• Education Specialist 2
Inst on Community Integration
Room 204-K Pattee Hall [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Laurie "Chet" Tschetter is an Education Specialist 2 at the Research & Training Center at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota. She completed a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Elementary Music at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

She directed residential and day camps, respite programs, a work-leisure program, and travel program for individuals with disabilities while working at True Friends near Annandale, Minnesota for 20 years. Chet has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She supported individuals in securing employment and/or navigating university. She was the Education Program Manager for the Autism Society of Minnesota where she provided ASD training to the community, provided social skills classes and events for children and adults with ASD, wrote and administered grants to support the organizations education programs.

At ICI, Chet is the co-editor for Frontline Initiative which is a newsletter for Direct Support Professionals. Chet is active in projects related to the workforce for community services, and contributes to systems change to Person Centered Practices by leading and coordinating training events and authoring for the College of Direct Support.




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Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

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Frontline Initiative: The Changing Roles of the Direct Support Professional

A newsletter issue recognizing the changing role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP). This issue highlights public policies that can support the changing role of DSPs, and ways they support…

Published: 2018

Frontline Initiative: Making a Career in Direct Support

This issue of Frontline Initiative is about making a career in direct support. Direct support professionals (DSPs) report on why and how they have accomplished this. People supported and their…

Published: 9/21/2020

Person and Family-Centered Approaches in Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders Training Project: Final Report

A report describing Developing and Engaging Training on Person-Centered and Family-Centered Approaches in Mental Health and Co-occurring Disorders , a training project that ICI performed for the…

Published: 2019

Frontline Initiative: Self-Care for DSPs

A newsletter issue promoting self-care for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). To assist the people they support, DSPs must also take care of their own needs, health, and wellness. Incorporating…

Published: 2019

Frontline Initiative: Supporting Healthy Relationships

This issue of Frontline Initiative focuses on developing awareness, knowledge, and skills for supporting healthy relationships. It also includes information about tools and resources that direct...

Published: 2020


  • Community life
    • Community supports and services
      • Faith communities
        • Friendships and social relationships
          • Person-centered planning and practices
            • Recreation and leisure
              • Social inclusion
              • Direct support workforce
                • Retention and recruitment
                  • Supervision and mentoring
                    • Training
                      • Workforce development strategies
                      • Employment and postsecondary education
                        • Accommodations and supports
                          • Customized employment
                            • Day training and habilitation
                              • Employment and workforce development
                              • Housing and residential services
                                • Community group residential
                                  • Consumer/self-directed services
                                    • Family supports/in-home services
                                    • Specific disability
                                      • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                        • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                          • Multiple disabilities
                                            • Other health impairment
                                              • Physical disability
                                              • Specific life stage
                                                • Adolescents and young adults
                                                  • Adults
                                                    • Children


                                                    • Technical assistance
                                                      • Training and professional development