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Free Disability Training

March 15th and 16th 8a.m. to 5p.m. both days
Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk NE

A two day training seminar aimed at people with disabilities, family members and concerned citizens is set for March 15th and 16th. The Nebraska Statewide Disability Leadership Training Seminar Series will be held at the Norfolk Public Library. The training will be from 8a.m. to 5p.m. both days.

"In order to create successful opportunities for people with disabilities in our communities, we need informed stakeholders," said project director Mark Smith, assistant professor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "This seminar promotes constructive dialogue between policymakers, professionals and those who are impacted by disabilities. An informed constituency is a more effective and engaged constituency," Smith added.

The seminar will provide leadership and advocacy training regarding systems of services and supports to individuals with disabilities and their families, including philosophical tenets, current systems, opportunities for leadership, systems change strategies, and planning.

Participants will receive support at the seminar and beyond on developing advocacy plans, building and supporting state and local coalitions with the goal of improving services and systems for individuals with disabilities.

Speakers include Mark Smith, Eric Evans, Brad Meurrens, Edison McDonald, Janet Miller, Jenn Miller, Jennifer Hansen and Kathy Hoell.