Michelle C. Reynolds | Missouri Family to Family

Michelle C. Reynolds, PhD


Dr. Reynolds’ passion, knowledge, and experience come from growing up as a sibling of a brother with developmental disabilities.  She is Director of Individual Advocacy and Family Support at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development (UCEDD) where she has worked for over 17 years.  In this role she is responsible for projects that directly impact the lives of persons with disabilities and their families such as the HRSA Family-to-Family Health Information Center for Missouri, Parent-to-Parent program housed within the Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center, and HRSA Integrated Community Services and Innovative Models grant initiatives.  Additionally, she recently transitioned from a role providing direct support to People First of Missouri and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the state and national self-advocacy movement for adults with developmental disabilities, to focusing on policy and systems change at the national and state level centering on supports for families with family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has an integral role in developing and moving the national agenda on supporting families with a member with intellectual and developmental disabilities forward in a lead role on the Wingspread Conference event which produced the National Agenda for Supporting Families with a Member with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and in her role on the AUCD Family Special Interest Group.  Her work focuses on transformation of state systems, such as developmental disability, early childhood, and special health care needs to focus on person- and family-centered outcomes.  Nationally she is able to impact state systems in her role as the co-principal investigator on the National Community of Practice on Supports to Families grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with National Association on State Developmental Disability Directors.  In May 2014 she was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID).  She received her doctorate in Public Administration and Sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a focus on family support research and policy for families of individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.