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FFY 2014 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Eleven 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 2014. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Arc United
6112 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: "Opening Doors – Discovering Opportunities"
Conference Date: March 22 – 23, 2014
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550

Arc Kandiyohi County
200 Southwest 4th Street
Suite 25
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "Secrets to Our Success"
Conference Date: April 12, 2014
(320) 231-1777

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Autism in Focus"
Conference Dates: April 30 – May 3, 2014
Contact: Dawn Brasch
(651) 647-1083, Ext 15

Lutheran Home Association
337 South Meridian Street
Belle Plaine, MN 56011-1919
Conference Title: "National Summit on Senior and Disability Ministries"
Conference Date:  May 2 - 3, 2014, 2014
Contact:  Michael Klatt
(952) 873-4750

2400 West 64th Street
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Conference Titles:
1) "Transitioning to Adulthood…An Overview"
2) "Transition Considerations for Individuals Interested in Post Secondary Training."
3) "Safety in the Community"
4) "Disclosure and Self Advocacy"
Conference Dates:
1)  May 20, 2014
2)  May 6, 2014
3)  July 15, 22, 29; and August 5, 2014
4)  August 12 and 19, 2014
Contact:  Chris Bentley
(612) 798-8331

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7,
Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title:  "Leading Your Life with Confidence"
Conference Date:  May 13, 2014
Contact:  Brianna Samson
(952) 988-4177

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "2014 Youth & Adult Conference"
Date: May 31, 2014
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota/SAM SE Region
6301 Bandel Road NW, Suite 605
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Conference Title:  "SAM SE Regional Conference"
Conference Date:  June 7, 2014
Contact:  Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032, Ext 3

2577 Crestline Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55110
Conference Title: "MnDACA Professional Development Seminar"
Conference Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: Donnalee Hjelm and Jerry Mueller
(651) 647-9200

Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University
275 North Syndicate Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  "Institute on Behavior Guidance: Best Practices"
Conference Date:  June 14 or June 21, 2014
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 17, 2014
Contact: Amanda Pike
(651) 287-2313

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