Barbara A Kleist
- Project Manager
Barb Kleist manages outreach, training and technical assistance for projects 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, direct support workforce development and community living. Barb is certified as a Person Centered Thinking Trainer and is trained in ToP participatory facilitation methods. She has also served as Community & Family Faculty for the MN LEND. Barb served on several state policy committees including the MN DHS Rule 40 Advisory Committee charged with developing recommendations for the modernization of the rule. She is currently a member of the MN Disability Law Center Advisory Committee, WINGS MN, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP), The Arc Minnesota's Public Policy Committee and is the chair of the Legal Process and Advocacy Network of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Barb is a licensed attorney with Minnesota State Bar with more than 30 years' experience working to improve community living and the quality of life for people with disabilities. She 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.