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Age and disabilities highlighted at Odyssey Conference in Duluth

June 07, 2013

Kelsey Gorsen

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“Framework for the Future” is the theme of the 2013 Age & Disabilities Odyssey, which is being held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center June 17 and 18. Issues facing aging Minnesotans, people with disabilities, and caregivers and services that support them will be explored at the conference.

Features this year include pre-conference intensive sessions, most of which are free and open to the public for the first time. The pre-conference intensive sessions run from 8 to 11 a.m. on June 17 and nearly all have no pre-requisites to register. Attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the intensive.

Another highlight of this year’s Odyssey is the Why Treaties Matter exhibit, which will be on display throughout the conference. The public will have the opportunity to view the exhibit on the morning of June 17, along with the chance to tour the conference exhibit hall featuring more than 80 booths with information about new products, services and programs.

Workshops, plenary sessions, and poster and roundtable discussions for conference attendees will round out the 2013 Odyssey. 

“As it is every year, the conference is a chance for people who provide services for people with disabilities and older Minnesotans to learn, network and share their ideas,” said Don Samuelson, chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging.

More than 1,000 aging and disabilities services professionals are expected to attend the conference, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging.

“We are pleased to offer the public, this year for the first time, free access to learning sessions on wide-ranging topics affecting every family,” said DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “This is also an opportunity celebrate this year’s legislative successes for older Minnesotans and people with disabilities as well as national recognition Minnesota has received for its quality long-term services and supports.”

Registration for the conference is still open. Visit the Age and Disabilities Odyssey website to register and for more information.

Editor’s note: The Why Treaties Matter exhibit is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.

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