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Partners in Policymaking Class 34

September 9-10, 2016 was the first weekend session for Class 34 Partners in Policymaking®. Thirty-one individuals – nine self advocates 22 parents, and six individuals from racial/ethnic minority communities are participating in this year’s leadership training program.

The weekend of October 21-22, 2016 was devoted to Inclusive Education. Participants learned the history of education for students with disabilities, the meaning of "inclusion" and how it promotes quality of life possibilities, and the components of school inclusion.


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

The February 6, 2016 training session provided an overview of county services, services and supports based on individual and family needs, and an introduction to person centered planning.

On Eagle's Wings Activities

The February 28, 2016 training session focused on systems change, the state legislative process, and how to work effectively with state legislators to create or improve public policies that relate to service and support needs.

On Eagle's Wings Activities

The March 12, 2016 training session gave participants in an opportunity to meet with a state Senator, and learn about the legislative process and current legislative issues

On Eagle's Wings Activities

The final training session for On Eagles Wings, the Cultural Outreach and Leadership Training Program in the African American Community, was on March 26, 2016. A total of 19 participants celebrated the completion of a successful training program year with 60 family members and friends who recognized the accomplishments that graduates made.

On Eagle's Wings Activities

A one-half day emergency planning and preparedness training session was held on April 2, 2016 for graduates of On Eagle Wings.

On Eagle's Wings Activities
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Self Advocacy – Ambassadors for Respect Anti-Bullying Campaign

On March 1, 2016, the Anti-Bully Campaign began a new project year. The Ambassadors for Respect led three training sessions for 4th grade elementary school students and teachers at Cowern Elementary school about how to deal with and address bullying issues.

Seven schools are continuing their participation this year – Cowern Elementary (North St. Paul); Willow Lane, Otter Lake, Birch Lake, and Vadnais Heights Elementary (White Bear Lake); St. John the Baptist Elementary (New Brighton); Little Canada Elementary (Little Canada); and Matoska International Elementary (a charter school in White Bear Lake).

Five new schools will be receiving training this year so an even greater number of students will benefit – Lincoln and Lakeaire Elementary (White Bear Lake); and Castle, Richardson, and Webster Elementary (North St. Paul).

A pool of 12 self advocates will serve as teachers/trainers including four self advocates who will be first time Ambassadors for Respect. The 2016 project year got underway with three presentations for 4th grade students at Cowern Elementary School.

On March 4, 2016, three sessions were held at Vadnais Heights Elementary School with a total of 78 students and six teachers.

On March 29, 2016, two sessions were held at Birch Lake Elementary School for a total of 53 students and five teachers.

On April 1, 2016, three sessions were held at Willow Lane with 87 students and five teachers participating.

On April 13, 2016, two sessions were held at St. John the Baptist with 54 students and two teachers participating.

On April 14, 2016, three sessions were held at Matoska International (charter school) with 87 students and four teachers participating.

On May 5, 2016, three sessions were held at Little Canada Elementary School with 79 students and six teachers participating.

On May 19, 2016, four sessions were held at Otter Lake Elementary School with 110 students and six teachers participating.

On May 20, 2016, three sessions were held at Richardson Elementary School with 98 students and four teachers participating.

On May 24, 2016, three sessions were held at Parkview Center Elementary School with 86 students and four teachers participating.

On June 5, 2016, four sessions were held at Brimhall Elementary School with 118 students and four teachers participating; three guests also attended.

On June 27, 2016, four sessions were held at Harambee Cultural Communities and Environmental Science School with 107 students and six teachers participating.

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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
Katie
Katie, employed at Mainstreet Village
Jessica
Jessica, employed as a kennel attendant at Petland
Jim
Jim, employed at Cub Foods
Abby
Abby, employed at Fit Body Boot Camp
Richard
Richard, employed at Arepa Bite
Jane
Jane, employed at AMC Roseville
Michael
Michael, employed at Burnet Title

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