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FFY 2011 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 2011. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

2400 West 64th Street
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Conference Title:  “Using Visual Strategies”
Conference Dates:  March 21, 2011 (Minneapolis) and May 2, 2011 (Rochester)
Contact:  Chris Bentley
(612) 798-8331

Arc Kandiyohi County
200 Southwest 4th Street
Suite 25
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title:  “Consumer Conference”
Conference Date:  April 16, 2011
Contacts:  Mary Rhude or Kari Goldschmidt
(320) 231-1777

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  “Autism: 2010 Edition”
Conference Date:  May 4–7, 2011
Contact:  Dawn Brasch
(651) 647-1083, Ext 15

Arc Midstate
110 Second Street South, Suite 305
Waite Park, Minnesota 56387
Conference Title:  “Health & Safety Day for Adults with Developmental Disabilities”
Conference Date: May 7, 2011
Contact: Cindy Owen
(320) 251-7272

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title:  “Conquering Barriers to Community Leadership”
Conference Date:  May 10, 2011
Contact:  Cynthia Bade
(952) 988-4177, Ext 9

c/o Kaposia, Inc.
380 East Lafayette Freeway South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55107
Conference Title: “Challenging the Status Quo of Employment”
Conference Date:  May 16, 2011
Contact:  Heidi Maghan
(763) 231-3570

Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  Learning As We Go-Go-Go”
Conference Date:  May 20–21, 2011
Contact:  Mary Kay Kennedy
(651) 641-0297

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  “Voices & Choices: 2011 Youth & Adult Conference”
Conference Date:  May 21, 2011
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

Partnership Resources
950 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Conference Title:  “Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Future”
Conference Date:  May 24, 2011
Contact: Terri Bauernfeind
(612) 331-2075

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
501 Third Street Northwest
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Conference Title:  “Inclusive Communities”
Conference Date:  June 7–8, 2011 (St. Paul)
Contact:  Margaret Nygren
(202) 387-1968, Ext 204

1821 University Avenue, Suite 292-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  “2011 MnDACA Annual Conference”
Conference Date:  June 16 - 17, 2011
Contact:  Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  “Inclusion Institute: Together We Build Effective Partnerships"
Conference Date:  June 25, 2011
Contact:  Cindy Croft
(651) 603-6265

Arc Southeastern Minnesota
6301 Bandel Road NW, Suite 605
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Conference Title:  “2011 SAM SE Regional Conference”
Conference Date:  June 25, 2011
Contact:  Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032, Ext 3

The Arc United
6112 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title:  “Becoming a Human Rights Worker”
Conference Date:  August 12, 2011
Contact:  Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 13th Avenue NE, Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title:  “Consumer and Family Conference”
Conference Date:  August 27, 2011
Contact:  Lori Peterson
(612) 378-2742

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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.