Additional Resources

Adults with disabilities are invited to attend classes designed especially to meet their needs and interests. Classes include arts/crafts, sports, field trips and more. Learn More

ADA Minnesota provides Minnesota citizens with disabilities, family members, service providers, businesses, communities, government, universities and colleges assistance in implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA MN is a program within the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living.  Learn More

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Learn More

The Arc of Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization that is dedicated to ensuring the full participation in their communities of people with developmental disabilities and to improving their lives and the lives of their families. Learn More

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of families, educators, care givers, and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was chartered in 1971 as a chapter of the Autism Society of America, the collective voice of the autism community in over 240 chapters nationwide. Learn More

A residential program that focuses on academic, vocational, residential, and social learning experiences. Bethel will provide students with the skills and education necessary to live independently, maintain meaningful employment, and value lifelong learning. After successfully completing the program’s requirements, students will earn an applied skills certificate with an emphasis in health or human services, business (IT), or education.

Supports and educates youth with disabilities as they transition into adult life and grow as fruitful members of their family and their community. Branch Out programming provides instruction to meet individual student needs for students age 18-21, including self-advocacy, employment readiness, career exploration, social interactions, post-secondary planning, and much more. Learn More

Nationally-known, not-for-profit rehabilitation and resource center for people with physical disabilities, brain injuries, speech or vision impairments, or hearing loss. Comprehensive services include physical rehabilitation, wellness and fitness, aquatics, mental health and family support services, vocational training, driver assessment and training, community living skills and assistive technology, camping and recreational programs among others. Learn More

The Center’s Mission is to provide leading-edge services that create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the community. Learn More

Disability Benefits 101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan. Learn More

The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities. Learn More

Disability Minnesota provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. We also provide access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas. Learn More

It is the mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota to provide information, resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities. Learn More

Fraser serves children and adults through healthcare, housing, education and employment. Our programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation and individualized family-centered approach. Fraser has been serving children and families for over 75 years and is recognized as an innovator in serving those with special needs. Fraser involves the entire family – parents and caregivers are the experts when it comes to their children. Learn More

A shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Rides are provided for any purpose. Learn More

Provides information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self-determination, integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Learn More

A residential program that focuses on academic, vocational, residential, and social learning experiences. Bethel will provide students with the skills and education necessary to live independently, maintain meaningful employment, and value lifelong learning. After successfully completing the program’s requirements, students will earn an applied skills certificate with an emphasis in health or human services, business (IT), or education.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is a national, member-driven organization consisting of 55 State and Territorial Councils. NACDD places high value on meaningful participation and contribution by Council members and staff of all Member Councils, and we advocate and continually work towards positive system change on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Learn More

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. Learn More

The National Fragile X Foundation serves all those living with Fragile X with a focus on community, awareness, and research in the pursuit of treatments and a cure. Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual and developmental disability. An estimated 1.5 million Americans have the gene premutation, and an estimated 100,000 Americans have Fragile X syndrome. Learn More

The NVLD Project is committed to helping those with NVLD in order to bring about positive change in their lives and greater acceptance by society. We do this through several initiatives, including awareness campaigns, ongoing communications efforts, special events, social media, our ambassador program and more. Learn More

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation. Learn More

(formerly known as Minnesota Association on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome --We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Learn More

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. Learn More

Special Olympics Minnesota is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Learn More

Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is a non-profit organization that focuses on getting people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world. Many trips are especially geared for individuals with disabilities. Learn More

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