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Recruitment continues for disability advocacy training

Faribault Daily News - 7/9/2018

Recruiting continues until July 17 for comprehensive disability advocacy training for Minnesotans with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Partners in Policymaking, a nationally recognized leadership training, is of no cost to participants. Eight sessions are held over nine months, starting in September 2018.

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities created the program to increase advocacy skill levels.

"Graduates report that they gained a greater understanding of disability law and policies and increased their self-confidence in advocating for their needs," said Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Governor's Council. "Many have become leaders in their own communities as they speak up for people with disabilities."

Described by many as life-changing, the highly acclaimed and finely-tuned training uses national experts and group participatory learning experiences. There is no cost for participants. In its 30-year history, it has helped over 1,000 Minnesotans become effective advocates for themselves, their children and others with disabilities.

The two-day sessions are held on Fridays and Saturdays, from September to May (with no session in December), except for a Sunday and Monday session in March when participants prepare and meet with legislators at the Capitol.

Costs are covered by a federal grant. Child care and respite allowances are given, and overnight accommodations are also provided for those who travel from outside the metro area to attend. Mileage is reimbursed, and meals are also provided. Sessions are held at the Crowne Plaza Aire, at 3 Appletree Square in Bloomington, near the Mall of America and the MSP International Airport.

The first session is September 21 to 22. The application deadline is July 17, 2018.

For further information or to get an application form, go to bit.ly/2EICOQ0 or contact Brenton Rice at brenton@togevents.com, or 651-242-6589.

The MinnesotaGovernor's Council on Developmental Disabilities introduced the Partners in Policymaking program in 1987, and, through expansion to other states and countries, has trained more than 27,000 people worldwide.


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