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FFY 2007 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Nineteen 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 2007. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Arc Midstate
110 Second Street South, #305
Waite Park, Minnesota 56387
Conference Title: "Health and Safety Day"
Conference Date: March 17, 2007
Contact: Cindy Owen
(320) 251-7272
cowen@arcmidstate.org

Arc Headwaters
1819 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Conference Title: “Northwest Minnesota Self Advocates Leadership Conference”
Conference Dates: March 28-29, 2007
Contact: Cass Robinson
(218) 759-0097
arcnw@paulbunyan.net

People First of Kandiyohi County
201 Southwest 4th Street, Suite 12
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "Secret to Our Success"
Conference Date: March 31, 2007
Contact: Amy Hennes
(320) 231-9711
arckandi@uslink.net

The Arc of Minnesota Southwest
1942 State Highway 19
Marshall, Minnesota 56258
Conference Title: "Strong Leadership Through Effective Advocacy"
Conference Date: April 12, 2007
Contact: Pat Mellenthin
(507) 532-2220
mellenjp@mvtvwireless.com

Dakota Communities, Inc.
680 O'Neill Drive
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: "Community Connections Workshop"
Conference Date: April 20, 2007
Contact: Toni Boelter
(651) 307-0660
tonib@dakcom.org

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2308 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Breaking the Code - 007"
Conference Dates: May 2 - 5, 2007
Contact: Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083
mpowell@ausm.org

2007 Self Advocacy Planning Committee
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Dates: May 18 - 19, 2007
Contact: Kathy Sanders or Kellie Lee
(651) 641-0297
act@selfadvocacy.org

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Date: May 18 - 19, 2007
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550
arccentral15@aol.com

Hammer Residences
1909 East Wayzata Boulevard
Wayzata, Minnesota 55391
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Date: May 18 - 19, 2007
Contact: Carrie Sporer
(952) 277-2470
carrie@hammer.org

Merrick, Inc.
3210 Labore Road
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota 55110
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Date: May 18 - 19, 2007
Contact: Colleen Timbers
(651) 789-6230
colleent@merrick.org

People First Minnesota
Institute on Community Integration
110 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive Southeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Date: May 18 -19, 2007
Contact: Carol Ely or Cliff Poetz
(612) 626-3346
elyxx021@umn.edu

MN APSE (Community Involvement Programs)
2905 Northwest Boulevard, Suite 200
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441
Conference Title: “Employment First"
Conference Date: June 20, 2007
Contact: Connie Moore
(612) 290-5678
cmoore@cipmn.org

Concordia Center for Inclusive Child Care
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: “Inclusion Institute, Together We Can!"
Conference Date: June 23, 2007
Contact: Cindy Croft
(651) 603-6265
croft@csp.edu

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota
1821 University Avenue
Suite 219-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Don't Be Surprised: Know Your Options About Housing"
Conference Dates: June 23, 2007
Contact: JoAnn Erbes
(651) 646-7588
ucpmn@cpinternet.com

Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue
Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: State Self Advocacy Conference - "Lead, Change, Empower"
Conference Date: May 18 -19, 2007
Contact:  Rick Cardenas or Kellie Lee
(651) 641-0297
cardenas@selfadvocacy.org

The Arc of West Central Minnesota
810Fourth Avenue South
Suite 134
Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Conference Title: “Common Vision Workshop"
Conference Date: July 14, 2007
Contact: Candace Richards
(218) 233-5949
arcwcm@702com.net

People First of New Ulm
1200 South Broadway
New Ulm, Minnesota 56073
Conference Title: “Building Leadership Skills and Self Esteem Through Theater Experience"
Conference Date: July 28, 2007
Contact:  Rita Werner
(507) 354-3808

Lifeworks Services, Inc.
1120 Centre Point Drive, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota 55120
Conference Title: “Creative Options"
Conference Date: September 17, 2007
Contact: Vicki Gerrits
(651) 365-3734
vgerrits@lifeworks.org

The Arc of Minnesota
770 Transfer Road, Suite 26
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  “We're All in the Same Boat”
Conference Dates: October 26-28, 2007
Contact: Mike Gude
(651) 523-0823
mikeg@arcmn.org

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