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Bonnie Jean Smith
Name Bonnie Jean Smith
Preferred Mailing Address 1334 Washburn Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Contact Phone Work: 952-838-1365
Home: 612-558-5956
Fax: 612-827-3065
Education Wichita State University, Education
Metropolitan State University, Crisis Intervention
Partners in Policymaking® graduate
Interest in developmental disabilities Bonnie Jean Smith is an American author, advocate, mentor and parent. Ms Smith is a parent of four, two who are persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Experience in developmental disabilities Ms. Smith's family moved relatively frequently during her early childhood due to her father being a member of the active US military service. Her sibling family lived at such diverse locales as: France, Michigan, and Colorado prior to settling permanently in the Kansas City metro area. Upon graduating high school, she attended Wichita State University (1971-1974), majoring in Education.

Ms. Smith's professional background and resume are quite extensive. She is the 1986 Honor Graduate of the US Army Patient Administrations School, a member of Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (1998-2006)(2011), served as Quality Director for Independence, Productivity, Self Determination, Integration & Inclusion (IPSII, Inc.) for people with Disabilities and Their Families (2002-2004), served as a State of Minnesota Quality Indicator Business Team Member for Minneapolis Public Schools Overview (2001-2002), served as Co-chair of the parent-run Minneapolis Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (1998-2002), attended the Harvard University Civil Rights Symposium (2000-2003) and the Harvard University Multiple Intelligences (2003), attended the Developmental Disabilities Institute Michigan's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities completing the Family Support Navigator Training Academy February 2010.

Her distinguished career and training also chronicle numerous situations over the past thirty years where she has advocated and coordinated the implementation of legal, medical, educational and other social service systems to be deployed on behalf of children and their families within her community. She has worked extensively developing programs and solutions for Woman's Advocate, Inc. (the first battered women's shelter in the nation). As Supervisor of Early Learning Center (Phillips Community Initiatives for Children - Minneapolis, Minnesota), Smith supervised staff and volunteers; evaluated, improved and implemented childcare programming needs; developed daycare outreach referral services for parents; assisted in productive grant writing and general fund raising for the organization; provided advocacy for children and parents with special needs; and, connected families with community supports and available programs. Working as a Parent Advocate Trainer (Bloomington, Minnesota), she teaches parents where they are in the special Education process, and writes training materials to help parents navigate and understand the special Education processes.
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Her first published book, "How Big is the Fly" (ISBN 9781434305220, AuthorHouse), chronicles how developing practical and useful problem solving capabilities while working with families in crisis situations, will always yield positive results. Over the years, Ms. Smith has developed a wealth of extensive knowledge to realize methods and implement workable strategies that relate to empowering others to better advocate for themselves and their families.


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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.