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Date and Time: January 11, 2022 | 12:15pm-1:45pm


The Charting the LifeCourse framework was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. The framework can be used in personal and professional roles for planning, problem-solving and decision. Join this session to learn more about integrating the CtLC framework and tools into your practices to help individuals achieve self-determination, interdependence, integration, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.


Lisa Meyer has worked in the human services field for more than 40 years. She is an independent consultant. Currently Ms. Meyer supports states with the implementation of Person-Centered Systems, Person Centered Thinking Training, PCT Coaching, Plan Facilitation Training and PCT Trainer Credentialing. She provides technical assistance for educational systems that support students, youth/young adults in transition, their families, and professionals in implementing planning strategies that promote youth advocacy and self-determination. Ms. Meyer is also recognized by the Charting the LifeCourse Nexus team as a curriculum developer, trainer, Ambassador, coach and facilitator. Ms. Meyer’s educational and professional accomplishments include an Associate of Science in Mental Health & Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Specialist, a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Education in Curriculum Supervision and Instruction. She is certified by the ASTD Association for Training & Talent Development Designing Learning. Ms. Meyer got her grassroots start in the disabilities system by providing direct in-home support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people in need of emotional health/behavioral health support. There is an intersection between Ms. Meyer’s professional and personal life as she is also a family member and informally provides support to members of her family who are living with intellectual/developmental disabilities and autism.

Jennifer “Jenny” Turner is a Senior Research Associate at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She specializes in organizational and systems change, supporting and training professionals, and is a member of the staff team for the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families. As a member of the Charting the LifeCourse team, Jenny participates in the development and dissemination of promising practices to enhance person-and-family centered policies and practices within state agencies and provider organizations. Previously Jenny worked as regional director for a large provider of state funded services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She also served on state wide work groups for implementation of the Home and Community Based Settings rule throughout the state of Missouri, the development of the Missouri Support Coordinator Core Competencies and related tools, and the revision of directives, guidelines, and service definitions. Jenny started her career as a Support Coordinator (case manager), supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to develop their vision for a good life and to identify and access needed resources. She received her Master of Social Work from Missouri State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her passion for the development and implementation of best practice that will drive systems change and impact families originates in growing up as a sibling of a sister with a developmental disability.


At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Describe 2 impacts of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the family and community context.

2. Identify at least 3 strategies for supporting individuals and families to understand and maximize the reciprocal roles of all family members.

3. Utilize the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools to support individuals and families in planning, problem-solving, and decision making


Gotto, G. S., Reynolds, M. C., Palmer, S. B., & Chiang, D. F. (2019). Supporting families through the Charting the LifeCourse Framework. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities57(1), 56–65.

Reynolds, M. C., Palmer, S. B., & Gotto, G. S. (2018, August 17). Reconceptualizing natural supports for people with disabilities and their families. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 54, 177-209.