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A Ne w s l e t t e r f o r F r i e n d s o f F r a s e r
Fraser Academy Charter
Thursday, December 4, 2003
Fraser Child & Family Center The Minnesota Department of Education Though a separate entity from the overall
(612) 728-5386 recently granted permission for the opening nonprofit Fraser organization, Fraser Academy
of Fraser Academy, an inclusive elementary is founded by Fraser and will employ similar
“A Box of Joy” charter school. The vision for Fraser Academy philosophies around parent and community
Holiday Show is to be a high quality, inclusive elementary involvement, creative teaching strategies, and
Friday, December 5, 2003 program that meets the diverse needs of each inclusion. St. Cloud State University, College of
Fraser School child. The school will serve children with Education, is the charter school’s sponsoring
(612) 861-1688 typical needs (children without disabilities) organization.
along with children who have special needs “Having St. Cloud State University on
Family Fun Day related to a disability. board as our sponsoring organization is a great
Thursday, December 13, 2003 “We’re very excited to be moving ahead asset,” said Chris Bentley, start-up director for
Fraser Child & Family Center with plans that have been several years in the Fraser Academy. “They will lend oversight and
(612) 728-5386 making,” said Diane S. Cross, president and expertise as well as cutting edge knowledge of
CEO of Fraser. “It makes sense to lend our best practices.”
Fraser Academy Information expertise in early childhood development into The official approval from the State of
Meeting for Parents elementary school programming. Fraser’s Minnesota means that planners are moving
Saturday, December 13, 2003 nearly 70 years of experience helping children forward in seeking a location for the school in
Fraser School to develop to their highest potentials provides southern Hennepin County. The timing of
(612) 798-8349 a great foundation for the new programs.” “Charter Schools” continued page 8
Fraser Academy Information
Meeting for Parents
Thursday, January 8, 2004
Nancy Booker Receives Louise
Whitbeck Fraser Award
Community volunteer, Nancy Booker, was
Roll & Stroll for Fraser™ honored with the second annual Louise
Saturday, January 31, 2004 Whitbeck Fraser Award at the 2003 Fraser
Mall of America annual benefit. The award recognizes a person
(612) 798-8313 who is devoted to enhancing the lives of
people with special needs and supports the
Nancy has spent the past 37 years volun-
teering for organizations that serve individuals
with developmental disabilities. Her motivation
to get involved was the birth of her daughter,
Anne, who was born with Down syndrome. In
1969, when Anne first attended Fraser School,
Nancy became involved by raising funds
“Nancy Booker” continued page 8 Gene, Nancy and Anne Booker
winter 2003 Bright futures
Dear Friends of Fraser,
As you’ll see
on page three,
Thank You for
raser News Bits
Talents of Local Man
Enrichment through United Way
celebration of A special thanks to all of you who have
designated Fraser this fall to receive your
Diane Cross people with
United Way donation in 2004. Your
disabilities enhancing their local
generous gifts will help Fraser to provide
communities. important services to thousands of
While we were thrilled to participate children, families and adults with special
in special activities during this designated needs.
week, it strikes me that this is what Fraser If your United Way campaign is
is about every day, 365 days each year. coming up or currently in progress, please
PHOTO BYKERI PICKETT
At the core of all Fraser services is consider writing in Fraser as a designated
the philosophy of inclusion – people of all agency.
backgrounds and abilities living, working, All you need to do is write “Fraser”
learning and playing together in one and our address on your pledge form or
community. gift-designation card, and United Way
will see that your contribution is sent to
This is demonstrated at Fraser every
us. Then, please let us know that you have
day. Every day at Fraser School, children
designated Fraser, so we can thank you
with and without special needs spend the and watch for your gift.
entire day together in the same classrooms. Artist James Levine
For more information, please contact
It is also demonstrated every day through Paula Werner at (612) 798-8310 or
our residential programs, where our firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for support- If you’ve visited Fraser Child & Family
houses and apartments for adults with ing Fraser through your United Way Center recently, you may have noticed the
special needs are woven into neighbor- giving! colorful artwork donated by James Levine
hoods around the metro area. And, it is and his mother Annette K. Levine. James,
demonstrated every day through our Asperger’s Clinic Helps 50, has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism
spectrum disorder. James hasn’t let his
Community Supports Services, which Teens Build Self-esteem
special needs hold him back. He lives
provide in-home assistance for families
Fraser’s program for teens with Asperger’s quite independently, driving to his full-
caring for a loved one with special needs. syndrome focuses on positive social time job, cooking for himself and
As this year comes to an end, it is emotional development. Goals are set to managing his own finances. His love of
important to take a moment to reflect help each youth to become more func- drawing occupies much of his free time.
