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Kenney honored for work to empower North Minneapolis individuals with disabilities

Julie Kenney will receive the Irving Martin Professional of the Year Award from The Arc Minnesota.

Kenney will be honored at The Arc Minnesota’s Awards Banquet on Sept. 23 at the Shoreview Community Center in Shoreview, 4580 Victoria St. N. Kenney is executive director of Independence, Productivity, Self-Determination, Integration, and Inclusion, Inc. (IPSII). Through IPSII’s On Eagles Wings programs, Kenney teaches a five-month leadership training for African-American parents in North Minneapolis who have children under age 18 with developmental disabilities.

IPSII has also focused on increasing emergency preparedness for families and their children with disabilities. After the 2011 tornado in North Minneapolis, Kenney trained self-advocates, their families, and service providers how to create individualized plans to deal with emergency situations.

The Arc Minnesota’s Sept. 23 banquet honoring Kenney will be held at 6:30 p.m. To order tickets contact Mike Gude at (651) 604-8066 or email

The Irving Martin Professional of the Year Award honors an individual employed in community services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who has demonstrated sensitivity and the ability to provide an outstanding quality of service, which results in increased independence for the people being served.

The Arc Minnesota is a statewide, non-profit organization that promotes human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. It is supported by members, partners, and 10 affiliated chapters statewide. For more information, go to

September 22, 2016
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