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2002 Training Conferences


Ten Minnesota organizations were recently awarded cosponsorship funds for training conferences. These conferences emphasize leadership development, and will build and strengthen the personal leadership skills of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The expectation is that these learning experiences will result in their greater independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion in the community.

The organizations listed below are recipients of these cosponsorship funds. Please contact them directly for registration information and other conference details:

Arc Southwest Minnesota
PO Box 674
1254 Lake Avenue
Fairmont, MN 56031
Conference Title: "Self Advocates Speaking Out in 2002"
Conference Date: April 12-13, 2002
Contact: Lee Ann Erickson
(507) 235-8580

Autism Society of Minnesota
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 101
St. Paul, MN 55114
Conference Title: "The 2002 AuSM Event!"
Conference Date: May 2-4, 2002
Contact: Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
43 Main Street, Suite 135
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Conference Title: "Changing Perspective: Embracing Life"
Conference Date: May 3-4, 2002
Contact: Tom Gode
(612) 378-2742

West Hennepin Community Services
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, MN 55305
Conference Title: "Take a Stand, Lead Your Life!
Conference Date: May 30, 2002
Contact: Sheri Petersen
(952) 988-4177

The Lutheran Home Association
337 South Meridian Street
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Conference Title: "Special Ministries in Lutheran Education (SMILE 02)"
Conference Date: June 28-30, 2002
Contact: Michael Klatt
(952) 873-6000

Remembering with Dignity Coalition
C/O Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, MN 55104
Conference Title: "Music for Social Change"
Conference Date: August 10, 2002
Contact: Rick Cardenas
(651) 641-0297

1185 Concord Street, Suite 424
St. Paul, MN 55075
Conference Title: "Common Vision"
Conference Date: August 8-9, 2002
Contact: Nancy Peterson or Howard Miller
(651) 291-1086

Arc Hennepin-Carver
4301 Highway 7, Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Conference Title: "Leading Social Change"
Conference Date: August 17, 2002
Contact: Lori Sedlezky or Mark Olson
(952) 920-0855

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 - 322nd Street
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Conference Title: Values, Visions, Victories!"
Conference Date: September 14, 2002
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

Arc Minnesota
770 Transfer Road, Suite 26
St. Paul, MN 55114
Conference Title: "Arc Minnesota Leadership for Change for 50 Years and Beyond
Conference Date: September 20-21, 2002
Contact: Mike Gude
(651) 523-0823

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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.