Jacqueline McGinley, LMSW, is a PhD candidate at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work at the time of filming this course. Jackie has been supporting and advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She began as a volunteer with the Special Olympics and the Chemung ARC. Then, after obtaining her MSW (Rutgers University) and attending a Certificate Program in Developmental Disabilities (The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities), Jackie worked for over four years in nonprofit disability organizations in positions ranging from social worker to behaviorist to administrator. As a researcher, Jackie has drawn upon her experiences in practice and focused on improving care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are nearing life’s end and their families. She is the author of several articles on this subject including “From Nonissue to Healthcare Crisis: A Historical Review of Aging and Dying with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability”, which was published in the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.