Projects

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Diversity

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University conducts a wide range of projects serving the disability community. Many of these projects are funded through grants and contracts with outside agencies. NDCPD's active projects are listed below alphabetical order. In addition, the projects have been categorized by categorical icons.

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Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE)

The ASPIRE project is a collaboration among multiple agencies in six states, North Dakota included, to combine expertise and share resources to improve the quality of life of many of our most vulnerable families. The collaboration will coordinate activities for the PROMISE national initiative. Specifically, the ASPIRE project will be invested in the participants to enable them to move beyond a life of poverty and unemployment, disadvantage and devalued lives to increased self-determination, independence and financial self-sufficiency.

CONTACT: Amy Armstrong, amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Act Early Ambassador

"Learn the Signs Act Early" supports improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities including Autism. The program aims to serve North Dakota in supporting parents in the monitoring of development and access to services for their children.

CONTACT: Hilory Liccini, Hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Advancing Student Transition into Educational Programs (ASTEP III)

In conjunction with NDCPD’s already ASTEP funded project, ASTEP III will continue the work of creating a comprehensive transition and postsecondary education program that includes inclusive course work, career development, self-determination and independent living skills training and campus membership. ASTEP III, in collaboration with MSU and Dakota College Bottineau, build a sustainable and replicable model founded on best practice and the needs of ND stakeholders. Twenty students from ND’s rural and tribal LEA’s as well as rural communities in neighboring states will be recruited for the program.

CONTACT: Amy Armstrong, amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Advocates Leading Their Lives (ALL) Network Leadership 
This project trains executive board members on implementing the foundations of self-advocacy including problem solving, speaking up, and enhancing empowerment skills through leadership roles as a self-advocate.

CONTACT: Rhonda Weathers, rhonda.l.weathers@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Alaska Customized Employment Training
In an effort to assess the outcomes of customized employment for job seekers with psychiatric disabilities, NDCPD is collaborating with the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development. In addition to gathering data, this project offers job coaches or employment specialists who work with job seekers with psychiatric disabilities customized employment and discovery training.

CONTACT: Michele Burney, michele.burney@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Benefits Enrollment Center

The North Dakota Benefits Enrollment Center (ND BEC) uses a person-center approach to guide consumers through a benefits assessment. Staff focus on those receiving Medicare, specifically those with a limited income who would qualify for other benefits like heating assistance, food stamps (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program, and/or, Medicare Part D Extra Help (for low-income subsidy). Our target population is any ND citizen who is 60 and over. The project will begin its focus in the NW area of the state and expand to the entire state over the 18 months of funding. This will be done using partnership agencies and organizations making referrals to the center.

CONTACT: Linda Madsen, linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Community Connection Cafe (CCC)

This program provides an avenue through which citizens with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and community members wanting to integrate them into the community, can do so by exploring common interest activities and volunteer opportunities to engage in within their communities. The goal of the program is to address isolation and marginalization of people with IDD who live and work in integrated community settings but who are still separated socially from their community. The program will address this goal by teaching communities how to include and support people with IDD in meaningful community events.

CONTACT: Chi Ugwu, chi.ugwu@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Community Staff Training Program (CSTP)

For over 30 years, North Dakota has provided staff training through a cooperative effort of the ND Department of Human Services , NDCPD, and community agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities (DD). Service providers employ state-certified regional trainers to deliver training through modules and a series of field-based practica. MSU offers regional workshops, webinars, and conferences specific to interests of community-based staff. Faculty meet quarterly with the agency trainers for training and curriculum development.

CONTACT: Kari Schmidt, kari.schmidt@minotstateu.edu

 

 

First Responder

This project will implement a community-based education program to increase disability awareness within North Dakota first responders.  The project will develop and deliver free online training materials to educate these first responders and law enforcement professionals.   To enable more law enforcements personnel the opportunity to receive disability training we will host face-to-face training

CONTACT: Christine Brigden, Christine.brigden@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Great Plains Interdisciplinary Autism Diagnostic Clinic  (GPIC II)

This project provides diagnostic services to North Dakota children and youth. The clinic houses an interdisciplinary team who conducts arena-style assessments in collaboration with the child's local team and family.

CONTACT: Connie Irey, connie.irey@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Indian Disabilities Studies Project

The Indians into Disability Studies Project will continue their partnership into a three-year implementation phase between the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University (MSU) and the Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) located at the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian (TMBCI) reservation.  The goal is to increase the capacity of the TMBCI community to provide inclusive special education services to their students with disabilities by supporting Teacher Education students to complete their Bachelor of Education degrees at TMCC and Special Education Graduate certificates through MSU.

CONTACT: Rebecca Daigneault, rebecca.daigneault@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Minot Infant Development Program (MIDP)

This project identifies infants (birth-3) who are developmentally delayed, high risk, or at risk. In addition, this contract provides for in-home programming and infant stimulation activities for eligible children.

CONTACT: Dianne Bossert, dianne.bossert@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Money Follows the Person Housing Program (MFP)

This project seeks 1) to develop and maintain an effective, consumer-directed, accessible and comprehensive housing resource system for persons wishing to transition to the community from an institutional level of care and for persons at risk of institutionalization; 2) to effectively reduce the stigma of persons with disabilities or the aging population statewide, while working to change community attitudes and misconceptions regarding community housing for persons with disabilities or aging persons; and 3) to assist in the statewide effort to develop and expand the number of safe, affordable, accessible, quality and permanent housing options.

