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The Future is Now: Supporting Real Lives, Real People
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The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities has been heading into the future with a new five year plan and redesign that will enhance and strengthen the delivery system and give people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Missouri .
The Division of Developmental Disabilities brought together experts from around the nation for two days to share the latest in best practices regarding housing, shared living, self determination, employment and enhanced individual and family supports.
As you listen to the national speakers, we hope you will be inspired to utilize this information in your local area of the state. Share what you learn with others and encourage them to embrace the new direction as well.
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Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? How Will We Know When We Are There? Life in the Community: It's Not Just About A Change in the Housing
Lessons from Plate Tectonics: Adapting Our Service Systems to a Changing Foundation
From Darkness to Light: Helping the Beautiful Girls Lead Beautiful Lives
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Partnership for Hope: Changing Lives by
Developmental Disabilities Services in Missouri
Moderator: Les Wagner, Executive Director,
Boone County Family Resources
Panel: Individuals enrolled in the Partnership for Hope Waiver
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Governor Jay Nixon made a special appearance toward the end of the conference and conveyed his intention to further expand the Partnership for Hope, citing its compassionate focus on preventing crisis, and its fiscal logic during tough economic times.
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Inventing Rather than Predicting the Future as a Provider
Uncharted Waters: Moving Beyond What We Know as Family Support
Future Critical Role of Physical Environment in Person-Centered Planning
It is Our Future We're Talking About!
Graphic Illustration of Future is Now
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Dave used graphic illustration to guide the conference participants through a process of discovery: the discovery of our story, our past and our present, so that we might look to the future of our choosing, one where we are the creators, the actors, the leaders -- a future that meets our needs, the needs of those we love, and those who will be here long after we are gone.
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This conference was made possible by the following:
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), established in 1974, serves a population that has developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities.
Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council
The Council's Mission is: "To assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of life." The Council is consumer driven and the members are appointed by the governor to plan, advocate for, and give advice concerning programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities that will increase their opportunities for independence, productivity, and integration into communities.
UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD
Working with local, state, and national organizations, the UCEDD supports persons with developmental disabilities by building programs and activities designed to promote opportunities to exercise self-determination and independence, be productive, and be integrated and included in all facets of community life. These programs and activities are categorized into the following priority areas: Health and Wellness Promotion, Early Childhood and Youth, Individual Advocacy and Family Support, Adult Community Living, Aging and Developmental Disabilities, Personnel Preparation, and Policy, Program Development and Quality Assurance.
Missouri Mental Health Foundation
The goal of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF)Â is to educate the public and change the attitudes aboutÂ mental health issues as well as build hope for individuals and familiesÂ dealing with mental health conditions.
MMHF has a singular focus to raise awareness andÂ understanding to the many issues that impact individuals and families who are living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. The Foundation is dedicated to changing the attitudes of the general population about mental health conditions and eliminating the stigma that surrounds individuals and families.