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Resources State, National, other resources

State (Minnesota)


. Arc of Minnesota - Promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
. ARRM (Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota) dedicated to leading the advancement of community-based services that support people living with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives
. Advocating Change Together (ACT) - Self-advocacy resource network
. Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
. Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
. Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAM)
. Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living
. Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH)
. Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
. Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities enabling people with developmental disabilities to achieve increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community
. Minnesota Department of Education – special ed department. Special Education Directors List
. Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
. Minnesota Disability Law Center - Contacts
. Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
. Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
. Minnesota Ombudsman's Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
receives complaints against government (and government regulated) agencies and/or its officials
. The Minnesota Council on Disability advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities
. PACER Center
. Special Needs Basic Care providers
. Special Olympics - Minnesota
. State of Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation / Job Seekers with Disabilities
. United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota

Minnesota Programs or Services

. Assistive Technology Toolkit - Products, services, and a list of MN organizations; resources people may use to plan independent lives
. Consumer Directed Community Supports Consumer directed community supports (CDCS) is a unique service option that gives persons more flexibility and responsibility for directing their services and supports, including hiring and managing direct care staff
. Disability Benefits 101 - tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. Plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
. Disability Hub MN -  free statewide resource network that helps solve problems, navigate the system and plan for the future. 
. Disability Minnesota
- a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, & services that are devoted to the range of disability issues; also access to laws, statutes, & regulations in pertinent disability-related areas
. Disability Planning Specialists

Establishing a Guardianship in Minnesota
. Guardianship / Conservatorship Forms

. Healthcare Resource Guide for Minnesotans
. Help Me Grow
. Housing Benefits 101
. Lifeworks Services Customized Support Services (CSS) - Fiscal Support Entity Services
. Medicaid Home & Community Based Waivers
. Medicaid Reference Desk for MN - tool to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find out what Medicaid can offer them
. Disability Employment Initiative
.® makes it easier for people with disabilities to explore options and make decisions about services, benefits, employment, health care, and more
. Minnesota home and community-based waivers -
a program that offers an array of services to support eligible children & adults with disabilities
. Minnesota's Public Health Care Programs Guide

. Minnesota STAR Program - Assistive Technology Resources
. Minnesota Work Incentives Connection
discover the effect work will have on your government benefits, uncovering new choices and opportunities
. Partners in Policymaking
. Program and services available for persons with disabilities through The Disability Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services
. Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC
) -MN managed care program, available for people with disabilities age 18 - 65

. The Arc of the United States

. Angelman Syndrome Foundation

. AutismAfter16 -
Adult autism issues
. Autism NOW:
The National Autism Resource and Information Center
. Autism Society of America
. Autism Society on YouTube
. Autism Speaks
. The Beach Center on Disability

. Benefits for People with Disabilities
. CDC Autism Resources
. CDC Developmental Disabilities Resources
. CDC Disability and Health
. Center for Parent Information and Resources (formerly NICHCY)

. Cerebral Palsy Group
National Autism Center
. National Center on Birth Defects and  Developmental Disabilities
. National Down Syndrome Congress
. National Down Syndrome Society
. National Fragile X Foundation
. Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
. Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center 
. Ticket to Work program -
Social Security’s efforts to help people with disabilities who want to work find and keep a job to reduce or eliminate their need for cash benefits.
. United Cerebral Palsy
. Williams Syndrome Association

Other Resources

. Acronyms
. Education Lingo Every Parent Should Know

. Autism and Sleep - comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, & expert sleep management information
. Autism After 16
- information and analysis of adult autism issues, to try to help adults with ASD and their families make sense of what’s out there. Focus on Transition issues.
. Autism Information & Resources

. Autism Resource Guide
(Part of a blog)
. Autism Safety: A Family Resource Guide
. Autism Teen Years: What To Expect, How To Help
. Autism Treatments
. Autism NOW Webinars
- Archives
. How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids
. Operation Autism for Military Families
. Special Learning.
Inform, Educate and Empower the Autism and Special Needs Community
. Toilet Training Children with Autism Spectrum

Arc@School -
to ensure students with I/DD obtain the special education services they need to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education and/or employment .
. Disability Profiles- a guide to disability categories covered under IDEA
. do2Learn- Educational Supplies,Games & Resources for Special Needs
. Functional Behavior Analysis - more Points to Consider
. Help Me Grow

. IDEA Partnership's Collaborative Work on Autism Spectrum Disorder
. IEP Accommodations and Modifications
. IEP 4 U

.  IEP goal tracker
. IEP Meeting Checklist
. The IEP Process
explained by an Attorney
. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)
. Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies

. Technology in special education classrooms
. Working with Students with Disabilities - resources

