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FFY 2018 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded

Nine 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 2018.  Please contact them directly for conference/training session details and registration; or, for conferences that have already been held, feel free to request information about their services or resources that may be of interest to you.

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
Conference Title: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference"
Conference Date: April 15 – 17, 2018
Contact:  Rachael Jacques
(651) 644-7333

Advocating Change Together
1821 University Ave West, Ste 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
Conference Title: "Olmstead Academy"
Conference Dates: April 18-20, 2018 (three-day training and series of workshops)
Contact: Patrick Mitchell
(651) 641-0297

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "23nd Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference"
Conference Date: April 25 - 28, 2018
Contact: Kelly Ulrick
(651) 647-1083, Ext 28

Family Voices of Minnesota
10460 Arcola Trail North, PO Box 22234
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
Conference Title: "Connecting Heart, Raising Voices: A Statewide Family Conference"
Conference Date: May 19, 2018
Contact: Carolyn Allshouse
(612) 210-5547

The Arc Minnesota Southeastern Region
6301 Bandel Road Northwest, Suite 605
Rochester, Minnesota 56901
Conference Title: "SAM Gathering"
Conference Date: June 2, 2018
Contact:  Tiana Bingold
(507) 287-2032

Community Involvement Programs
1600 Broadway Street NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Conference Title: "Creative Writing to Build Self Advocacy"
Conference Dates: June 7, 14, 21, and 28; and July 5 and 18, 2018
Contact:  Betty DeWitt
(612) 362-4421

Highland Friendship Club
161 St. Anthony Avenue, Suite 944
St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
Conference Title: "Living safely and independently in 2018: Assistive technology solutions to promote independence and community inclusion"
Conference Date: June 11 and June 18, 2018
Contact:  Ashley Skelly
(651) 608-4096

All Star Academy
900 West 128th Street, Ste 104
Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
Conference Title: "The Human Opportunities through Power of Employment (HOPE)"
Conference Date: August 25, 2018
Contact: Kate Onyeneho
(952) 356-2953

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Voices & Choices: 2018 Youth & Adult Conference"
Conference Date: September 8, 2018
Contact: Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720

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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.