• Community Program Specialist
+1 612-624-5659
Masonic Institute on the Developing Brain
Rm 1-305B1j [map]
2025 E River Pkwy
MInneapolis, MN 55414

Katrina "Trina" Simons has worked on a variety of projects and legislation related to chronic illness, disability, and quality of life. She is passionate about empowering people with developmental disabilities to make informed choices. She enjoys working to promote autonomy across the lifespan.

Simons is a graduate of the MNLEND Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She was a survey interviewer on the Olmstead Plan pilot survey. She has served on both the State Rehabilitation Council and the Region Ten Quality Council.

Simons began working at ICI in 2017. At ICI, she is a Community Program Specialist, self-advocacy liaison, MNLEND Faculty member, and she coordinates the monthly Self Advocacy Online meetings. Self Advocacy Online works on outreach and policy advocacy for and by people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)

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Training for Direct Support Workers Employed in Self-Directed Programs

This project provided training for more than 1,000 direct support workers (DSWs). The purpose of the training was to provide information on the following topics: 1) disability rights movement; 2) …


Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy Prevalence Project

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Direct Support Professionals and the COVID-19 Vaccine

This 11-minute webinar addresses COVID-19 vaccinations for direct support professionals. Topics include: The reasons why people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are more vulnerable …

Published: 2/24/2022

LEND Webinars: To Be Honest (TBH): A Discussion on Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs

A Webinar discussing the area of transition, which continues to present young people and their families with many difficult challenges. Despite an impressive body of literature, concrete solutions …

Published: March 14, 2013