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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.

Council-Sponsored Grant Activities

Partners in Policymaking Class 33

September 25-26, 2015 was the first weekend session for Class 33 Partners in Policymaking. Thirty-one individuals – eight self advocates, 20 parents, and three self advocate parents were selected for this year's class, including six individuals from racial/ethnic minority communities.

October 16 – 17, 2015 was the Inclusive Education weekend session for Partners Class 33. A highly participatory weekend featured a comprehensive review of the components of school inclusion and universal design, round table discussions about special education and post secondary education topics, and the concepts of civil discourse.

November 20 – 21, 2015 was the third weekend session for Partners Class 33. The role and responsibilities that counties have in delivering services to individuals with developmental disabilities and families, and meetings with county commissioners were highlights


On Eagle's Wings

Cultural Outreach Program in the African American Community

The cultural outreach program prepares parents with children with developmental disabilities from a minority community for the Partners in Policymaking® program. Outreach services and personal support are incorporated into a training program that provides resource information about programs and services, and introduces the concepts of the Partners program.

Twenty individuals attended the first session for the 2016 training program year on January 19, 2016. This session focused on the History of Disabilities and included a brief introduction to the Partners in Policymaking® program.

On Eagle's Wings Activities

The January 30, 2016 training session focused on Inclusive Education. Participants assumed the roles of the parent advocate, school administrator, inclusion aide, and special education teacher to practice communication skills.

On Eagle's Wings Activities

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Self Advocacy – Ambassadors for Respect Anti-Bullying Campaign

On March 5, 2015, the Ambassadors for Respect started a new project year leading training sessions for 4th grade elementary school students about how to deal with and address bullying issues. Five schools are continuing their participation this year – Cowern Elementary, Willow Lake, Otter Lake, Vadnais Heights Elementary, and St. John the Baptist Elementary. Students at three new schools will reap the benefits of this successful program – O.H. Anderson Elementary, Little Canada Elementary, and Matoska International Elementary charter school. To accommodate the greater number of schools and training sessions, a pool of nine self advocates will serve as teachers/trainers this year. The 2015 project year got underway with two presentations for 4th grade students at Little Canada Elementary School.

Ambassadors for Respect

On March 31, 2015, six Ambassadors for Respect, three of whom are new to the teacher/trainer pool this year, led four training sessions at Matoska International Elementary School.

On April 9, 2015, three training sessions were presented to 4th grade students at Vadnais Heights Elementary School.

On April 29, 2015, the Ambassadors for Respect led three training sessions for 4th grade students at Willow Lane Elementary School.

Ambassadors for Respect

On May 5, 2015, two training sessions were presented to 5th grade students at Vadnais Heights Elementary School.

On May 9, 2015, two training sessions were presented to 4th grade students at St. John the Baptist Elementary School.

On May 14, 2015, two training sessions were presented to 4th grade students at Birch Lake Elementary School.

On May 14, 2015, four training sessions were presented to 4th grade students at Otter Lake Elementary School.

On June 3, 2015, three training sessions were presented to 4th grade students at Cowern Elementary School.

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Ambassadors for Respect

Employment

The Discovery Process is a tool, an information gathering strategy, that involves seven stages of learning about an individual's interest and skills to better match with employment opportunities, or shape job possibilities that will be successful and productive for the individual.

The Employment Project is now beginning its fourth year with two employment success stories.

Josh
Josh, employed at
Room and Board
Desiree
Desiree, employed at Lighthouse Explorers Christian Child Center
Victoria
Victoria, employed at a home day care setting

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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.