Keynote Speaker- Michael Smull

Michael Smull has been working with people with disabilities since 1972. His extensive experience covers nearly all aspects of developing community services. Michael is the Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) and a senior partner in Support Development Associates (SDA). He is the co-developer of Essential Lifestyle Planning and has worked in 48 states and seven countries. He has helped found three (3) community agencies, assisted existing agencies with the conversion from programs to supports, and helped states, regions, and counties change their structures in order to support self-determination. He has helped people leave institutions in the US and the UK. ​

Michael 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 worked at the University of Maryland.

When he left in 1997 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.

 Michael and Mary Lou Bourne are the co-designers of efforts to develop person centered systems. His current efforts are focused on helping organizations and systems make the needed changes in skills, practices, and policies that result in supporting people to have self-directed lives. This work has taken place in over 50 agencies and 10 states. Mr. Smull is the recipient of the 2015 Compass Award from the National Association of Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the 2006 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities service award. Michael lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Andy and their four dogs.

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