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American People Membership Meeting
DATE:  Monday, October 6, 2014
TIME:  7:00 pm
LOCATION:  Salvation Army, Bismarck
Come learn about Bismarck-Mandan's very own self-advocacy group run by and for people with disabilities! The October membership meeting will be held at a different venue, as the Salvation Army will be serving the group a free meal. Please call Cally at (701) 222-1854 to RSVP or for more information.

American People Board Meeting   
DATE:  Monday, October 13, 2014
TIME:  7:00 pm
LOCATION:  Paradiso Restaurant, Bismarck

2014 Annual Meeting - The Arcs of Bismarck and North Dakota
DATE:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
TIME:  6:00 pm - Social/Entertainment
          6:30 pm - Business Meeting
LOCATION:  Bavendick State Room
                  Fourth Floor, NECE Building
                  Bismarck State College

Members are invited to attend the social hour prior to the business meeting. Light appetizer fare will be served and entertainment will be provided. The Arc of Bismarck business meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. with The Arc of North Dakota business meeting to immediately follow. Both membership bodies will be voting on new bylaws changes, holding board elections, and presenting annual awards. The event will also include brief programmatic reports, staff recognition, and an annual fundraiser.

The Arc of North Dakota Bylaws: The Arc of ND Bylaws_Revised_2014.pdf

For more information or to add your event to The Arc's calendar, contact Cally at (701) 222-1854.

IMG_0127.jpgOften described as a life-changing experience, the North Dakota Partners in Policymaking program is now accepting applications for its eight-month leadership training program. Individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will be trained at no cost in monthly sessions, starting in January. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will learn how to become knowledgeable, confident and effective advocates for themselves, their children, and others with disabilities.

The program teaches leadership skills, advocacy skills, and creates paths for personal independence. Partners in Policymaking is grounded in the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and other policymakers. Participants develop a network of resources and supports, gain confidence, develop competency in the topic areas, and become comfortable sharing their personal stories, which is perhaps the most vital part of advancing systemic change. Presenters include local experts and nationally recognized leaders who present on the topics of the history of the disability and self-advocacy movements, inclusive education, competitive employment, assistive technology, supported living, and the local, state, and federal legislative processes.

Participants meet one weekend - Friday through Saturday - per month from January to July. Partners in Policymaking is limited to 25 participants, all of whom must be North Dakota residents. Overnight hotel accommodations, travel, meals, child care, and other needed supports are provided at no cost to the participants. All eight sessions will be held at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck.

Please follow the links to see Partners 2015 session dates  or to download an application.   Click on the Partners in Policymaking link at your left for additional information and to see comments from past participants.  Please contact April Dahme with any questions or to request materials in alternate formats: 
                                                                                                                                                     888-258-7949 or 701-258-7949

           Ingredients for Inclusion Cookbook
Try out some new recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering from The Arc of Bismarck's Ingredients for Inclusion Cookbook! All proceeds from cookbook sales directly benefit the American People Self-Advocacy Association -- a self-advocacy group run by and for people with disabilities.

Stop down at The Arc Thrift Store or call Cally at (701) 222-1854 to get your copy today!

P.O. Box 2081, Bismarck ND 58502-2081  (701) 222-1854