Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet:

​The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Service of Office of Performance Outcomes & Accountability and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Practice and Policy Research Quarterly 

Recorded Lectures

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions


Tuesday, September 26th, noon - 1:00 pm.


Crystal Bell


Reframing Change at ALL Levels

to Support Families Across the LifeCourse


Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73106


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Summary:  Oklahoma is a member state in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families with 16 other states to enhance policies and practices that impact families with members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across the lifespan. This work is guided by Charting the LifeCourse framework, developed to help individuals and families at any age or stage of life think about what they need to know, identify how to find or develop integrated supports, and discover what it takes to create a “good life” both now and in the future. This presentation will introduce the Charting the LifeCourse framework as a foundation for working with individuals with I/DD and their families, exploring the effect of past and current policies and practices, the significant role families play across the lifespan, as well as the concepts of “ALL”, life stages and domains, vision and trajectory, the “3 buckets”, and the integrated supports star. Real life examples of implementation of the framework will be shared.



Crystal Bell is the mother of Peyton, a 13-year-old with a Down Syndrome diagnosis, Conner, a 12-year-old, with an Autism diagnosis, and Lilly, an energetic, “typically” developing two-year-old. Crystal had been an active volunteer at Missouri Family to Family Information Center, housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development before joining their team full-time last fall. She is an active, trained, Sharing Our Strengths Peer Mentor and Family Leader within the Missouri Family to Family organization, as well as a 2016 graduate of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking Program, a leadership and advocacy training program for parents of children with developmental disabilities as well as adult self-advocates. Crystal is a lifelong learner whose education and trainings span all life stages and domains and include training on Wrightslaw, Tools of Choice and Care Coordination and Advocacy. Through her extensive training and personal implementation of the LifeCourse Tools and Framework since early 2013, Crystal and her family have experienced the first-hand transformations that occur when an individual and their family are given the permission to dream.


Last Updated: August 08, 2017
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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