Medical information
Booklet on “ Your developing child ” from the NW MN Council of Collaboratives
. FASD information
on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
. Milestone Moments
- milestone checklists and tips to help parents support their child’s development from 2 months to 5 years.
. Oral Health For Children With Special Health Care Needs
- Guide for Family Members/Caregivers and Dental Providers
. Pediatric Health Information for Parents
. Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones
- a checklist of key milestones from 6 months to 4 years and a message for parents about what to do if developmental concerns arise

College of Direct Support
 More than 40 training programs that improve service practices and quality of life outcomes in support of people with disabilities. Free, self-paced and customizable training opportunities for  Minnesota families, people with disabilities, and other community members. More info

. Arc GTC Guides
- helpful info sheets on a wide range of topics.
. Individualized Housing Options Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities
. Social Security and SSI for People with I/DD and Their Families
. Special Education Guide -online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education

Transition & Life after High School
. The Arc’s Center for Future Planning website
. Alternative Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities. A Guide for Forming and Implementing Community Partnerships
. Clay County Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC)
. College Accessibility for Students with Disabilities  - easy access to scholarship resources. 
. ConnectWC - Obligations and opportunities for people with disabilities as they become an adult
. Dakota County CTIC Transition Planning Guide
. Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
. Friends - Connecting people with disabilities and community members
. Financial Planning:
A guide to money management for people with disabilities
. Future Planning 101
. Guideposts for Success
. Guardianship FACS
. Planning for Life After Special Education - Massachusetts Disability Law Center
. Disability Employment Initiative
. Minnesota Secondary Transition Toolkit for Families
A Guide to Preparing Your Child with a Disability for Life Beyond High School
Postsecondary Resource Guide
. Questions to ask when interviewing vocational agencies
. Runestone Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC)
. A Self-Advocate’s Guided Tour through Transition for Parents and other Supporters
. Self-Advocacy Online. website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives.
. Supported and Substitute Decision-Making in Minnesota
. Supported Decision-Making: Planning for Medical Decision-Making
. The Arc: Center for Future Planning
. Transition timeline developed by The Arc of Massachusetts.
. A Transition Travel Guide; Journey to Adulthood. Resources
. Social Networking Safety
-practical scenarios for people with disabilities regarding Internet safety and security
. Social Security and SSI for People with I/DD and Their Families
. Soft Skills for Workplace Success
. Home buying guide
created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members
. Work Benefits Youth

. Articles on Social Well-being
. Assistive Technology - Helpful Links
. Best Activities for Special Needs

. Birth Injury Guide
. Bluefireflies, LLC -
customized learning and specific sensory tools
. Children's Books on Disability
- Listing
. ConnectWC - Resources for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, & their families
. Disability is Natural - a website dedicated to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities
. Downs Designs - proper fitting clothes that fit their unique body shapes and have style as well. Fit at the elbows and knees. Fasteners simple to open and close. more information
. Faith and Inclusion Resources
. Enjoying Halloween With Sensory
. Imagining the Classroom of 2016, Empowered by Wearable Technology

Inclusion through Innovation
. Internet safety
. Sensory Gardens
. Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
A Self-Advocate's Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials
. Spread the Word to End the (R) Word
. Tech Ideas - Summer 2016
. That All May Worship A guide to religion and disability resources on the Internet
. Understanding disabilities - Website for kids
. Toys R Us - Toy Guide for differently -abled kids
. Wrightslaw - information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities


. A Working Life Alliance of Minnesota - employment training and capacity building to increase competitive integrated employment

Local Resources
. Clay County Resource Tool for Early Childhood

. Early Childhood Dental Network and Apple Tree Dental's outreach clinics

. Red River Region Community Dental Access

Q Link Wireless FreePhone provides free wireless phone services for households that are below 135% of Federal poverty limits, and are eligible and receiving benefits under one or more eight public financial assistance programs. Proof of income or visual proof of current program eligibility is required. Eligible households can receive a free wireless phone, no contract or activation fee, with 350 FREE minutes, Unlimited Text/Picture Messaging, plus 500 MB Data.

Internet Basics Inexpensive internet plan for low-income Americans

Project PREP - Tuition stipends available to prepare at least fifty new fully credentialed Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers, whose work will lead to improvements in teaching and child and student outcomes.for qualified students to attend the graduate program in ECSE at MSU, Mankato.

Transportation Directory FM area


Introduction to Special Education

Celebrating 35 Years of IDEA

Special ed success stories start with the basics

Including Samuel Preview

Power Point

Ziggurat Model: 
A Functional Approach to Autism Planning


Congratulations! Your Child Is Strange - a book about Autism by a person with Autism


Autism Gives Woman An 'Alien View' Of Social Brains | Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ

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Updated 10/16/17

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