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AUCD - Plenary A: Going to Scale: Making the Exceptional Typical

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Monday, November 1, 2010 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Regency Ballroom E/F/Center

Session Description

The last several decades have provided hundreds, if not thousands, of demonstrations of exceptional ways to support people with developmental disabilities in their communities.  The examples of best practice that have been transformed into typical practices are unfortunately far too rare.  In this talk, Michael Smull will reflect on his career-long commitment to bringing best practices to scale - to the point where they become the "expected practice."

If the exceptional is to become typical, leaders must:

  • Develop and share a vision
  • Assess efforts and practices against this vision
  • Determine what elements can be done at scale
  • Use these to define "expected practice"
  • Create positive pressure for change

Smull will specifically address the potential role of the UCEDDs and LENDs in taking best practices to scale.  He will outline how the resources of AUCD network programs give them a unique opportunity to make these transformational efforts successful. 



Featured Presenter(s)

Michael Smull

Michael Smull has been working with people with disabilities for the past 37 years. He has had extensive experience in nearly all aspects of developing community services and in changing current practice. Michael Smull is the Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP), and a partner in Support Development Associates (SDA). He is the co-developer of essential lifestyle planning and has worked in 47 states, Canada, the U.K , Australia, and Belgium. He has helped found 3 community agencies, assisted existing agencies to convert from programs to supports, and states, regions, and counties to change their structures to support self-determination. He has helped people leave institutions in the US and the UK.. Mr. Smull has written extensively on issues relating to supporting people with challenging behaviors, person centered planning, and the challenge of changing our system to one that will support self-determination. From 1982 through 1997 he was at the University of Maryland. When he left he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the College Park Campus and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics, at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Mr. Smull works with agencies, regions and states on learning the skills that underlie good person centered plans and making the changes needed within organizations and systems to implement those plans. He is the recipient of the 2006 AAIDD service award. Michael Smull and Mary Lou Bourne are the co-designers of efforts to develop person centered systems. This work is taking place in over 40 agencies and 6 states. He lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife and four dogs.