BREEZY POINT — “Charting Your Path: Preparing for Transitions to Community & Employment at All Ages” is the theme of the annual state conference for The Arc Minnesota that will be at Breezy Point Resort and Conference Center on Nov. 4-5.
.The two-day event is designed to help people with disabilities, their family members and those who support them deal with the transitions they must make at all stages of life.
The workshops and presentations that weekend include:
• Housing Access Services: Imagine Life in the Community — Through Housing Access Services, The Arc Minnesota and its local affiliates have already helped 289 people with disabilities finds places of their own.
• What’s New in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? — Staff from the Autism Society of Minnesota will discuss new resources for persons with ASD and their families.
• “I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now” — Parents of children under age 16 get tips on how to prepare that child for the transition from school to community.
• Statewide Efforts at Service Innovations — Leaders in the state of Minnesota will talk about ways they are collaborating together to improve the transitions that students with disabilities make from school to life after school. Panelists will include Barbara Troolin and Jayne Spain from the Minnesota Department of Education Special Education Division, Alex Bartolic and Lori Lippert from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and Kimberley Peck and Alyssa Klein from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
• The Arc’s Master Trust Program — This program has already helped Minnesota families prepare for a more secure financial future for their son or daughter.
• A Path to Further Education — Students with disabilities can find out about innovative education options for them after high school.
• Getting and Keeping a Job in the Community — People with disabilities disability service providers will share tips and success stories about how to find a job and hold on to it.
• Giving Young Children with Disabilities the Tools for Building Friendships — A Minnesota mother of a daughter with Down syndrome will describe a program that she and two other mothers created to help develop friendships among children with and without disabilities.
The Arc Minnesota is a statewide, non-profit organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. It has 5,400 members and 12 affiliated chapters statewide.