and celebrate the work that we have tional and adaptive within their family Over the years, James has created hundreds
done. A heartfelt thank you to each of and other interactive settings. of unique pieces of art. He has allowed
you for being part of the Fraser family. At Fraser’s Asperger’s Clinic, teens Fraser to display some of them for visitors
Over the past year, you have provided build self-esteem and life skills, including: to enjoy. We thank him for sharing his
assistance through volunteer, financial • appropriate social interaction with talents with us and for inspiring future
and moral support. You have contributed adults and peers; artists.
your time, money and ideas. You are our • reading social cues and nonverbal
communication; Book Promoting
true partners in enriching the community
• expressing and understanding feelings;
each and every day.
• problem solving;
Inclusion Benefits Fraser
From all of us at Fraser, have a • coping strategies; “The People on the Corner” is a delightful
happy and safe holiday season! • organizational strategies; and story about inclusion that is beautifully
• daily living skills. written and illustrated by Leslye Orr. Orr,
Warm Regards, Program fees are usually covered under who has been legally blind since birth, is a
mental health benefits with most insur- local performer, playwright, author and
ance plans, Medical Assistance, and TEFRA. illustrator. According to Orr, her inspira-
Diane S. Cross For information and intake, contact tion for this book is the many children,
President and CEO Christina Jacobson at (612) 331-9413. with and without disabilities, that she has
2 Special needs
met over the years. A significant portion Community Enrichment Week Highlights
of the proceeds from sales of “The People Contributions of People with Disabilities
on the Corner” benefits Fraser. To order,
please call (612) 798-8349 or visit Imagine men, women and children out in Community Enrichment Week
www.fraser.org and click on products. their communities with bright yellow bags provided a perfect venue for the adults
reading, “Working Together With People and children who live at Fraser’s group
Disney Partners with of All Abilities,” and filling them with homes to highlight how they make their
Roll & Stroll for Fraser™ raked leaves, debris from parks or dona- neighborhoods better and contribute
tions for local food shelves. This is exactly meaningfully to their communities. They
Mark your calendars for the fourth what occurred across the state of Minnesota were assisted throughout the week by
annual Roll & Stroll for Fraser™ on direct service professionals and program
Saturday, January 31, coordinators, just as they are assisted on a
2004, at Mall of daily basis. Congratulations and thanks to
America. Radio Disney all who made this week such a great success!
has signed on as our
media partner and National Music Therapy
will add to the
Conference Comes to
excitement of the
event by providing Minneapolis
Disney characters, For the first
prizes, games, and entertainment as time in more
participants stroll around the mall. than 20 years,
This fundraising walk is an opportu- Evelyn House participants Anda, Janet, Pat, Minneapolis is
nity for Fraser families and friends to Emmaly, Judy and Melissa. hosting the
socialize while showing their support for during Community Enrichment Week, national
Fraser. Former and current clients, October 19 through 24, 2003. conference for
parents and children, and people with Community Enrichment Week is music therapy
special needs are encouraged to attend. an annual event that takes place during professionals.
The walk takes place before the mall Disability Awareness Month. It is the The conference
opens to the public, so you’ll get a great brainchild of the Association of Residential PHOTO WAYNE MARTIN
parking place and won’t have to worry Resources in Minnesota, a group that than 100
about mall crowds. Fraser partners with for a variety of sessions, including recent research,
Roll & Stroll is one of Fraser’s activities throughout the year. techniques and technologies; musical
fundraising events which helps to make Throughout the week, the people performances; and interactive sessions.
up for costs not covered in service fees The field of music therapy includes
who live and work at Fraser residences
(school tuition, insurance reimburse- more than 3,300 professionals nationwide
made remarkable efforts to make their
ment, waiver fees, etc.) Your participation who provide services to a wide variety of
neighborhoods a better place to live; to
is critical to the success of this event and people, including: infants, seniors, people
demonstrate the contributions of people
helps Fraser to maintain our quality with disabilities, and people with illnesses
with disabilities; and acknowledge the
programs and services. Donations and or chemical dependencies.
critical role of direct support professionals.
pledges are welcome and accepted with Though music therapy has been
The week’s activities included:
many thanks. recognized as a profession since the
• gathering with thousands of
Show your Fraser pride, get some 1950s, Louise Whitbeck Fraser, was a
people to kick off the week;
morning exercise, and help make a pioneer in the field as early as the 1930s.
