, and Carol Calhoun. Participants [...]

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 [...]