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Being Prepared MN Emergency Preparedness Center was a Grant of National Significance funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities 90DNO277. $150,000 per year. We trained over 140 people with DD and their families, 280 first responders how to work with people with autism,

  • Principal Investigator. IPSII Inc. 6611 Lynwood Blvd. Richfield, MN  55423

  • Supervisors Name. Katherine Cargill-Willis. Program Specialist U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. 202.690.5791

  • Job Specifics. Through the implementation of the Being Prepared Center I experienced the challenges of assisting state, and/or local officials on matters related to federal disability programs and policies. The best example was our presentation at the National Homeland Security Conference in Columbus, Ohio. First of all, the large dining room was inaccessible the first day, quickly by lunchtime the tables were arranged so I could use my scooter to access the room. During lunch, an Emergency Manager from the State of Iowa said to me, ‘how does it feel to be so unwelcomed, we don’t want you here.’ I said, ‘this happens often when real change is needed, all citizens have the right to be included.’ During our presentation, the room was filled with urban cities wanting our free thumb drives with all of our materials, laughing and talking about the real world. It seems that the urban centers understand that they have to plan for diversity.

  • However the major part of our grant was the intensive training of people with disabilities and their families developing their own emergency preparedness plans. In the two years of our grant we trained over 140 people with disabilities, including vision impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, people with autism and other disabilities. At graduation, each participant got their own Red Cross Go Kit and off they went to train their friends. In addition, Sgt. Beth Roberts our First Responder Liaison, trained over 280 first responders including the Minneapolis Swat Team.

  • Specific duties and lessons learned: Through our Being Prepared Center I had experience working at the local, county, state and federal level in implementing emergency management disability rights. I worked collaboratively through our Planning grant Implementation Plan with community relations including working with faith based organizations in the wake of the North Minneapolis Tornado in May 2011. And most importantly I worked with people with disabilities and their families teaching them how to develop their own emergency preparedness plan with the goal of keeping safe during an event.

 

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Pathways Alpha Testing

  • Principal Investigator. IPSII Inc. 6611 Lynwood Blvd. Richfield, MN  55423

  • Supervisors Name. Larissa R. Crossen, Program Specialist U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. (202) 690-5999.

  • October 1, 2009- September 30, 2010.

  • Job Specifics. With our Partners, we proposed multi agency  emergency preparedness center in North Minneapolis, providing to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, the information and in-depth training they need to develop their own emergency preparedness plan, for a variety of emergency events such as H1N1 Pandemic, tornadoes and winter storms.

  • Our major activity was our in-depth training with 40 individuals with developmental disabilities on ‘how to’ develop your own Emergency Preparedness Plan. Trainings included PowerPoint’s accessible to non-readers, supplemental materials, homework, role playing activities, how to make your own ‘Go Kit’ and culturally competent supports including transportation to and from trainings, stipends and homework assistance. We learned that everyone, including those with the most challenges in life, could develop their own emergency preparedness plans with supports.

  • The goal was to develop an implementation plan that outline the supports and training they need remain intact and self-sufficient during an emergency event. All of our goals and objective were met and our Implementation plan and grant application was accepted.  IPSII Inc. was one of five agencies awarded and implementation grant to develop our Emergency Preparedness Center. The other agencies were the University of Hawaii, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Delaware, New Jersey United Cerebral Palsy.

  • Specific duties: Through our planning grant I had the experience of utilizing existing resources within North Minneapolis to meet the access and functional needs of people with disabilities. And I worked with local and state officials with the goal of including the whole community including people with developmental disabilities, hearing impairment, and mobility challenges. As a person with mobility challenges and who is hard of hearing, I brought real life challenges to the table.

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Pathways Leadership Training

Pathway MN Youth Center was  a Grant of National Significance funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (2004-2007) #90DN0210 and (2007-2010) # 90DN023. $100,000 per year.

  • Principal Investigator. IPSII Inc. 6611 Lynwood Blvd  Richfield, MN  55423

  • Supervisor.  Larissa R. Crossen M.Ed. Program Specialist U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. 202.690.5999

  • Job Specifics. Working with the Pathways Advisory Committee which is comprised of youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities I developed a 30 hour leadership training program with some parts of the Partners program designed for non-readers. Materials develop include:  ‘How to Seek and Maintain Employment’ Workbook; ‘Futures Planning Workbook: Supportive Employment, ‘How to Access the General Education Curriculum and Graduate with a Standard Diploma”, “A House of Your Own”.  Community member and teachers learned how to work with youth and emerging leaders with challenging behavior. All of our goals and objective were exceeded.   And Pathways Center has been a model for Youth Center replication in New York. State. All goals and objectives were exceeded.

  • Specific duties. Through Pathways MN Youth Center I demonstrated that all citizens including non-readers can direct a national grant. The focus of Pathways Youth Center was to instill in youth the belief that they are the leaders in the disability movement. And that through learning about disability civil right, integration and full

STAR Assistive Technology Low Incidence Parent Training Grant       1998-2001 Funded by P.L. 108-364.

  • Project Principal.

  • Address. A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR Program) MN Department of Administration.

  • Job Specifics. I designed a statewide parent-to-parent training project on how to access medically necessary assistive technology Medicaid reimbursable special education services through the IEP process. Our partners were:  Pacer, Minnesota Disability Law Center, the STAR Program Staff, STAR’s Volunteer State-Wide Community Action Network, Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services . The end result was a state-wide dissemination of needed assistive technology devices for students with disabilities. And we met or exceeded all contractual goals and objectives.

   

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