Minnesota Rehabilitation Association

Promoting Ethical and State of The Art Pratice in Rehabilitation

MRA FALL Conference 2017


September 20, 21, and 22 2017


Holiday Inn - Duluth, MN


To register for MRA Fall Conference, please go to the eventbrite registration page by clicking the link below:



or you may also download the electronic file of the registration form by clicking HERE.


Please note, within Eventbrite the Hotel Registration deadline is August 30. If rooms are needed after that date please contact mraconferences@gmail.com



Program & Conference Schedule!

This year's MRA FALL Conference is PACKED with training and professsional development opportunities.

Below you will find the conference's program, but you may also download a copy of the program by clicking HERE. Please note, conference program is NOT final and is subject to change with or without notice.


Navigating the Future Together

MRA Fall 2017 Conference


Wednesday, September 20th—Pre-Conference

11:30am-3:00pm Registration Great Lakes Ballroom

12:00pm-4:15pm Pre-Conference Hands-On Assistive Technology Lake Superior/Huron Tina Hansen and Sarah, Pacer Center

2:00pm-2:15pm Break/Snack

4:30pm-5:30pm`MRA Board Meeting Lake Michigan

5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner with the MRA Board TBD **At Your Own Expense

Thursday, September 21st

7:00am-3:00pm Registration

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast Great Lakes Ballroom

8:00am-8:15am Welcome with NRA Executive Director Dr. Fred Schroeder Great Lakes Ballroom

8:15am-9:45am Keynote Presentation The Role of Consumer Self-Advocacy in Vocational Rehabilitation Great Lakes Ballroom

Dr. Richard Pimentel, Sr. Partner Milt Wright & Associates, Inc.

With the advent of the disability civil rights movement it has become both important and expected that persons with disabilities learn and develop the skills to self-advocate for themselves. Richard Pimentel will explain the role of self advocacy in the success of the disability rights movement and the development of the original ADA and the ongoing role of training young persons with disabilities on how to self-advocate. He will explore the emergence of a new and successful generation of young persons with disabilities who use the skills of self advocacy to navigate the waters of reasonable accommodation, making their needs known and assisting other in making changes to accessibility that benefit everyone. Participants will become familiar with the developing importance of self-advocacy in the disability culture. They will be able to identify the key aspects of selfadvocacy and be able to integrate these concepts into their counseling practices.

9:45am-10:00am Break

10:00am-11:30am Employment First Collaboration Department of Human Services-Disability Services Division Erie/Ontario

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Panel

10:00am-11:30am Worker’s Compensation 101 An Overview of Benefits & Rehabilitation Practice Lyric II-III 

Tom Saby, MS, CRC, QRC Rehabilitation Consultant-self-employed

If you do not know much about worker’s compensation, here is a chance to learn. This presentation will explain the basics of the workers compensation system, the benefits the injured workers receive and rehabilitation practice as a QRC in the workers compensation system. Mr. Saby will also address working relationships with other professionals.

10:00am-11:30am TITLE Lyric I SPEAKER NAME MASPPR Sponsored

11:30am-12:30am Lunch Great Lakes Ballroom

12:30pm-2:00pm Self-Advocacy Tool Box Erie/Ontario

Dr. Richard Pimentel, Sr. Partner Milt Wright & Associates, Inc. Erie/Ontario

Richard Pimentel will introduce key issues for successful self-advocacy to persons with disabilities and introduce training dynamics and techniques being used in the new advocacy training for persons with disabilities “ Without Limits”. Participants will become familiar with best practice self-advocacy training for youth and adult consumers with disabilities. They will be given training tools for self-disclosure than can be incorporated into their consumer interview preparation.

12:30pm-2:00pm MN Career Information Systems (MCIS) Lyric II-III

Dorothy Wolf, MCIS Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

MCIS is dedicated to serving students/clients with a variety of alternative needs and settings. Bring your own device and follow along while we highlight the site to see how it can meet the needs of students and clients in your programs. The site includes straightforward language, easy-to-follow navigation, Minnesota-specific information, and clear choices. The version also includes the capacity to develop individual portfolios and customize checklists to help users map their career and education choices. Also learn how you can better serve transition students from various high school settings with advisory accounts for MCIS.

12:30pm-2:00pm TITLE SPEAKER NAME Lyric I

MASPPR Sponsored

2:00pm-2:15pm Break

2:15pm-3:45pm The End of Professionalization in the Era of WIOA?! Erie/Ontario

Dr. John W. Lui, PhD., MBA, CRC, PVE The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is upon us. With the new performance indicators, are credentials like CRC or LPC still needed; is graduate level of education in the rehabilitation-related fields still necessary; and what are the implications to ethical clinical practice in vocational rehabilitation? This interactive session will attempt to create a dialogue amongst rehabilitation administrators, educators and practitioners.

2:15pm-3:45pm Injured Workers: Reliable Diagnosis & Spine Surgeries at Work Lyric II-III

Dr. Daniel W. Hanson, President & Spine Surgeon at Minnesota Spine Institute MASPPR Sponsored Dr. Hansen will talk about how to reliably diagnose pain and the spine surgeries that will get the patients back to work quicker.

2:15pm-3:45pm TITLE Lyric I SPEAKER NAME




MRCEA Lyric Conference Area



5:15pm-10:00pm Dinner/Awards/Networking Great Lakes Ballroom

Friday, September 21st

7:00am-9:00am Registration Great Lakes Ballroom

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am Labor Market Information and Trainings Erie/Ontario

Wolfgang Tattenbach

8:30am-10:00am Succeeding in College and Life with a TBI Lyric II-III

Holly Kostrzewski

8:30am-10:00am TITLE Lyric I SPEAKER NAME

10:00am-10:30am Break/Snack/Networking Lyric Conference Area

10:30am-12:00pm Motivational Interviewing Erie/Ontario

Sonia Vinnes

10:30am-12:00pm TITLE Lyric II-III


10:30am-12:00pm TITLE Lyric I


Have Questions?

Have questions or comments regarding conferences? Please contact MRAConferences@gmail.com and we'll  get back as soon as possible!