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Jenny Wilson 

Jenny (Turner) Wilson is passionate about the development and implementation of best practice that will drive systems change and impact families. Her commitment to advocacy and social justice originates in her first –  and most important – role of “big sister” to a sibling with a developmental disability. The experiences she had as a family member launched her trajectory into a career as a social worker, and she has worn many different hats since earning her MSW and clinical social work license in 2009. Previously a Regional Director for a large provider of state funded services to individuals with developmental disabilities, Jenny was responsible for the development and implementation of an organizational plan to become compliant with the Home and Community Based Settings rule. She also served on statewide work groups for implementation of this federal mandate, and the revision of directives, guidelines, and service definitions. Prior to this role, she worked as a Support Coordinator (case manager), supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to develop their vision for a good life and to identify and access needed resources. Jenny strives to bring all of these perspectives into her work as the Assistant Director of the LifeCourse Nexus Training and Technical Assistance Center and the Co-Director of the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with ID/DD, and to supporting professionals to enhance person-and-family centered policies and practices.

Session Topics: 

Keynote: Framing a Good Life  
Someone more famous than me once said, “the future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.” What future are you creating with and on behalf of the people you support? And, how do you know it’s the future they want? Intentional exploration, planning, and problem-solving are crucial components to providing direct supports to people and their families. During this session, learn about a framework for supporting people – all people – to develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to create the futures they want.
Breakout: Using Charting the LifeCourse to Support Good Lives  
Join this session to “dig deeper” into the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools. Hear how providers across the country are using the trajectory, integrated support star, life domain vision tool to improve the quality of their services and support. Get hands on practice using the principles and resources to brainstorm how they can be used to support and enhance the work you – and your staff – already do every day.

Learn more about Charting the LifeCourse and LifeCourse Nexus at

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