Graduate Research Assistant

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, Long-term supports and services, Person-centered planning and practice, Positive support, Self-advocacy, Social inclusion

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Bio

Kelly Ortenblad is a second year graduate student completing a master's degree in social work (MSW) with a concentration in health disability and aging and clinical mental health. She is specializing in international social work. Her most recent trip was to Ghana evaluating various programs that focus on disability outreach and transition.

Kelly is also working towards completing the graduate certificate in Disability Policy and Services through ICI and a graduate certificate in Aging Studies through the School of Public Health. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology from Metropolitan State University with a focus on adult development. Prior to starting the MSW program, Kelly spent over 8 years working in training and development, creating and implementing training programs for employees and volunteers in both a for-profit and nonprofit setting.

Projects

Project

Effectiveness of Two Approaches to Expand the Social Inclusion of Adults with IDD Living with Families [Archived]

Determines what types of strategies families can use to increase the social inclusion of their adult age child with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who is living with them....

In collaboration with: Hennepin County [MN], The Arc Greater Twin Cities, Ramsey County

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is...

In collaboration with: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Human Services Research Institute, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

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