Mark R Olson
  • Project Coordinator
Email
olso4541@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-626-2020
Address
Insititute on Community Integration
204C PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a minor in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. He currently holds the position of Project Coordinator at the Institute on Community Integration where he writes curriculum and provides training to people who provide direct support. Certified as a Person Centered Thinking Trainer he provides individuals and organizations guidance on becoming more person-centered in their approach. Throughout his career, he has provided service to people with disabilities in recreation and inclusion, residential and daily living skills, vocational skills, and advocacy. In addition, he has worked in frontline management in the non-profit industry. His key policy interests include health care, disability, education, workforce recognition and development, civic engagement, human rights and the environment. He is past Chair of the Minnesota State Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association. He is past president of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Over the past 30 years, much of his energy has been directed at making sure the frontline direct support professional has the tools needed to make the greatest impact on the lives of the people they support.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Projects

Project

DSP Workforce Development Program [Archived]

Provided state-of-the-art resources to help people with disabilities and their families find and retain quality Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Specifically, the program updated and marketed…
Project

Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

Conducts research, training and technical assistance activities that enhance Minnesota's capacity to support community living for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Primary areas…
Project

Active Support Interventions and Their Effect on Increased Participation of Persons With Disabilities [Archived]

Conducts a longitudinal, randomized control study to examine the impact of Active Support (AS) interventions in 20 group homes in Minnesota. AS is an organizational intervention that enables Direct…
Project

Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Fund for Art Inclusion

Curates ongoing and revolving exhibits of visual art by artists with disabilities at the Institute on Community Integration, celebrating art and diversity while supporting artists with…
Project

Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…
Project

RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental…
Project

Self-Advocacy Online: Research and Development to Bridge the Digital Divide

Develops a model for making Web sites accessible for people with intellectual and related cognitive disabilities, and launches an educational and networking Web site for teens and adults with…

Products

Self-Advocacy Online

A multimedia resource providing information important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that is accessible to all. The content is translated into understandable language…Published: 2012-Present

Topics

  • Community life
    • Civil rights
      • Community supports and services
        • Person-centered planning and practices
          • Recreation and leisure
            • Self-advocacy and self-determination
              • Social inclusion
              • Direct support workforce
                • Supervision and mentoring
                  • Training
                    • Workforce development strategies
                    • Employment and postsecondary education
                      • Day training and habilitation
                        • Employment and workforce development
                          • Supported employment
                          • Housing and residential services
                            • Community group residential
                              • Consumer/self-directed services
                              • Specific disability
                                • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)

                                Activities

                                • Technical assistance
                                  • Training and professional development