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Program Description

The Self-Advocacy Training and Support program is designed to help transition age youth (15-25) in obtaining general self-advocacy skills and in the Home and Community Based Waiver system.

Sessions consist of:

  • 8 small group classes (1:4 staff to student ratio)

  • 4 bi-weekly individual coaching meetings related to your self-advocacy journey

  • A self-advocacy workbook and group designed T-shirt

  • Caregivers attend 2 classes (one with their youth and one without) to learn how to best support their youth in self-advocacy


Self-Advocacy Facilitator

Our self-advocacy facilitator is Cole Cooper. Cole has experience in education and direct support, working with families, professionals, and young people. He is also a public speaker, lecturer, and consultant. His work focuses on promoting autonomy, self-determination, communication access, and dignity of risk for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cole holds a degree in Foundations of Special Education from the University of Minnesota. He identifies proudly as disabled and is on the Consumer Directed Community Supports Program. 


Times and Locations

We offer two types of classes.


Our West Metro location is at the Learning Disabilities Association building in Golden Valley and classes are offered on Saturdays.


We also offer Virtual classes online on Fridays.

Individual coaching meetings are scheduled either in home, at our West Saint Paul office, or in the community.


Cost and Registration

Participation in the program is billed to your waiver, either through Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) or Traditional. 

The cost for each group class is $85 ($21.25 per unit) and $100 ($25.00 per unit) for each individual coaching meeting. The full program costs $1,080.

To inquire about registration or for more information, click here.


The Self-Advocacy Training and Support Program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services.