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FFY 2017 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Ten 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 2017.  Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Advocacy and Inclusion Matter (AIM) of West Central Minnesota
311 – 4th Street Southwest, Suite 223, PO Box 214
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: ”AIM Annual Consumer Conference”
Conference Date:  April 1, 2017
Contact:  Kelly Doss
(320) 231-1777

The Resource Center Program of West Central Industries
1300 – 22nd Street Southwest, PO Box 813
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title:  “Hidden Disabilities…Know Yourself, Love Yourself, Be Yourself”
Conference Date:  April 8, 2017
Contact:  Linda Mathiasen
(320) 235-5310, Ext 206

Advocating Change Together
1821 University Ave West, Ste 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
Conference Title:  “Olmstead Academy”
Conference Dates: April 19-21, 2017 (three themes covered over the three days)
Contact: Patrick Mitchell
(651) 641-0297

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: ”22nd Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference”
Conference Date:  April 26 - 29, 2017
Contact: Kelly Ulrick
(651) 647-1083, Ext 28

The Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Ave West, Ste 110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  “Self Advocates as People Planning Together”
Conference Date:  May 19 – 20, 2017
(952) 915-3673

Minnesota Organization of Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR)
515 – 5th Ave South
Crookston, Minnesota 56716
Conference Title: “Surviving through Change”
Conference Dates:  June 6-7, 2017
Contact: Jo Bittner
(218) 281-4181

Cow Tipping Press
509 Broadway Street NE, #2
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title:  “Creative Writing as Self Advocacy”
Conference Dates: June 13, 20, and 27; July 11 and 16; and August 1, 2017
Contact:  Bryon Boyce
(507) 521-2278

All Star Academy
900 West 128th Street, Ste 101
Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
Conference Title:  “The Human Opportunities through Power of Employment (HOPE)”
Conference Date:  August 26, 2017
Contact:  Kate Onyeneho
(952) 356-2953

Community Involvement Programs
1600 Broadway Street NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title:  “Supporting My Own Sexual Health: How to be Safe, Healthy, and Happy in My Relationships”
Conference Dates:  August 28 and September 12, 2017
Contact:  Betty Dewitt
(612) 362-4421

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  “Voices & Choices: 2017 Youth & Adult Conference”
Conference Date:  September 9, 2017
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

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