• raking leaves;
difference in the lives of thousands of She believed that music could provide the
• cleaning up local parks;
children and adults served by Fraser by basis for learning, and significantly
• hosting open houses;
participating in this family-friendly, fun, impact children with developmental
• meeting new neighbors and
and relaxed event! disabilities. Today, music therapy contin-
For more information, or to register, ues to be an integral part of Fraser
• organizing food drives to benefit
visit www.fraser.org and click on “events” programs. Each year, more than 300
local food shelves; and
or call (612) 798-8313. children of various abilities benefit from
• displaying and sharing information
music therapy services at Fraser. Fraser is
to educate others.
proud to serve on the committee hosting
the national conference.
Bright futures 3
Latin Theme Heats Up Festivities at
raser’s Annual Benefit
Fraser’s Annual Benefit
More than 700 guests enjoyed a festive Latin theme at Fraser’s 23rd
annual benefit on Saturday, November 1, 2003, at Hilton Minneapolis.
Attendees were treated to a Latin-inspired dinner, a chance to bid on
hundreds of exciting auction items, and an opportunity to socialize with
other Fraser friends and families. The proceeds from this event support
Fraser programs and services for children and adults.
Special thanks to event chair Kristin Prine and auction chair Nancy
Dalaska for the invaluable role they played in the evening’s success.
Additional thanks to Kimberly Kleis for her creative graphic design
services, and to Fraser School teacher Elizabeth Eng for coordinating the
fabulous classroom auction projects.
Fraser would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the companies
and individuals listed below for their generous sponsorship of this event.
Platinum Mann Theatres, Inc.
North American Communications
Design Group Resource, Inc.
Guidant Foundation Palisade Investment Advisors, LLC
Hilton Minneapolis PressCheck Printing & Graphics Inc.
Petters Group Event chair Kristin Prine salsa dancing
RBC Dain Rauscher with her father, Bud Rotter.
Rottlund Homes Target Corporation
Scicom Data Services Transit Team, Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank Voyageur Asset Management
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Filtration Engineering Co., Inc.
Finally, Fraser would like to
Midge Rotter thank all of the individuals and
businesses that donated items to
Silver our auction, and all of the volun-
teers who donated their time and
Gregg and Rachel Anderson and
energy to the planning and run-
The Ted Deikel Foundation ning of this event.
Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota Mark your calendars for next
Duane and Lynda Jergenson Family year’s benefit to take place on
Foundation Saturday, November 6, 2004, at
Excel Bank Minnesota Hilton Minneapolis. We hope to
Flint Hills Resources, LP
Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett, LLP
see you there!
Goetz & Eckland, P.A.
Liza and Steven Kiwus *Special thanks to Shawn Kearney
Lifetouch, Inc. for these event photos.
Lommen, Nelson, Cole & Stageberg
Auction chair Nancy Dalaska and her
husband, Todd Dalaska
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F eel the Rhythm!
Volunteer greeters Ellen Bretheim and
Jessica Ferris welcome guests.
L to R: Elizabeth Eng, Kim Gregg, Priscilla Weigel, Melissa
Robb, Amy Abraham
Fraser School classroom projects were popular silent auction items.
Dancing to the Latin beat.
Latin orchesta Sabor Tropical heated up the
for helping to raise
$160,000 for Fraser
L to R: Lynda Jergenson, Duane
Jergenson, Michael Jergenson,
Tami Wold, Peter Wold
L to R: Diane Denison, Robert
Brown, Melissa Albay, Steve
Fraser board member Peter Robb and board Kowalke, Shawn Kearney
chair Jeanne Crain.
Bright futures 5
Leave a Legacy… A Time to Give Thanks
One Book at a Time
This is the time of year when we traditionally express thanks. It’s also a time to pause to
A retired teacher once said, “My thoughtfully consider our plans for the year ahead and for the future. As a result, it can also
estate will never be large enough to be a time to consider sharing our good fortune through year-end charitable giving.
build libraries, but it will be large
enough to buy books for a library.” In these times of tremendous state funds), real estate or retirement plan assets
and federal budget cuts, a significant can also make a significant impact while
When you leave a legacy through economic downturn, and continually providing you with extra tax savings.
