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Mintun will give keynote talk at statewide disability conference

By From page A3 | August 19, 2014

Bonnie Mintun of Davis has been selected as a keynote speaker for the statewide Supported Life Conference, to be held Oct. 8-10 at the Lions Gate Hotel’s McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento.

The 28th annual conference promotes the “empowerment of all people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in the community”; Mintun was chosen for her 30 years of experience with disability education. Her involvement comes from helping her own daughter with intellectual disability to be included in all aspects of Davis life as well as her professional work teaching others disability awareness, augmentative and alternative communication, and community participation for all.

“Bonnie always brings such insight whenever she presents to a group,” said Sibby McCullough, board president of the nonprofit Supported Life Institute. “Our audience will learn so much from her parent and professional perspective on how including people with disabilities in the community has evolved and changed in the past 30 years.”

Another Davis connection is a second keynote speaker, Will Sanford, executive director of Futures Explored Inc., the parent agency for Vocational Training and Employment. The pioneering Davis employment program, based at UC Davis, provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities on campus and in the community.

For details on how to register for the conference, contact [email protected] or 916-567-1974, ext. 201. Conference brochures also are available on the community literature table at Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.

Enterprise staff

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