Wellness briefly

Online resource helps with uncertainty

BISMARCK – Many young people feel anxious and stressed about transitioning from high school to work or college and training. A consortium of agencies that work with young people with disabilities has created an online resource, (, to take the guess work out of planning for this major life change.

“Uncertainty can stop people in their tracks,” said Russ Cusack, N.D. Department of Human Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation Division director. “The agencies involved in this effort want to help young people set things in motion by providing the information, tools, resources and connections to help them achieve their goals whether that is pursuing more education or joining the workforce.”

The new online resource portal was developed with financial and program support from the Department of Public Instruction’s special education unit, the N.D. Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University, the N.D. Protection and Advocacy Project, the N.D. Department of Human Services’ VR Division, and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

“At (, young adults will find information about resources to help them pursue education and training, guidance on when and if they should disclose a disability, check lists to help them plan and stay on track, as well as links to North Dakota universities and colleges and training programs,” said Brent Askvig, executive director of the N.D. Center for Persons with Disabilities. He said the multi-agency effort is the next step after students complete their Individualized Education Programs.

The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The consortium’s goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training or a job.

CDD grant writing training rescheduled

The N.D. State Council on Developmental Disabilities’ grant-writing training session originally set for April 1 in Williston but disrupted due to poor road and weather conditions, has been rescheduled and moved to Minot. The training will be held Thursday, May 1, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Minot State University’s Administration Building.

Co-sponsored by the N.D. State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the N.D. Protection and Advocacy Project, and the N.D. Center for Persons with Disabilities, the training focuses on the council’s annual grant application process. Last year the council awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to support projects and services enhancing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Organizers invite advocates, self-advocates, provider agencies, community services staff, local, regional and state agency staff, and others interested in services for people with disabilities to attend. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact the NDCPD at 800-233-1737, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888, or

The training will be led by N.D. Center for Persons with Disabilities staff members experienced in grant development and writing, financial management and project coordination. Trainers will provide information about the council, and instruction on understanding a request for proposal, developing an idea into a fundable application, writing and editing a proposal, formatting and presentation techniques, and developing and justifying a budget.