About Us

People with disabilities represent approximately 20% of Minnesota’s population. As we age, that number will increase. Individuals with disabilities are living longer, more inclusive and more productive lives than ever before. As our population ages, in particular, as the baby boomers age, people will acquire age related disabilities.

Established in 1973 by the state legislature, the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.

Progress has been made in removing barriers but we continue to live in a Minnesota that has barriers for people with disabilities. People with disabilities continue to experience disparity with lack of adequate accessible transportation, housing, as well as physical and programmatic access to public and private facilities. People with disabilities experience disproportionate unemployment and underemployment. MSCOD’s work is critical to advance Minnesota toward removing barriers for people with disabilities.

To accomplish our mission, we concentrate on policy, training and being the state’s premiere disability related technical resource.

Policy

MSCOD advises the governor, state legislature, state agencies and local units of government on issues affecting Minnesotans with disabilities. We analyze legislative initiatives and work with policy makers to ensure they understand the impacts of decisions on Minnesotans with disabilities.

We bring citizens and policy makers together so that people with disabilities have an opportunity to interact with the elected officials. MSCOD’s Annual Legislative Forum, Town Hall Meetings and policy dialogues are all broadcast statewide via video conference and web streaming so constituents are able to easily participate without transportation, economic or access barriers. We partner with statewide disability community groups for an annual Disability Day at the Capitol.

Training

MSCOD provides training to State of Minnesota employees and managers, business leaders and the general public on a variety of subjects:

  • Disability awareness
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Building codes and building accessibility
  • Accessible housing
  • Disability parking
  • Transportation access
  • Employment right

Technical Resource

One of MSCOD’s strengths is keeping Minnesota’s public and private entities in compliance with building code and access requirements; be they commercial, residential, transportation, public right of way, or recreational. MSCOD works with the public and private sector to monitor and advise on disability civil rights, the ADA, building code and access compliance.

Core areas of technical expertise:

  • Understanding of; and compliance issues with the ADA
  • Building Code
  • Disability parking
  • Disability awareness
  • Voting accessibility
  • Emergency preparedness

Additional Information

History and Creation

Founding Statute

Staff

Council

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