Mark Smith, MS

Nebraska UCEDD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Phone: 402-559-5744
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 02, 2020

Mark Smith

Primary Activity Coordinators: Community Support
Technical Assistance
Specialty Resource Contacts: Consumer/Family Faculty
LEND Family Faculty
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Disability Studies
Family Member/Community Member
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy
Multicultural Council
Research: Disability Policy, Legislative Analysis, Advocacy, Early Intervention, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Mentorship, Community Outreach, Leadership, Family Support, People First planning, Community Inclusion
Education: Pre-Service interdisciplinary training, internship interdisciplinary training, LEND Family Faculty, Disability Studies,
Service: Advocacy and Leadership Training for Individuals and Family Members; Community Training; Technical Assistance; Resource and Referral services.


MS, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1995, BA, Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1989 2003 to 2015, Outreach and Family Support Coordinator, Assistant Professor 2015-present, Munroe-Meyer Institute Serve as Institute liaison to national and local disability policy programs and initiatives. Develop/improve statewide systemic supports for individuals with disabilities and families. Served as staff to Institute Community Advisory Board. Serve on interdisciplinary committees at the Institute, develop curricula and supervise and train students.Develop and participate in designated presentations grant activities and special projects.Interact directly with parents and individuals with disabilities on service gaps and barriers. Eastern Nebraska Office on Developmental Disabilities, Omaha, NE1989 to 2003, Behavior Management Specialist Provided consultative behavioral health services to setting staff, parents, school staff and other providers. Services provided included assessment/data analysis, treatment plan development, documentation, in-service and community training, and collaboration with behavioral health and medical providers. Provided School Psychology and Behavior Intervention services on contract with school districts in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, private therapy clinics, and community service providers. Concurrent Experience Father of a young man with Disabilities, sibling with disabilities. National Disability Network Activities/Appointments Executive Board, Division of Early Childhood, 2013 to 2016. Oversee activitiies of DEC Executive Director. 2014-2018 Co-Chair, Council on Leadeship and Advocacy, Executive Board Member, AUCD. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 1999 to 2002, Chair, Family Empowerment Subcommittee Provide national presentations on early intervention concerns, develop materials for use nationally, attend quarterly Council meetings, and conduct monthly conference calls and other communications. Association of University Centers on Disabilities Council on Legislative Affairs, Silver Spring, MD, 2003 to present Participate on national legislative and policy initiatives, including the IDEA and Medicaid work groups. Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, Governmental Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C., 2002 to 2008 Provide advice and assistance to the Division and Council on Federal legislative and policy position initiatives. Federal Office of Special Education Programs Grant Review Panel, Washington, D.C., 2002 to present Review and provide recommendations to the Office on education grant initiatives. Hilton Early Head Start Project, California Institute of Human Services, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 2002 to 2006 Trainer in the Hilton Early Head Start Project. Served as a trainer in the Special Quest curriculum at regional annual conferences. State Disability Network Activities/Appointments Early Development Network, Department of Education, Office of Special Populations, Lincoln, NE, 2003 to present, Family Partner Participate in the administration of Early Intervention Services through the Early Development Network. Duties include policy analysis, participation in the Early Childhood Interagency Coordination Council activities and family/leadership support activities. Department of Health and Human Services Aged and Disabled Program Quality Council Work Group, Lincoln, NE, 2003 to present Participate in work group authorized by the Health and Human Services on the development and implementation of quality oversight activities for the program. PTI-Nebraska, Omaha, NE, 1995 to present Board Past President. Local Disability Network Activities/Appointments Omaha Mayor's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities, chair, 2014 - present. Arc of Omaha, member; Better Living Inc., Board member Publications Smith, M. (2009) A Communion Story.  Journal of Religion Disability and Health, Volume 13, Issue 3, p 326. Smith, M.; Hansen, H.; et al (1998) Principles of Family Involvement. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council, United States Department of Education, Washington, D.C. Smith, M.; St Clair, L. (2003) UCEDD Satisfaction Survey. Munroe-Meyer Institutes, Omaha Nebraska. Smith, M.; St Clair, L. (2004) AT Survey. Iowa Protection and Advocacy, West Des Moines, Iowa Brehm, L.; Smith, M.; et al (2005) Together for Kids and Families Family Survey. Nebraska Health Human Services, Lincoln, Nebraska. Smith M. (2006) Behavior Problems: Breaking Personal Property. Iowa Protection and Advocacy, West Des Moines, Iowa. Cohen, D.; Smith, M.; et al (2006) Family Trainee Competencies. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Washington D.C. Angus, M.; Meurrens, B.; Smith, M. (2006) Nebraska Agenda on Full Participation. Nebraska Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Lincoln, Nebraska. Regular Periodical Contributions "What's Up," Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center"The Focus, Arc of Nebraska"Mminfo," Munroe-Meyer Institute on Genetics and Rehabilitation Link to MMI Consumer & Advocacy Web Page