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FFY 2009 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 2009. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Hennepin Technical College Customized Training
1820 Xenium Lane North
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441
Conference Title: “Honoring the Connection…
     between children and those who care”
Conference Date: March 28, 2009
Contact: Therese Salber
(612) 550-7160
therese.salber@hennepintech.edu

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: “Rallying for Respect!”
Conference Date: April 2, 2009
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550
arccentral15@aol.com

2009 Self Advocacy Planning Committee
C/O Advocating Change Together
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: 2009 Self Advocacy Conference,
     “Moving Self Advocacy Forward”
Conference Date: April 17-18, 2009
Contacts: Nathan Perry and Kathy Sanders
(651) 641-0297
act@selfadvocacy.org

Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: 2009 Self Advocacy Conference,
    “Moving Self Advocacy Forward”
Conference Date: April 17-18, 2009
Contacts: Nathan Perry and Rick Cardenas
(651) 641-0297
act@selfadvocacy.org

The Arc of Minnesota Southwest
709 South Front Street
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Conference Title: 2009 Self Advocacy Conference,
     “Moving Self Advocacy Forward”
Conference Date: April 17-18, 2009
Contact: Wilbur Neushwander-Frink
(507) 345-4223
wilbur@hickorytech,net

Dakota Communities, Inc.
680 O'Neill Drive
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: 2009 Self Advocacy Conference,
     “Moving Self Advocacy Forward”
Conference Date: April 17-18, 2009
Contact: Jessica Anderson
(651) 686-7872

Merrick, Inc.
3210 Labore Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55110
Conference Title: 2009 Self Advocacy Conference,
     “Moving Self Advocacy Forward”
Conference Date: April 17-18, 2009
Contact: Colleen Timbers
(651) 789-6230
colleent@merrickinc.org

Family Alternatives
1089 Southeast 10th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Conference Title “Exploring the Invisible Disability of FASD”
Conference Date: May 1-2, 2009
Contact: Carole Coffey Hannah
(612) 746-8174
ccoffey-hannah@familyalternatives.org

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Voices & Choices: 2009 Youth & Adult Conference”
Conference Date: May 30, 2009
Contact: Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720
catherine@dsamn.org

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title: “Advocating in the Community for People with Disabilities”
Conference Date: June 2, 2009
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: “2009 Annual MnDACA Conference”
Conference Date: June 10-12, 2009
Contact:  Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Arc Headwaters
1819 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Conference Title: Northwest MN Self Advocacy Development Conference
Conference Date: June 18, 2009
Contact:  Cass Robinson
(218) 759-0097
arcnw@paulbunyan.net

Partnership Resources
950 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Conference Title: “Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Future”
Conference Date: June 19, 2009
Contact: Terri Bauernfeind
terrib@partnershipresources.org

Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: “Inclusion Institute, Together We Can! The Circle of Inclusion”
Conference Date: June 20, 2009
Contact:  Cindy Croft
(651) 603-6265
croft@csp.edu

Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Avenue West, Suite 110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Where Will We Live – A Summit on
     Supportive Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities”
Conference Date: June 22, 2009
Contact:  Beth Fondell
(952) 920-0855
bethfondell@arcgreatertwincities.org

Arc Southeastern Minnesota and SAM
6301 Bandel Road Northwest, Suite 605
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Conference Title: “SAM SE Regional Conference”
Conference Date: June 26, 2009
Contact: Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032
melissa@arcse-mn.org

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 – 13th Avenue NE, Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title: “Consumer and Family Conference”
Conference Date: August 29, 2009
Contact: Beth Skwira
(612) 378-2742
beths@braininjurymn.org

Lifeworks Services, Inc.
2965 Lone Oak Drive, Suite 160
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: “Creative Options Annual Conference”
Conference Date: September 21, 2009
Contact: Vicki Gerrits
(651) 365-3734
vgerrits@lifeworks.org

The Arc of Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, Suite 7A
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: “Realizing Your Power for Inclusion for All”
Conference Dates: October 23-24, 2009
Contact: Mike Gude
(651) 523-0823
mikeg@arcmn.org

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