Barbara A Kleist
- Outreach and Training Director
- Family Faculty, Minnesota LEND
Barb Kleist manages outreach, training and technical assistance at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration's Research and Training Center on Community Living. She works on state and federal projects focusing on improving community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current projects involve training, technical assistance and state policy development in person centered thinking/planning, positive behavior supports, community living. Barb is certified as a Person Centered Thinking Trainer and is trained in ToP participatory facilitation methods. Additionally, she is Family Faculty for the MN LEND Families as Teachers program. Barb has served on several state policy committees including the Rule 40 Advisory Committee charged with developing recommendations for the modernization of the rule. She is a member of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports' Home and Community Network, the MNPBS Network, the Arc and the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). She is a licensed attorney and a member of both the Minnesota State Bar and the Hennepin County Bar Association with more than 30 years' experience working to improve community living and the quality of life for people with disabilities. As a trained mediator and facilitator Barb has experience representing self-advocates or family members in guardianship and administrative proceedings, mediating disputes, evaluating services and providing training for community services staff, families and self-advocates on a variety of topics.