charitable giving–using tools like rising expenses, it has become increasingly Planned gifts, such as those made
wills, insurance policies and IRAs– more difficult for organizations, like Fraser, through beneficiary designations in wills,
you give wings to your lifelong to meet the financial demands of programs. life insurance policies, retirement accounts,
dreams. You truly change the world, Simply put, we need your help! As life income agreements or other estate
in ways large and small. you’re thinking of your year-end gifts, planning vehicles enable donors to leave a
One of the simplest ways to please consider Fraser. Financial support lasting legacy of support into the future.
make a significant gift is to name will help us to sustain the highest quality Finally, in-kind gifts, such as car
Fraser to receive all, or a portion, programming for children and adults donations, also provide a significant
of an existing or new life insurance with special needs and their families. source of revenue for Fraser. Please see
policy. It’s a perfect time of year to Fraser’s giving options allow donors to the notice on page 8 newsletter for details.
consider this type of support as choose the best method for them. Please contact Paula Werner at
many employers are holding open Gifts of cash (by check or credit card) (612) 798-8310 or email@example.com for
enrollment periods for 2004 benefits. are the most common way of providing more information on any of the giving
In three easy steps, you can financial support for Fraser. Gifts mailed options. As the year draws to a close, let
make a difference in the lives of by December 31, 2003, qualify as an income us all take time to reflect and give thanks.
children, adults and families with tax deduction for 2003. (An envelope for On behalf of the thousands of clients and
special needs. gifts is enclosed for your convenience.) families we serve each year, thank you for
Gifts of appreciated assets, such as your support of Fraser.
1. Get the proper “Designation of securities (like stocks, bonds and mutual
Beneficiary” form from your
insurance agent or benefits
New Programs Expand Service Options
2. Fill in Fraser’s name and address
Fraser has expanded its services to include connections. RDI focuses on developing
(2400 West 64th St., Minneapolis,
several new program options. fundamental skills that help the child to
MN, 55423) on the appropriate
Our new Auditory Integration Training be successful at forming friendships. The
(AIT) program, designed to address a skills increase in complexity as the child
3. Let us know of your gift so that variety of skills in children and adults, is progresses in the program. RDI is pro-
we may thank you! now available at Fraser’s Richfield location. vided at Fraser Child & Family Center by
AIT uses a special music that retrains the the only RDI-certified professional in
For more information on auditory system. Benefits may include an Minnesota.
making a planned gift to Fraser, increased attention span, improved speech Certified TEACCH trainer, Brigitte
please contact Paula Werner at and language skills, improved cooperation Frederick, Ph.D., has recently joined the
(612) 798-8310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. and social interaction abilities, as well as staff at Fraser Child & Family Center. She
All inquiries are confidential. Thank decreased aggression. Typically, participants is available for TEACCH consultations with
you for your thoughtful consideration. listen to the special music for 30 minutes, schools and families, and also provides
two times per day, over a 10-day period. consultation related to the structured
AIT is considered an educational service, teaching model in the ECCID day
therefore it is a self-pay or waiver service. treatment program.
Relationship Development Interven- If you would like to learn more about
tion (RDI) is a developmentally-based any of these new program offerings,
program that helps children who have please contact our intake coordinator at
autism spectrum disorders to build social (612) 331-9413.
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E specially for Parents
Tips for Making Moving Out… Moving
Moving Out Easier —by Drew’s Mom, Peggy Smith with Drew
When children become old enough You can imagine, as a parent, the fear in being very
to move out on their own, it can your heart when someone says, “Its time excited and
be both exciting and stressful. to think about your child moving out of me being
Parents and child alike can the family home.” When your child has terrified. How
experience anxiety over the big change. For special needs, it’s even more frightening. will my baby
families of a child with a disability, these For us, this started when Drew’s be able to do
feelings are often magnified. The following social worker suggested that we put his all of the
tips can help make the transition smoother. name on a list for the new Fraser apart- things that I Drew Smith
ments being built in Apple Valley. had been doing for him for over 20 years!
Choosing a place to live We did some investigating and found We had not been idle while waiting for
■ Check out the various housing options that the other Fraser apartments were the building. Drew had been doing his
and choose the one that best matches highly sought after and had waiting lists. own laundry and doing a good job (his
individual needs. We put Drew’s name on the list and clothes hanging ability was questionable).
■ Use a well established housing provider. started the waiting process. We knew that he would be clean, if a bit
Are they responsive to your questions? The actual project, with all of the legal wrinkled.
