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FFY 2006 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Fifteen 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.

The organizations listed below are recipients of cosponsorship funds for FFY 2006. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details and registration information:

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
668 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Voices & Choices”
Conference Date: April 29, 2006
Contact: Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2308 Wycliff Street
Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Seeds for Success”
Conference Dates: May 3-6, 2006
Contact: Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083

Arc Headwaters
1819 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Conference Title: “Northwest Minnesota Self Advocates Leadership Conference”
Conference Date: May 12-13, 2006
Contact: Cass Robinson
(218) 759-0097
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 – 13th Avenue Northeast
Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title: “Reaching Out, Growing Together”
Conference Dates: May 19-20, 2006
Contact: Melissa Albert
(612) 378-2742

Reach for Resources
1001 Highway 7
Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title: “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Civic Engagement for All”
Conference Date: May 25, 2006
Contact: Cynthia Bade
(952)988-4177

Minnesota Developmental Achievement Center Association (MnDACA)
1821 University Avenue
Suite 292-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: “Minnesota DT&H Programs: Common Sense Solutions for Uncommon Challenges”
Conference Dates: June 14-17, 2006
Contact: Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

The Arc of Minnesota
770 Transfer Road
Suite 26
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Civic Leadership Training for Self Advocates”
Conference Date: June 17, 2006
Contact: Pat Mellenthin
(507) 532-2220

Minnesota Region 10 Quality Assurance and Arc Southeast Minnesota
2200 Second Street Southwest
Rochester, Minnesota 55903
Conference Title: “Self Advocacy Conference”
Conference Date: July 1, 2006
Contact: Karen Larson
(507) 330-0179

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota
1821 University Avenue
Suite 219-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Don't Be Surprised: Know Your Options”
Conference Dates: July 11, August 5, September 9, 2006
Contact: JoAnn Erbes
(651) 646-7588

The Arc of West Central Minnesota
810Fourth Avenue South
Suite 134
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Conference Title: “Common Vision”
Conference Date: July 14, 2006
Contact: Candace Richards
(218) 233-5949

Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue
Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: “Music for Social Change”
Conference Date: July 15, 2006 (anticipated)
Contact: Mary Kay Kennedy
(651) 641-0297

The Arc of Minnesota Southwest
PO Box 674
Fairmont, Minnesota 56301
Conference Title:
Conference Dates: August 11 and September 1, 2006
Contact: Lee Ann Erickson
(507) 235-8580

Arc Greater Twin Cities
4301 Highway 7
Suite 140
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
Conference Title: “Inclusive Community Living”
Conference Date: August 19, 2006
Contact: Celeste denDaas
(952) 915-3672

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: “Common Vision”
Conference Date: September 9, 2006
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

The Arc of Minnesota
770 Transfer Road
Suite 26
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Taking Charge of Your Destiny”
Conference Dates: October 27-28, 2006
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.