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FFY 2016 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 2016. Please contact them directly for conference/training session details, registration, or information about their services.

Advocating Change Together
1821 University Ave West, Ste 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
Conference Title:  "Olmstead Academy"
Conference Dates: February 18 – June 17, 2016 (eight training sessions)
Contact: Patrick Mitchell
(651) 641-0297
pmitchell@selfadvocacy.org

The Arc Greater Twin Cities
2446 University Ave West, Ste 110
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Train the Trainers Conference
on Sexual Health and Abuse Prevention"
Conference Date:  March 3 – 4, 2016
Contact: Emily Essert
(952) 915-3673
emilyessert@arcgreatertwincities.org

Advocacy and Inclusion Matter (AIM) of West Central Minnesota
200 – 4th Street Southwest, Suite 25
Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Conference Title: "AIM Consumer Conference"
Conference Date:  April 9, 2016
Contact:  Kelly Doss
(320) 231-1777
kelly@arckandi.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
1600 University Avenue West, Ste 300
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
Conference Title:  "Epilepsy and Seizures Wellness Expo"
Conference Date:  April 16, 2016
Contact:  Amanda Pike
(651) 287-2313
apike@efmn.org

The Arc of Freeborn County
407 East William Street
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007
Conference Title: "I have a dream…It's a possibility"
Conference Date:  April 27, 2016
Contact:  Mary Goetz
(507) 377-3469
mgoetz@arcfreeborncounty.org

The Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:"2016 Minnesota Autism Conference"
Conference Date:  April 27 – 30, 2016
Contact: Janette Johnson
(952) 201-4997
jjohnsn@gmail.com

Reach for Resources, Inc.
5900 Green Oak Drive, Suite 204
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343
Conference Title:  "Success with Supported Employment"
Conference Date:  May 10, 2016
Contact:  Kate Bottiger
(952) 200-5746
kbottiger@reachforresources.org

The Arc Southeastern Minnesota/SAM SE Region
6301 Bandel Road NW, Ste 605
Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Conference Title:  "SAM SE Regional Conference"
Conference Date:  June 25, 2016
Contact:  Melissa Evans
(507) 287-2032
melissa@arcse-mn.org

The Arc Minnesota
800 Transfer Road, Suite 7A
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "The Power of Relationships"
Conference Date: September 24, 2016
Contact:  Steve Larson
(651) 604-8077
stevel@arcmn.org

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Conference Title:  "Voices & Choices: 2016 Youth & Adult Conference"
Conference Date:  September 10, 2016
Contact:  Kathleen Forney
(651) 603-0720
kathleen@dsamn.org

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