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Presidents Corner

As we begin 2014 for the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association (MRA), I find two of the most impressive features about our organization are the ability to be directly involved in how I invest in my own professional development and to protect the integrity of this field.  To be able to identify my own training needs as well as speak for those within the vocational rehabilitation field and help create and shape continued development to better serve individuals with disabilities is something that is important to me as a professional. 

Myself like many of you have dedicated time, energy and finances in order to become a professional in the field of vocational rehabilitation.  After time within my undergraduate and master’s degree work I look back and think about all the time training, researching, critically thinking and consulting. At that time, I didn’t know how I would need to continue to grow and learn while working within the field. 

Now as a professional, I understand that true commitment to this field involves not just providing services to individuals with disabilities but also continuing to invest in my own professional development and to support and protect the field of vocational rehabiltiation.  Being a MRA board member has enabled me to be committed to the field and also given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills. 

In the last two years we have seen attendance at our conference lower and find it more challenging to find professionals to fill board positions.  I would encourage those who have attended conferences in the past to contact me to assist in impacting our training.  We would like to know what you as a professional feel is important to you.  MRA would like to hear from you in order to know what it important to you as a professional and how we can assist you in continuing your education and also help to greater strengthen the field of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

We have been listening to feedback and have designed a different structure for this spring conference.  Our spring conference will be held at the Mystic Lake Hotel on May 15th and May 16th.  One of the highlights of this training will be Phil Sarff of Gary and Fischler and Associates presenting: Understanding the Vocational Impact of Mental Health Disorders and Personality Disorders.  This will be May 15th and will be an all-day session.  We would like to try this all day session approach as we have heard from those in the past that the shorter sessions don’t facilitate higher learning and the information presented is more a brief overview.  We are also working on an additional one day session topic for Friday May 16th.

I look forward to what 2014 will bring and how I can assist our members in their professional development.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your MRA President.   


Mimi Schafer


 MRA News

Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome takes place on January 9 at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Nov 13 2014

The early registration discount is in effect through December 5.

In this seminar, Barbara Bissonnette will share her knowledge gained from coaching hundreds of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. They range in age from 17 to 63.

MRA's Fall 2014 Conference

Sep 04 2014

September 17th & 18th & 19th, 2014 at Holiday Inn & Suites, St.

2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference

May 20 2014

The 2014 Rehabilitation Update Conference will be help on September 25, 2014 from 8:30-3:45.

All participants must per-register; cost is $75.

Governmental Affairs Report/Request of Members

Mar 11 2014
From GA co-chairs Steve Kuntz and Doris Illies

Historically MRA has approached governmental affairs on a two prong approach, the state and federal levels.  Both have significant impact on not only funding but how vocational services are delivered to people with disabilities.

MRA's Spring 2014 Conference

Mar 06 2014

MRA's Spring 2014 Conference

May 15th and 16th at Mystic Lake Casino located in Prior Lake, MN

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