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FFY 2015 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 2015. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Advocating Change Together
1821 University Ave West, Suite 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
Conference Title: "2015 Minnesota Self Advocacy Conference"
Conference Dates: March 27- 28, 2015
Contact: Patrick Mitchell
(651) 641-0297
pmitchell@selfadvocacy.org

Arc United
6112 – 322nd Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303
Conference Title: "Opening Doors – Discovering Opportunities"
Conference Date: April 24-25, 2015
Contact: Bev Kaler
(320) 240-9550
bev.kaler@thearcunited.org

Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Ave West, Suite 110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "Creative Housing: Bringing the Pieces Together"
Conference Date: April 25, 2015
Contact: Deb Reisner
(952) 920-0855
debreisner@thearcgtc.org

West Central Industries
1300 – 22nd Street SW
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "U-Empowered: Family Resiliency"
Conference Date: April 18, 2015
Contact: Linda Mathiasen
(320) 235-5310, Ext 206
trcp@wciservices.org

Arc Northland
424 West Superior Street, Suite 201
Duluth, Minnesota
Conference Title: "Self Advocacy Leadership Conference"
Conference Date: April 18, 2015
Contact: Roberta Cich
(218) 726-4860
rcich@arcnorthland.org

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title: "20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference"
Conference Date: April 29 – May 2, 2015
Contact: Dawn Brasch
(651) 647-1083, Ext 15
dbrasch@ausm.org

Reach for Resources, Inc.
1001 Highway 7, Suite 217
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305
Conference Title: "Finding Your Purpose – Using Your Challenges to Build Opportunity"
Conference Date: May 12, 2015
Contact: Kate Bottiger
(952) 224-7232
kbottiger@reachforresources.org

Minnesota Organization of Habilitation and Rehabilitation (Polk County DAC)
515 – 5th Ave South
Crookston, Minnesota 56716
Conference Title: "Leadership and Direct Care"
Conference Dates: June 4 – 5, 2015
Contact: Jo Bittner
(218) 281-4181, Ext 2
jbittner.dac@midconetwork.com

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 13, 2015
Contact: Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032
melissa@arcse-mn.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
1600 University Avenue West, Suite 300
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title: "Midwest Seizure Smart Conference"
Conference Date: July 16, 2015
Contact: Amanda Pike
(651) 287-2313
apike@efmn.org

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