• Graduate Research Assistant
  • MSW Student

Kelly Ortenblad is a second year graduate student completing a master's degree in social work (MSW) with a concentration in health disability and aging and clinical mental health. She is specializing in international social work. Her most recent trip was to Ghana evaluating various programs that focus on disability outreach and transition.

Kelly is also working towards completing the graduate certificate in Disability Policy and Services through ICI and a graduate certificate in Aging Studies through the School of Public Health. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology from Metropolitan State University with a focus on adult development. Prior to starting the MSW program, Kelly spent over 8 years working in training and development, creating and implementing training programs for employees and volunteers in both a for-profit and nonprofit setting.



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

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is …


The Effectiveness of Engaging Parents and Family Members to Expand the Social Inclusion of Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Living with Families

A report detailing the methods and findings of a social inclusion study. Since most individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live at home, engaging families in social...

Published: 2018

The Use of TYZE.com to Enhance Social Inclusion for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

A report evaluating the use of the TYZE.com website by families who had teens and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. TYZE.com was evaluated for its usefulness in connecting …

Published: 2018


  • Direct support workforce
    • Supervision and mentoring
    • Human resources and management
    • Retention and recruitment
    • Workforce development strategies
    • Training
  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Person-centered planning and practices
    • Recreation and leisure
    • Support coordination and case management
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
  • Culture and diversity
    • Cultural competence
    • International initiatives
    • Women
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Career preparation
    • Employment and workforce development
  • Health and safety
    • Mental health supports
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
    • Learning disabilities
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
    • Multiple disabilities
  • International initiatives
    • Inclusive education
    • Disability advocacy


  • Training and professional development