Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
2005 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities has again awarded cosponsorship funds for training conferences. These conferences focus on leadership training, and provide participants with best practices information to learn and strengthen their personal leadership skills.

Recipients of 2005 cosponsorship funds are listed below. Please note that some conference/workshop dates have not yet been finalized; information will be updated as it is made available to us:

Advocating Change Together,Inc.
1821 University Ave, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Conference Title: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Conference Date: January 21-22, 2005
Contact: Mary Kay Kennedy
(651) 641-0297

The Arc Southwest
1942 State Highway 19
Marshall, Minnesota 56258

Workshop Title: Strong Leadership through Effective Advocacy
Workshop Date: January 27, 2005
Contact: Pat Mellenthin
(507) 532-2220

Minnesota Association for Persons in Supported Employment
PO Box 7898
St. Paul, Minnesota

Conference Title:
Conference Dates: April 11-12, 2005
Contact: Bob Niemiec

Self Advocacy Planning Committee
C/O Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Ave, Suite 306-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Conference Title: Deciding Our Future
Conference Date: April 15-16, 2005
Contact: Gloria Steinbring or Kathy Sanders
(651) 641-0297

Arc Midstate
3400 First Street North
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56302

Conference Title: Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships
Conference Date: April 16, 2005
Contact: Cindy Owen
(320) 251-7272

Interfaith Inclusion Consortium
C/O Jewish Family and Children's Service
13100 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 400
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305

Conference Title: Faces of Inclusion: That All May Worship
Conference Date: May 5, 2005
Contact: Shelly Christiansen
(952) 542-4838

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 2
St. Paul, Minnesota 55115

Conference Title: Shaping Our Future
Conference Dates: May 5-7, 2005
Contact: Mary Powell
(651) 647-1083, Ext 14

Arc Headwaters
1819 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

Conference Title: Northwest Minnesota Self Advocates Conference
Conference Dates: May 20-21, 2005
Contact: Cassandra Robinson
(218) 759-0097

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 – 13th Avenue NE, Suite B001
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Conference Title: Bridging Islands
Conference Dates: May 20-21, 2005
Contact: Tom Gode
(612) 378-2742

Minnesota Developmental Achievement Center Association (MnDACA)
1821 University Avenue, Suite 292-South
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Conference Title:
Conference Dates: June 22-24, 2005
Contact: Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Arc Great Rivers
1201 – 89th Avenue NE, Suite 305
Blaine, Minnesota 55434

Conference Title: Making Inclusion Work
Conference Date: August 2005
Contact: Celeste denDaas
(763) 783-4767

Arc Central Minnesota
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

Conference Title: Nothing About You without You!
Conference Date: September 10, 2005
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

The Arc of Minnesota
770 Transfer Road, #26
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114

Conference Title:
Conference Dates: November 11-12, 2005
Contact: Mike Gude
(651) 523-0823, Ext 113

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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.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2301MNSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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