Do they have reliable references and and financial concerns, took over two Drew could make Kraft Dinner, hot
accurate materials? years to become a reality. During that time, dogs and any number of microwavable
■ Location, location, location. Choose Drew would alternate between being very meals. (I did fret that he may never have a
housing that is convenient for getting excited to have his own apartment (as his veggie again!)
to social and medical services, work, sisters did) and saying, “Do I have to move The apartments are single person
school, and activities. Be sure to out?” That was a very difficult thing to apartments, consisting of a bedroom,
consider if the place is within walking hear, and my gut reaction was to give him bath, sitting room and kitchen. Small but
distance, near a bus line, or provides a hug and tell him he could live with us homey. There is a caretaker in the
other transportation options. forever. I didn’t say that as I knew the best building, though she is there for emer-
thing for him was to be on his own. gencies, not for everyday situations that
Before the move Finally, we heard that the building can be worked out. A laundry room and
■ To prepare both child and parent, talk was going to be a reality. Drew had to go community room complete the building.
about the change and what it will be like. to an interview to see if he was indepen- Drew has many good friends in the
■ Practice skills such as shopping for dent enough to live on his own. There building and they often hang out in the
groceries, doing laundry, cooking was a lot of interest in the 16 available hallways. Through this process, he has
meals, cleaning the house, managing apartments and we were on “pins and never looked back. This has been a
the budget, and personal grooming. needles” waiting to see if Drew would be a wonderful experience for him. As a
■ Visit the new home ahead of time to good match. When the call came that he family, we are so grateful to Fraser for
check out the accommodations, get a had been accepted, we were all very excited. providing Drew this great opportunity to
feel for the area and meet the neighbors. We went to visit the site many times and safely live on his own.
he became more and more excited about Drew often comes to our house to
Moving day stay overnight, but he is always ready for
■ Determine security practices like locking A meeting was called with all of the us to take him “HOME.”
the door and keeping valuables safe. soon-to-be apartment dwellers to determine
■ Review emergency plans, including who who would be in which apartment. Drew
to call for help, what happens if the fire was lucky enough to draw number one in
alarm goes off, and when to call 911. the order of selecting apartments. Origi-
■ Determine schedules for work, ap- nally we thought overlooking the park in
pointments and activities, including the back would be nice. Then we remem- ®
transportation arrangements. bered that there is a lot of time spent
■ Plan ways for parent and child to keep waiting for buses and rides, so the Fraser’s mission is to serve children,
in touch and spend time together. This apartments overlooking the front parking adults, and families with special
change doesn’t mean that you need lot might be more practical. Drew chose needs and to assist them in
each other any less. In fact, you’ll an apartment in the front of the building maximizing their abilities and
probably have even more to talk about. and has been very pleased with his selection. reaching their potentials.
Bright futures 7
Fraser Child & Family Center
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“nancy booker” from page 1
through a craft sale. In the mid 80s, she inspiring others to make a positive
and her husband, Gene, worked with difference in their community. Thank
Fraser to establish the first independent you, Nancy, for all that you have done
living apartment building. As a result, 29 on behalf of people with disabilities. .
write off the car
adults with special needs moved into their
own apartments at Sheridan Court. Later,
she further supported these residents by
To nominate someone for next year’s
award, please visit www.fraser.org and
not the kid.
creating the “Cub Club,” which provides click on “volunteer.”
independent grocery shopping opportu-
nities. “charter school” from page 1
Over the years, Nancy has also been Donate your car, get a tax write-off,
finding an appropriate site will influence
instrumental in developing the FORE! and help children with special
the school’s ability to open in the fall of
Fraser Benefit Golf Classic which raises
2004. If that timeline can be met, registra- needs. Call the Fraser car donation
thousands of dollars for Fraser programs.
tion for prospective students is expected line for drop-off instructions and
She has created a speaking group of
to take place in February. The school more information.
adults with disabilities who share their
plans to provide kindergarten, first grade
stories in the community. And, through
and possibly second grade programs
community education programs, she
during its inaugural year and to add a
conducts seminars about readying people
grade each year as students advance.
with disabilities for independent living.
Informational sessions for families The Fraser Car Donation Program
Nancy Booker truly embodies the
are scheduled for Saturday, December 13 is sponsored by:
spirit of the Louise Whitbeck Fraser
and Thursday, January 8. For details visit
Award which is presented in hopes of
www.fraser.org or call (612) 798-8349 to
be added to the Fraser Academy informa-
tional mailing list.
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