CONTACT: Cheryl Merck, cheryl.merck@minotstateu.edu

 

 

NDCPD Core Grant

NDCPD is a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Services. It is part of a network of similar programs at universities throughout the US. University Centers of Excellence (UCE) such as NDCPD serve the disability community by 1) providing interdisciplinary training to students who are seeking professions in the human service arena; 2) providing inservice training for professionals and others serving people with disabilities and their families; 3) disseminating information about effective best practices regarding services for people with disabilities; and 4) providing technical assistance to agencies and programs serving the disability community. NDCPD develops funding to carry out these functions by obtaining grants and contracts. These functions in turn become the ‘core’ of NDCPD’s activities.

CONTACT: Brent Askvig, brent.askvig@minotstateu.edu

 

 

North Dakota Dual Sensory Project

The North Dakota Dual Sensory Project will provide training and technical assistance to educators, early interventionists, schools, state education, and related services providers regarding systemic and individualized supportive services for children and youth with deaf-blindness. Outcomes include training and technical assistance on transition, early identification, numeracy and literacy, family engagement, and an accurate census. Children with deaf-blindness will have improved educational programs, increased skills, and increased time in inclusive settings. Families will have increased knowledge and will be active participants in their childrens’ education. Educators will have increased skills to provide a quality education for children with deaf-blindness.

CONTACT: Brent Askvig, brent.askvig@minotstateu.edu

 

 

ND EHDI

This project works towards reducing the loss to follow-up after failure to pass newborn hearing screenings in ND. ND is identifying, treating and referring fewer infants with hearing loss than expected based on national incidence levels. On-site training, technical assistance, public awareness, data analysis and infrastructure support are key features of this project.

CONTACT: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu

 

 

ND EHDI-IS

ND has a fully developed EHDI (Early Hearing Detection Intervention) program which collects unduplicated individual identifiable data on every occurring birth through the EHDI process. Despite this system, barriers of redundancy continue to exist. This EHDI-IS project will focus on reducing the duplicate data entry burden and reduce rates of loss to recommended follow-up services.

CONTACT: Jerusha Olthoff, jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu

 

 

ND Power Up Health Conference

NDCPD has received funds the ND State Developmental Disabilities Council to coordinate a health conference for people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, and professionals. Conference participants will learn about living and promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing secondary conditions, advocating for health awareness, and accessing healthcare supports more effectively. In addition, NDCPD will identify needs in North Dakota’s healthcare services for people with DD.

CONTACT: Susie Mack, susie.mack@minotstateu.edu

 

 

ND Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

This project assists all ND seniors, including those in our most rural counties and those with disabilities review their Medicare bills to assure that no errors, fraudulent charges or abuses have occurred by using local volunteers, regional volunteer coordinators, and disability adapted curricula to educate beneficiaries.

CONTACT: Linda Madsen, linda.madsen@minotstateu.edu

 

 

ND Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Expanding Supported Employment

This project will coordinate the training and technical assistance for VR/DD pilot projects at four Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to explore and implement innovative strategies to provide integrated employment for people that currently are receiving day supports in non-integrated environments.

CONTACT: Michele Burney, michele.burney@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Right Track

This project identifies infant and toddlers that may be at risk for DD, provides developmental screenings, refers to other services as appropriate and provides developmental information to families.

CONTACT: Dianne Bossert, dianne.bossert@minotstateu.edu

 

 

SAFE 
The SAFE Project stands for Self-Advocates Find Empowerment. This project shows teachers, providers and parents how to make sure that adults with I/DD learn how to have safe and healthy social/sexual relationships. NDCPD will offer training for trainers on this sensitive topic in four communities in ND. The project was funded for one year by the ND State Council on Developmental Disabilities

CONTACT: Cathy Haarstad, cathy.haarstad@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Statewide Customized Employment Specialist Training:

The Statewide Customized Employment Specialist Training Project will coordinate and provide training and technical assistance to community rehabilitation providers to explore and implement innovative customized employment strategies to provide integrated employment for people that currently are receiving day supports and/or in non-integrated environments. Outcomes include training and technical assistance on discovery, marketing and job development, and systematic instruction. Community rehabilitation providers will have increased skills to deliver customized employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that lead to integrated and competitive employment.

CONTACT: Michele Burney, michele.burney@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Statewide Suicide Survey
The project will compile statewide community input (both subjective, using qualitative methods and objective, using quantitative methods) on systems of prevention and response to suicide events (both treatment and support) across ND. Additionally, information regarding perceived resources as related to suicide prevention and treatment will be gathered. The intent is to gather perspective and information from multiple disciplines and entities.

CONTACT: Melissa Naslund, Melissa.naslund@minotstateu.edu

 

 

Training Contracts

This project manages various face-to-face and on-line workshops. Evidence-based practices and value-based services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities are emphasized.

CONTACT: Kari Schmidt, kari.schmidt@minotstateu.edu

 

 

URLend

Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) is an interdisciplinary training program for professionals in a variety of disability-related disciplines. As a collaborative partnership between UCEDDs in Utah, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, URLEND trainees participate in three activities. These include didactic training sessions, research/leadership projects, and clinical observations.

CONTACT: Hilory Liccini, Hilory.liccini@minotstateu.edu

 

 

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