Amy Armstrong, M Ed

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
 
Phone: 701-858-3578
Email: amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu
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Last Updated: November 04, 2016

Amy Armstrong
 

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Adult Student Transition to Education (ASTEP) Program II;
ASPIRE (Promise Grant)
 
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Education: General
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: Direct Support Professionals/Qualified Services Providers, Home and Community Based Services, Services and Supports for People with Mental Illness, SSA Benefits Planning Program, Community Rehab Providers Services and Employment Supports and Outcomes, Aging and Disability Resource Center Development Planning
Education: Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Sutdents with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSIDs)
Service: Employment First, Supported Employment, Supported Self Employment, Peer Support, Mentorship

Vita/Bio

Education: Minot State University, Minot, ND Master of Education - Special Education ConcentrationMay 2012 Thesis: "Outcomes from the Survey of North Dakota Work Incentive Planning and Assistance(WIPA) Program Participants" Advisor: Dr. Lori Garnes Minnesota State University - Mankato, Mankato, MN Bachelor of Science in Education - Science and Music ConcentrationsMay 1997 Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN Bachelor of Science in Education - Science ConcentrationMay 1994 Employment History: North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University, Minot, ND (2001-present) North Dakota Adult Student Transition to Education Program (A-STEP), Project Director2012-present Oversight of staffing, budgeting, coordination, planning, and implementation of the Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) located on the campus of Minot State University. A-STEP is an inclusive postsecondary education program for students with ID focusing on career skills, social relationships, independent living skills, and academics. North Dakota Money Follows the Person Housing Program (MFP), Principle Investigator2011-2012 Program oversight of coordination and development of affordable and accessible housing options for elderly and people with disabilities wishing to transition back into the community after a nursing home stay. Oversight, regular review, and approval of budget, spending, and activities; and Oversight of MFP Housing Program staff and activities, assuring that all aspects of thecontract are completed and implemented at a high standard. Grant writing and development. North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (ND-MIG), Project Coordinator2003 - 2012 Coordinate federal grant activities with state agencies, disability advocacy groups, self- advocates, providers, and employers statewide to promote the employment of persons with disabilities; including systemic and legislative change to positively affect people with disabilities. Design, implement, collect, analyze and report research related to employment for people with disabilities and regarding various other disability issues; Provide technical assistance to various state agencies and providers of services to people with disabilities; Organize, facilitate, and chair various stakeholder and work group meetings; Develop and provide trainings and conference presentations; Develop and disseminate project related resources and information including: videos,commercials, presentations, resource manuals, reports, brochures, and posterpresentations; Involvement in ND Legislative sessions, providing information and education to legislators in areas such as employment, home and community based services and affordable housing as it relates to people with disabilities; and Grant writing and development. North Dakota Real Choice Systems Change Grant - Rebalancing Initiative, (RCR Grant), Project Director2005-2007 Implement federal grant awarded to the North Dakota Department of Human Services - Aging Services Division to examine North Dakota's long-term care service system for the elderly and adults with disabilities. This project specifically considered ways to improve access to home and community based services for North Dakota's seniors and adults with disabilities. Coordination and collaboration with ND-Department of Human Services - Aging Services Division and various stakeholders including: State agencies and state agency executive staff, Senior Service Providers, Home Care Providers, County Social Services, Long-Term Care Association, self-advocates, and advocates; Reporting to federal funding agency (Dept. of Health and Human Services - Center forMedicare & Medicaid Services) and the state Department of Human Services; Coordination and implementation of project goals and activities; Hire, train, and manage project staff; Oversight of project spending and maintain project budget; Plan and facilitate project stakeholder meetings; Provide information and education to legislators during legislative sessions and interimcommittees; Conduct trainings and conference presentations; Quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and reporting and dissemination of reports and briefs; Strategic planning development; and Grant development and writing. North Dakota Right Track, Ward County, Program Coordinator2001 - 2003 Developed, organized, and coordinated Right Track Program in Ward County to provide developmental screenings for early intervention and parent education. Home visitor for children birth to three years: Provided developmental screenings for early intervention, parent education and training; and Referrals to appropriate agencies and services as needed (i.e. Infant Development, Disabilities Clinic, Communication Disorders Clinic, and Early Head Start). Public relations and training of referral sources: Small and large group presentations; and Developed and facilitated use of promotional materials (i.e. television interviews,brochures, posters, referral source training packets). Maintained Right Track data base; and Region II Interagency Coordinating Council member. In-Home Childcare, Minot, ND2000 - 2001 Organized and managed in-home childcare business providing exceptional care for children ages 0-5; and implement developmentally appropriate activities. Martin Luther College (MLC) Early Childhood Learning Center, New Ulm, MN1998 - 2000 Lead teacher at pre-service teacher education preschool for children (ages 3-5, multi-age classroom) in a team teaching atmosphere; Assistant to the Director; Supervisor of pre-service early childhood student-teachers; and Parent educator including group presentations and parent consultations. Trinity Lutheran School, Nicollet, MN1997-1998 & 1995-1996 Half-time teacher grade one responsible for teaching religion, math, reading, and handwriting including experience teaching children with disabilities. Full-time classroom teacher grades one and three in self-contained classroom including experience teaching students with disabilities. St. Matthew's Lutheran School, Niles, IL1994-1995 Full-time classroom teacher grades K-2 self-contained classroom; school music director for kindergarten-grade eight; and multicultural teaching experience. Licenses: North Dakota State License in Elementary Education North Dakota Kindergarten Endorsement Publications: Outcomes from the Survey of North Dakota Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program Participants, Thesis, May 2012 ND Employment First Taskforce - North Dakota Employment First Summit Report, October2011 North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities - North Dakota Client Assistance Program Research Report, November 2010 ND Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - North Dakota Recovery Readiness Practices for Adults with Mental Illness Research Report, November 2010 ND Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - At a Crossroads, ND Home and Community Based Service: An Overview and Recommendations Report, May 2008 ND Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - A Report of Questionnaires Administered to ND Qualified Service Providers, 2008 ND Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - A Report of Questionnaires Administered to ND HospitalDischarge Planners, 2008 ND Real Choice Rebalancing Grant - Research Report One: A Report of Focus Groups andPersonal Interviews Conducted in North Dakota's Eight Human Service Regions, June 2006 ND Real Choice Rebalancing Grant - Research Report Two: A Report of QuestionnairesAdministered to North Dakota Hospital Discharge Planners, September 2006 ND Real Choice Rebalancing Grant - Research Report Three: A Survey of North DakotaConsumers of Continuum of Care Services, December 2006 Successful Grant Applications: North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG)Federal Funding Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; 2004, 2010, 2011 North Dakota Comprehensive Employment Systems Grant (CES)Federal Funding Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; 2005, 2009 North Dakota Disability Health ProjectFederal Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control, 2007 North Dakota Client Assistance Program Community Forums and Questionnaire ProposalState Funding Agency: North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 2010 North Dakota Money Follows the Person Housing InitiativeState Funding Agency: North Dakota Department of Human Services, 2010 North Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)Federal Funding: Administration on Aging, 2006 Professional & Community Leadership: Housing Alliance of North Dakota (HAND) - Board Member North Dakota APSE Chapter - The Network on Employment - Board Member/Past President North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium - Board Member North Dakota Employment First Taskforce - Member