"The Arc of West Central Minnesota has always been a top notch organization with top notch people! The Arc has always been there for us as a resource, family connector, and support group backbone! We can always count on the Arc! Diane Brendemuhl, parent
Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain. There is a real fear that our society may regress toward the institutional services we have been working to end for more than 50 years. 2011 Key Findings. Full report.
The University of Minnesota is seeking participants for a research survey. If you are aged 18-26 and have a neurodevelopmental disorder, they are interested in hearing about your preferences in living situation.
Click here to take the survey:https://umn.qualtrics.com/ jfe/form/SV_2i2kTnpRdLFoJ8N
The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) has partnered with WETA's Learning Media programs, including Reading Rockets and LD Online, to develop and share new resources about assistive technology and instructional technology (AT/IT) to support reading and writing and address the needs of children and youth with learning disabilities.
We'd like to hear from you - about why you look for AT/IT information, where you look for resources and in what format, what works in your classroom or at home, and more. Your answers will guide us in developing the resources that are most useful to you as a parent, student, teacher, service provider, or AT/IT specialist.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. For taking the time to help us, you can enter a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. Take the survey
Hartwell Foundation’s new initiative, “Kids First” Autism Project. The goal is to reach thousands of families who are managing the challenges that come with caring for an autistic child. By helping us with this longitudinal study, they have the potential to make a real difference by enabling us to gather more hard data, to identify commonalities in autistic children, and work toward improving current therapies. Link will be posted soon.
View a clip from Offense Taken,
a DVD produced by Self-Advocates of Minnesota (SAM), which
brings attention to the hurtful use of the "R" word. For more information, please visit RTC Media Productions
Master Pool Special Needs Trusts
Considering a Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trust for a family member? Check out The Arc of Minnesota's Master Pool Trust. The Arc of MN Master Pool Trust, administered by professionals that know the intricacies of trusts, makes it possible for families to put money aside for a loved one with a disability; for things like vacations, cell phone, or cable TV; without affecting eligibility for government benefits such as SSI & MA.