Jody Van Ness
  • Education Program Specialist 2
Email
jhoferva@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-625-7593
Address
Inst on Community Integration
Room 212A PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Ms. Van Ness provides writing, consultation, and coordination support for new courses in the College of Direct Support, drawing on a varied background in writing, editing, teaching, and educational consulting. Her personal and professional experiences provide a strong foundation of knowledge on person centered practices and self direction.

Ms. Van Ness holds a master's degree in education and administration, with an emphasis on autism and other neurobehavioral disorders. She also earned an autism certificate and is mother to an adult son living with autism. Besides developing and serving as the CEO of Eye Box Tools, her professional foundation includes 15 years of classroom teaching and non-profit work. She was also the first Executive Director of Lionsgate Academy, a Minnesota charter school serving students with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Ms. Van Ness has 10 years of work experience in the mental health field and served as a psychoeducational consultant at Fraser, where she trained and coached families and professionals.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Projects

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DirectCourse

Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults.…
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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…