Mark Smith, MS

Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Mark Smith, MS

Mark Smith, M.S. is Coordinator of the Individual and Family Resource Program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He also serves as the Family Faculty to the Munroe-Meyer Institute LEND program.

For over 35 years, Mr. Smith has developed and implemented efforts and projects promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families to fully participate in their communities. He has served in a variety of roles, from coordinating the return of institutionalized individuals to their communities in Nebraska to working at the local, state, and national levels on the implementation of Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. He continues his efforts in this area as a member of the Executive Board of the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. As the parent and sibling of individuals with disabilities, Mr. Smith was a founding member of the Early Intervention Family Alliance, a parent-led national organization focused on the need to insure the family voice be included in Early Intervention policy discussions at all levels.

Mr. Smith’s areas of work and experience related to disability policy and practice vary widely, including national policy work on Genetic Medicine through the Genetic Alliance, Mental Health through the National Association for Dual Diagnosis, Health Policy through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Individual and Family Support through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and Special Education policy and practice.

Mr. Smith holds degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska in Psychology. In 2011, Mr. Smith was a recipient of the Silver U Award for his work from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.