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FFY 2008 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 2008. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Dakota Communities, Inc.
680 O'Neill Drive Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: "Community Connections Workshop"
Conference Date: April 18, 2008
Contact: Toni Boelter (651) 307-0660
tonib@dakcom.org

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
1600 University Avenue, Suite 300
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: "Overcoming Fear"
Conference Date: April 19, 2008
Contact: Angie Mortenson (651) 287-2313
amortenson@efmn.org

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Voices & Choices"
Conference Date:  April 26, 2008
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(603) 0720
catherine@dsamn.org

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2308 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Building on Strengths"
Conference Dates: April 30 - May 3, 2008
Contact: Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083
mpowell@ausm.org

The Center for Self Determination
35425 Michigan Avenue West
Wayne, Michigan 48184
Conference Title:  "International Conference on Self Determination"
Conference Date: May 27-29, 2008
Contact:  Pat Carver
(810) 231-6364
pcarver@chartermi.net
NOTE:  Funds awarded will cover two scholarships for Minnesotans through an application process

Opportunity Partners
5500 Opportunity Court
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343
Conference Title:  "Imagine the Possibilities"
Conference Date: May 14, 2008
Contact:  Erika Koffel
(952) 912-2494
ekoffel@opportunities.org

MN APSE (Community Involvement Programs)
2905 Northwest Boulevard, Suite 200
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441
Conference Title:  "Join the Revolution: Employment First! Employment Now!"
Conference Date:  May 19, 2008
Contact:  Connie Moore
(612) 290-5678
cmoore@cipmn.org

Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Avenue West, Suite 110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Generating Income"
Conference Date:  May 22-23, 2008
Contact:  Barb Kleist
(952) 915-3624
barbkleist@arcgreatertwincities.org

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title:  "Political Self Advocacy: How You Can Make a Difference"
Conference Date:  June 3, 2008
Contact:  Cynthia Bade
(952) 988-4177
cbade@reachforresources.org

MnDACA (Minnesota Developmental Achievement Center Association
1821 University Avenue, Suite 292-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  "DT&H Programs – A Minnesota Masterpiece"
Conference Date:  June 4-6, 2008
Contact:  Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 Seventh avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota 56563
Conference Title:  "ASD: Best Practices Across Environments"
Conference Date:  June 17-18, 2008
Contact: Camille Brandt
(701)232-1133
amilllebrandt@msn.com

Concordia Center for Inclusive Child Care
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  "Inclusion Institute, Together We Can! Learning to Play"
Conference Date:  June 28, 2008
Contact:  Cindy Croft
(651) 603-6265
croft@csp.edu

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 – 13th Avenue NE, Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title:  "Consumer and Family Conference"
Conference Date:  August 9, 2008
Contact:  Beth Skwira
(612) 378-2742
beths@braininjurymn.org

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title:  "Secrets to Our Success"
Conference Date:  August 23, 2008
Contact:  Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550
arccentral15@aol.com

The Arc of Minnesota
770 Transfer Road, Suite 26
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Champions of Innovation"
Conference Dates:  October 10-11, 2008
Contact:  Mike Gude
(651) 523-0823
mikeg@arcmn.org

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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.