• Marketing and Business Development Manager
Email
smith495@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-624-4336
Fax
+1 612-625-6619
Web
rtcmedia.umn.edu
Address
Inst on Community Integration
Room 110A PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jerry Smith is an award-winning filmmaker and media director specializing in documentary and educational programs supporting people with developmental and other disabilities. As a creative marketing professional, he is a leader in nurturing strategic partnerships, developing marketing and brand strategies, and curating content that brings stories about community living for people with disabilities to life. At the Institute on Community Integration Jerry has directed dozens of films for broadcast, DVD, and web delivery. Recent projects include The Real Story, a short film exploring media bias in mainstream news coverage of disability issues; Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization, a historical documentary examining an idea that revolutionized human services in the 1970s; and On the Autism Spectrum, a series of awareness films for the Somali, Hmong, Latino, African American, and American Indian communities in Minnesota. Jerry also manages a number of web-based multimedia projects, including Self-Advocacy Online, a web portal for self-advocates funded by the MacArthur Foundation that provides accessible, media-rich content and social networking features, and Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement, a wiki-based, multi-media site delivering presentations on key leaders and collecting and sharing historical content from site visitors. Jerry earned a Bachelor's in Philosophy from Central Michigan University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

Projects

Project

Dropout Prevention Initiative Documentary and Monograph [Archived]

Synthesized the results and findings of the five-year, federally-funded Dropout Prevention Model project implemented by the Minnesota Department of Education with seven school districts in the…
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Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education (GRC)

Collaborates with national education agencies, non-governmental organizations, and universities around the world in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that…
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DSP Workforce Development Program [Archived]

Provided state-of-the-art resources to help people with disabilities and their families find and retain quality Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Specifically, the program updated and marketed…
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Normalization Principle and Wolf Wolfensberger Project, The

Produces a 56-minute (one-hour broadcast time slot) documentary on the work of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, an influential American academic and sometimes controversial leader in the reform of human…
Project

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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Enhancing the Inclusion of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Armenia: University of Minnesota - Armenian State Pedagogical University Partnership

Builds a sustainable partnership between the University of Minnesota and Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU), the only university in that eastern European country that trains both general…
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Active Support Interventions and Their Effect on Increased Participation of Persons With Disabilities [Archived]

Conducts a longitudinal, randomized control study to examine the impact of Active Support (AS) interventions in 20 group homes in Minnesota. AS is an organizational intervention that enables Direct…
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History of Leadership in Developmental Disabilities: A Wiki Project

Uses Web and Wiki technology to collect, preserve, and share the history of leadership in the developmental disabilities field over the past 150 years, and pass on to future leaders the stories of…
Project

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…
Project

QualityMall.org Web Site on Person-Centered Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Provides resources and information on leading-edge, person-centered supports for use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, in a wide…
Project

Reinventing Quality: A Biennial Conference on Person-Centered Supports

Showcases best practices in person-centered supports from across the nation. This conference is held every two years. The next event will be in 2018.
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Self-Advocacy Online: Research and Development to Bridge the Digital Divide

Develops a model for making Web sites accessible for people with intellectual and related cognitive disabilities, and launches an educational and networking Web site for teens and adults with…

Products

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining how people with intellectual…Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Self-determination and Self-advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining the value of self-determination and self-advocacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a…Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining employment in the general workforce and economic self-sufficiency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and…Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Aging, Retirement, and End of Life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining aging issues and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short presentations.Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Workforce for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining the need for a better match between the growing demand for a...

Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A video and an accompanying brief outlining long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher provides a short presentation.Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Social Inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining social Inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short presentations.Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Health and Wellness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A video and an accompanying brief outlining health and Wellness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher provides a short presentation.Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Supports for Families for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining supports for families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short…Published: 2016

National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice: Education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A pair of videos and an accompanying brief outlining education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A researcher and a self-advocate both provide short presentations.Published: 2016

Research and Training Center on Community Living YouTube channel

A YouTube channel containing videos prepared by ICI's Research and Training Center on Community Living.Published: 2013

Education for Every Child: Armenia's Path to Inclusion

Documentary film, 28 minutes in length, exploring the work of University of Minnesota researchers collaborating with UNICEF-Armenia and Armenian State Pedagogical University in developing fully…Published: 2018

Quality Mall

An interactive database providing an online clearinghouse of over 3,500 resources from around the country related to person-centered services and supports for persons with intellectual and…Published: 2004 - Present

Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement Wiki

An interactive multi-media database that profiles key leaders in the developmental disabilities movement through video presentations and wiki articles.

Published: 2011

State of the Science: Theories, Concepts, and Evidence Guiding Policy and Practice in Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual Disabilities

A set of online video presentations from the July 2012 conference, State of the Science: Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Experts in…Published: 2013

Self-Advocacy Online

A multimedia resource providing information important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that is accessible to all. The content is translated into understandable language…Published: 2012-Present

An Independent Assessment of the Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission Voice Review Program

A report on the VOICE program, a person-centered quality assurance system that emphasizes self-determination created by the Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission in Southeast Minnesota.

Published: 2008

ANCOR/RTC Realistic Job Preview

A video illustrating the real, everyday work of direct support professionals (DSPs) in the field of developmental disabilities. This job preview is a DSP recruitment strategy designed to give…Published: 2017

Waa Maxey Autism (What is Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder?)

A video covering facts about ASD, including signs and symptoms and behavior challenges.

Published: 2013

Helitaanka Xanaada (Current treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder)

A video presenting a Somali parent discussing current treatments and interventions for individual with ASD.

Published: 2013

Aragtida Waalidka (Parents' Views)

A video presenting a Somali parent sharing her experiences and knowledge to help connect other parents with resources on autism.

Published: 2013

Active Support: People Fully Engaged in Life

A DVD providing an overview of Active Support -- how it is implemented and the kind of training involved to make it successful. Active Support is an organizational intervention that enables Direct...

Published: 2014

Radical Inclusion in the Arts

A video weaving together concepts raised by Changing Landscapes Symposium presenters about artwork created by artists with disabilities and its...

Published: 2011

Of the Community: Eight Stories of Community Living, Participation, and Inclusion

A film telling the stories of eight individuals with disabilities who have vibrant lives in which they live and participate in their communities in the ways they choose. Their stories illustrate...

Published: 2015

Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization

A film documenting the social paradigm shift triggered by Wolf Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who, in the early 1970s, popularized and expanded the principle of normalization of people...

Published: 2016

RTC Media YouTube channel

A YouTube channel containing documentary films, educational and training video programs, organizational profiles, and interviews, all developed through the Research and Training Center on Community…Published: 2012

Institute on Community Integration YouTube channel

A YouTube channel containing videos prepared by the Institute on Community Integration.Published: 2016

Higher Ground: The Dedication of Direct Support Professionals During and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (film)

A documentary film telling the stories of some of the heroic Direct Support Professionals from New Orleans who, despite long hours, low pay, and tremendous stress and trauma, continued to provide...

Published: 2007

Community Living and Participation: Employment

A profile of Best Buy employee Tamir Tsogsbaatar. This video is a companion to Tamir's personal story in the book Community Living and Participation for People With Intellectual and Developmental…Published: 10/29/2019

Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support

“Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support” is a documentary film exploring the underappreciated and underfunded work of direct support professionals (DSPs), the people who support…Published: 2019

Topics

  • Community life
    • Civil rights
      • Self-advocacy and self-determination
      • Culture and diversity
        • International initiatives
        • Specific disability
          • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
          • Specific life stage
            • Adults

            Activities

            • Dissemination
              • Outreach
                • Training and professional development