Thursday, January 05, 2006

Free online courses

This information came my way via Jackie of FACES:

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to offer these free resources to help increase independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

"Partners in Education," is a six-hour, self-directed e-learning course to help parents with children with developmental disabilities better understand and maximize the benefits of special education services and inclusion for their children, is now available. Go to to review the course and give us your comments and feedback.

"Making Your Case" is a three-hour, self-directed course on how to communicate with public officials by effectively telling your personal story, writing a letter, providing testimony, and communicating in positive ways. Go to to review the course. We welcome your comments and feedback.

"Partners in Employment" is a six-hour, self-directed course created to give users the practical skills needed to find real, competitive employment in their own community. Participants will receive helpful information on how to find a job, writing a resume, participating in an interview, and planning for your career. Go to to get started.

Please know that these free resources are relevant and useful regardless of where a participant is located.

We would greatly appreciate your mentioning these valuable opportunities in your next newsletter, listserv or other communications with those you work with, and forwarding this message to anyone who might be interested.

And as always, please let us know by return email ( if you prefer to not receive future announcements.

Thanks again for all you do, and your consideration of this ongoing project.

Colleen Wieck
Executive Director
Minnesota Governor?s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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