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FFY 2010 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Twelve 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 2010. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Minnesota Habilitation Coalition
C/O Rise, Inc.
8406 Sunset Road
Spring Lake Park, Minnesota 55432
Conference Title: "Discovering Personal Genius"
Conference Date: April 27-28, 2010
Contact: Lynn Noren
(763) 783-2814

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Autism: 2010 Edition"
Conference Date: April 28 – May 1, 2010
Contact:  Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Voices & Choices: 2010 Youth & Adult Conference"
Conference Date: May 8, 2010
Contact: Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title:  "Communication Skills for Self Advocates"
Conference Date:  May 18, 2010
Contact:  Cynthia Bade
(952) 988-4177, Ext 9

Arc United
1819 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Conference Title: "Respect, Inclusion, Change"
Conference Date: May 22, 2010
Contact:  Cass Robinson
(218) 759-0097

Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Ave West, Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55114
Conference Title: "Thinking Like a Movement"
Conference Date: June 4 – 7, 2010
Contact:  Anne Roehl
(952) 915-3637

Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: "Inclusion Institute, Together We Can!"
Conference Date: June 19, 2010
Contact:  Cindy Croft
(651) 603-6265

Arc Southeastern Minnesota
6301 Bandel Road NW, Suite 605
Rochester, MN 55901
Conference Title: "SAM SE Regional Conference"
Conference Date: June 26, 2010
Contact:  Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032

2400 West 64th Street
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Conference Title: 
Conference Date: August 1, 2010
Contact: Josh Levy
(612) 253-1104

Partnership Resources
950 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Conference Title: "Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Future"
Conference Date: August 2, 2010
Contact: Terri Bauernfeind

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 – 13th Avenue NE, Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title: "Consumer and Family Conference"
Conference Date: August 28, 2010
Contact: Beth Skwira
(612) 378-2742

Creative Options Conference Committee
C/O Lifeworks Services, Inc
2965 Lone Oak Drive, Suite 160
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: "Creative Options"
Conference Date: September 20, 2010
Contact: Vicki Gerrits
(651) 365-3734

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