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Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Dawn Bly
Name Dawn D. Bly
Preferred Mailing Address 704 3rd Street NE,
Fosston, MN 56542
Contact Phone Work: 218.435.6335
Home: 218.435.6060
Fax: 218.435.6060
Education Master of Science, Special Education, May 2006
Early Childhood Special Education Licensure, August 2005
Community Education Licensure, April 1999
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education,1991
Concentration: Early Childhood
Licensures: PreK-6, ECFE & Parent Education
Interest in developmental disabilities When I was deciding on a career I wanted to do something that helped young kids and families. I have loved teaching in the ECFE program. In 1995 my youngest child was born and later diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome. Because of my experiences and my career path I have had an interest in helping families understand the systems, and the systems understand what families are really going through and services they may be in need of.
Experience in developmental disabilities My experience comes mostly from having a son with developmental disabilities. Being a parent and an educator I find that for continued learning is an integral part to be involved I am constantly educating myself, and getting connected when and where I can. Some of the committees and trainings I have been involved with over they years are the Partners In Policy Making Class 24; Arc Headwaters Quality Assurance Team; Parent Leadership University of Vermont & PACER; National Parent Leardership Institute for State of Minnesota; PACER Parent Leadership Training; Minnesota System Interagency Committee; Governor's Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council-Chairperson; Arc of Minnesota State Board of Directors; Area Special Education Cooperative Parent Advisory Committee; ARC Minnesota, member; and the Polk County Early Childhood Interagency Committee.
Anything else about yourself I strive to be an advocate and mentor for children and families. When it comes to attaining services based on a person's needs I feel strongly about looking at the individuals strengths. Having a son with developmental disabilities has made me more aware of the importance of being a "voice" when and where I can be for people with disabilities and their families. Support is a key asset when dealing with the everyday details that go along with raising a loved one with disabilities.


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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.