MN LEND/UCEDD Team Heads to Zambia to Teach About Leadership, Autism
March 29, 2011
|Children from the team's 2008 trip to Zambia|
For 4 years the MN ICI has sponsored a leadership exchange with Zambian disability leaders. 3 Zambian teams have visited Minnesota in recent years, receiving leadership training. The MN team of Kelly Nye, Jean Ness, Matt Schulelka, and Amy Hewitt leaves the US on March 30 for their 4th trip, where they will build individual/family advocacy; train faculty, professionals, and families to identify autism; and teach strategies to support and teach children with autism.
Follow their journey through their blog at http://twincitieszambiadisabilityconnection.blogspot.com/.
About the Twin Cities Zambia Disability Connection
The Arc of the Greater Twin Cities, Opportunity Partners, Fraser, and the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota have joined with advocate Sandy Beddor to explore a possible development project with advocates, educators, missionaries, and government officials in Zambia, Africa, regarding children and adults with disabilities. This project builds on a leadership training program developed by Sandy Beddor to train non-governmental organization employees in Zambia. The specific focus and purpose of this project is the preferences and needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families.