Introduction Workshops to Charting the LifeCourse to Help Support Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Across Nebraska

News Release
For Immediate Release: 2/6/2023

Alycia Davis, (531) 249-8079,

​Lincoln – The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities is excited to incorporate the Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework as part of the person-centered planning approach. This will help individuals receiving services to celebrate their strengths and identify areas where supports and services can be used to help individuals achieve their goals and help people live better lives.

“The adoption of Charting the LifeCourse as a formal Person-Centered Planning (PCP) platform will operationalize these concepts and ideas statewide to ensure that services are more person-centered in Nebraska," said Kristen Larsen, Executive Director of the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities. “I encourage HCBS participants, families, guardians, service providers, and advocates to participate in this next phase of learning and implementation to enhance individual choice, independence, and integration into the community."

NCDD is hosting five virtual workshops during February that will give individuals, family members, and providers an opportunity to learn about the Charting the LifeCourse framework, how to use it to make a plan, problem-solve, and make decisions. Spanish translation will be available during the live webinars.

These virtual workshops will:

  • Introduce the Charting the LifeCourse Framework as a foundation for working with people and helping them integrate these strategies into their day-to-day practices. 
  • Highlight the significant role families play in a person's life across their lifespan.
  • Provide real-life examples and strategies that can be used to develop a plan toward the “good life".
  • Provide an opportunity for reflection and brainstorming on how this framework can be used for person-centered planning.

These workshops are open to all individuals, but sessions will focus on either individual advocates, supporting family members, or providers who administer quality person-centered supports and services.

Workshop Information:

With help from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), these webinars will also be used as a tool to train and recruit applicants who are interested in becoming a CtLC Ambassador. NCDD will collect ambassador applications from mid-February through early March. These ambassadors will be recruited from self-advocates (individuals receiving HCBS services), family members, providers, and advocates. UMKC will provide training for up to 15 certified ambassadors to establish a network of innovators and early adopters who can champion the adoption and integration of the CtLC framework into policy, practice, and procedure across Nebraska.​

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