Michael Smull has been working with people who use long-term supports and services since 1972. He is the senior partner in Support Development Associates and the founder and Chair of The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. He is the co-developer of a person-centered thinking curricula and of essential lifestyle planning. Mr. Smull has provided training and consultation in 48 states, and 7 countries. He been the executive director of two community agencies and was a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has assisted agencies, states, regions, and counties to make the changes needed to support person-centered practices. Mr. Smull has written extensively on person-centered thinking and planning, the challenge of changing to a person centered system, and issues relating to supporting people with challenging behaviors. He continues to work with states and agencies in their efforts to have an effective person-centered approach to services and support. Mr. Smull is the recipient of the 2015 Compass Award from the National Association of Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and the 2006 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities service award.