Council-Sponsored Grant Activities
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.
The third weekend session, November 18-19, 2016, focused on the role of the county, the local level of government that provides access to the many programs, services, and supports that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families may need.
The fourth weekend session, January 6-7, 2017, was devoted to supported living – having a home of your own, and employment – a job of your choice in a competitive inclusive work environment.
The fifth weekend session, February 17 – 18, 2017, focused on community organizing with an abundance of small group activities that led participants through a step-by-step approach to building support around an issue; and an introduction to parliamentary procedure.
On Eagle's Wings
Cultural Outreach Program in the African American Community
A cultural outreach and leadership training program has been offered in the African American Community since 1992. The original intent remains - providing outreach services to minority parents; personal support; and a training program that gives participants resource information about available programs and services, teaches beginning leadership and communication skills to work effectively with their elected public officials, and introduces the concepts of the Partners program.
Nineteen individuals attended the first session for the 2017 program year on January 27, 2017. The focus was on Disability History.
Inclusive Education was the focus of the second training session on February 11, 2017 where participants learned how to apply effective communication strategies to the IEP process and IEP team meetings.
The role of the county in providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and families was the focus of the February 25, 2017 training session.
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.
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.
FFY 2017 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded
Ten Minnesota organizations were recently awarded cosponsorship funds for training conferences. The conferences provide opportunities for participants to learn about best practices, and develop or strengthen their personal leadership skills. The expectation is that these training experiences will result in increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families. (3/17/17)