The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Promoting Independence, Productivity, Self-Determination, Integration and Inclusion
FFY 2013 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Thirteen 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 2013. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

2400 West 64th Street
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Conference Titles:
1) "Transitioning to Adulthood…An Overview" and
2) "Transition Considerations for Individuals Interested in Post Secondary Training."
Conference Dates:
1) February 21 and May 6, 2013 and
2) March 14, 2013
Contact:  Chris Bentley
(612) 798-8331

Arc Kandiyohi County
200 Southwest 4th Street
Suite 25
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "Secrets to Our Success"
Conference Date: April 21, 2012
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: "You Have a Voice"
Conference Dates: April 24 – 27, 2013
Contact: Dawn Brasch
(651) 647-1083, Ext 15

Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Avenue,
Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: 2013 MN Self Advocacy Conference, "Together, Yes We CAN!"
Conference Dates: April 26-27, 2013
Contact:  Mary Kay Kennedy
(651) 641-0297

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Voices & Choices: 2013 Youth & Adult Conference" Conference
Date: April 27, 2013
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

West Central Industries
1300 22nd Street Southwest, PO Box 1711
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "U-Empowered Regional Conference"
Conference Date: April 27, 2013
Contact: Jamin Johnson
(320) 235-5310, Ext 216

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7,
Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title: "Empowering Yourself against a Disrespectful World"
Conference Date: May 14, 2013
Contact: Kate Wilson
(952) 988-4177

2577 Crestline Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55110
Conference Title: "2013 MnDACA Professional Development Conference"
Conference Date: June 19-21, 2013
Contact: Donnalee Hjelm and Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Arc Southeastern Minnesota
6301 Bandel Road NW,
Suite 605
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Conference Title: "SAM SE Regional Conference"
Conference Date: June 22, 2013
Contact:  Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032, Ext 3

Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: "Together We Can! Promote Health and Safety, Provide Quality, Inclusive Care"
Conference Date: June 22, 2012
Contact: Cindy Croft (651) 603-6265

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
1600 University Avenue West
Suite 300
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: "Midwest Seizure Smart Conference"
Conference Date: July 18, 2013
Contact: Amanda Pike
(651) 287-2313

Lifeworks Services, Inc.
2965 Lone Oak Drive, Ste 160
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Conference Title: "Self Advocacy Summit"
Conference Date: August 6, 2013
Contact: Vicki Gerrits
(651) 365-3734

Arc United Central
6112 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: "Music for Social Change"
Conference Date: August 17, 2013
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

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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.