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The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology.
The Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota it assists individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals, and have equal opportunities and choices.
Access Resource Network
Accessible Technology Index – ADA.gov
Section of the ADA.gov site related to digital accessibility. Includes information on court cases related to digital accessibility and the ADA, technical assistance for institutions, additional regulations related to digital accessibility, and other federal accessible technology resources.
Building Access Survey
This survey book highlights the code requirements of the Accessibility Chapter of the Minnesota State Building Code. It is designed to be used as an independent tool to determine the level of accessibility of an existing commercial building.
Closing The Gap
Provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Centers for Independent Living
Non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the independent living needs of people with disabilities who are citizens of the State of Minnesota, to develop new resources, identify and provide access to existing resources which provide the services needed by persons with disabilities so that they may live independently in the situation and community of their choice.
A nonprofit organization that provides access to life changing equipment for people with disabilities.
FREEDOM Resource Center
Our mission is to work toward equality and inclusion for people with disabilities through programs of empowerment, community education, and systems change.
Great Lakes ADA Center
ADA Technical Assistance Center, Great Lakes Region. Provides informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology.
Regional organization advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities, providing social opportunities, PCA program, help moving out of nursing homes.
MCIL-Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
Dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives.
Minnesota STAR Program
STAR’s mission is to help ALL MINNESOTANS with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play.
Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP)
Oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States.
Interstate Center for Independent Living promotes independence through services. Options offers: Information and Referral, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Peer Visiting, Community Education, and Outreach. Options has free loaner equipment for persons in need within the counties they serve.
The Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, Inc. which was founded in 1981, is a non profit organization that promotes independence. (SEMCIL)
Center for Independent Living provides services to individuals with a range of disabilities. Individuals, with disabilities, family members, service providers, community organizations, agencies, and businesses turn to SMILES for information and assistance.
The Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL) is a private, non-profit, consumer controlled, non-residential, community based organization whose direction is determined by and for people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Justice – ADA Home Page
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction to alcohol and other drugs, Hazelden (a nonprofit organization) helps people transform their lives by providing the highest quality treatment and continuing care services, education, research, and publishing products available today.
Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota is to improve the lives of all individuals, families and care partners throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s and related diseases by providing leadership, support, education, advocacy and research.
American Association for People with Disabilities
The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
American Association on Health and Disability
AAHD’s mission is to support health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities at the federal, state and local level, reduce the incidence of secondary conditions in people with disabilities, as well as reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
American Diabetes AssociationThe mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public.
American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund provides direct financial assistance to kidney patients in need and education for those with and at risk for kidney disease. The Fund educates kidney patients, their families and the general public about kidney disease-and its prevention and treatment.
American Lung Association of MinnesotaMinnesota Chapter of the ALA. The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.
Amputee Coalition of America
The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives.
Autism Society of Minnesota
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.
Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN)
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) is a public program which seeks to improve the quality of life for children with special health needs and their families.
Cystic FibrosisThe mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
Disability Rights Education and Defense FundThe Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is a non-profit organization focused on enhancing the quality of life of those affected by seizures. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is an affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation.
Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas
Nonprofit organization working to meet the needs and enhance the quality of life for persons who live with hemophilia, related genetic bleeding disorders, and their complications.
Connects youth/young adults with disabilities and their families to community resources in Hennepin County. Works to empower them to strengthen advocacy skills in order to navigate their life plan.
Huntington’s Disease Society of America
National non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for Huntington’s Disease. Provides support, information and educational services to improve the lives of those affected by HD, offers resources and guidance for HD families, and promote and support research to find a cure for HD.
Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota provides educational materials; offers a source of hope, strength, empowerment and comfort; and supports research focused on finding the cause of and cure for lupus.
March of Dimes, Minnesota Chapter
State chapter of the national March of Dimes organization. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Offices are located in Edina, Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, and Mankato.
Minnesota AIDS Project
Mission is to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV and enhance the well-being of those affected. Founded in 1983, the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) is a statewide, nonprofit agency committed to enhancing the lives of people living with HIV, prevention education for those at risk for HIV, and advocating for the rights of all affected by HIV.
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
A nonprofit organization dedicating to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
Muscular Dystrophy AssociationThe Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency – a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.
National Ataxia Foundation
The National Ataxia Foundation is a nonprofit, membership-supported organization established in 1957 to help ataxia families. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education, and research.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity.
National Kidney FoundationThe National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyThe National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports MS research, offers services for people with MS, provides professional education programs and furthers MS advocacy efforts.
National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
Incorporated in 1974, the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation is generating a concerted, organized lay movement to eradicate Reye’s Syndrome. The Foundation is committed to the health and well-being of those who are most at risk.
NF, Inc. is a national, tax-exempt, charitable organization whose mission is to create a community of support for those affected by NF, through education, advocacy, coalitions, and supporting research for treatments and a cure.
Spina Bifida Association
The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) serves the 70,000 adults and children who live with spina bifida. Since 1973, SBAA has served as the nation’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with spina bifida and those whose lives they touch.
United Cerebral PalsyUnited Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.
Closing the Gap
Focuses on assistive technology for children and adults with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, Resource Directory, annual international conference, extensive Web site and on-line service, Solutions.
DREAMMS for Kids, Inc.
DREAMMS for Kids, Inc., is an Assistive Technology information clearinghouse located in the Fingerlakes of New York. Founded by the parents of a child with Down syndrome, DREAMMS is committed to increasing the use of computers, high quality instructional technology, and assistive technologies for students with special needs in schools, homes and the workplace.
Goodwill/Easter Seals offers free loans of medical equipment, for up to six months, to any person with a temporary need. Individuals and health care providers in the community donate this used equipment. Goodwill/Easter Seals repairs, cleans and sanitizes the equipment before each loan.
STAR informs Minnesotans about issues of assistive technology, opens the door to assistive technology for the citizens of Minnesota through state and federal legislation, works with state agencies and builds/maintains community collaborative and communication efforts.
The Star Technology exchange program is a free online service for people looking to donate, sell or buy previously owned assistive technology.
Trace Research and Development Center
The mission of the Trace Center: “To prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible.”
American Council of the Blind
The Council serves as a national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
Teaches the skills that blind people need to become independent and employable such as Braille, home management, the use of the white cane, and computers with screen reading software, etc.
Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
Includes an online student application, information about the school, and resources for students, parents, and alumni.
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Provides a variety of resources and services for Minnesotans who are blind or visually impaired.
National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation’s largest membership organization of blind persons. The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold, to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.
Vision Loss Resources
Vision Loss Resources’ mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired in achieving their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss.
Learn all about the program that provides telecommunications assistance directly to Minnesota’s deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech or mobility impaired citizens. Information on how to participate in these programs.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 118,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
Better Hearing Institute
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. We are working to erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss, show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans, promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved.
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH)
Information on services, office locations, and resources for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Minnesota State Academy for the DeafIncludes an online student application, information about the school, and resources for students, parents, and alumni.
National Association of the Deaf
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
DeafBlind Services Minnesota
DeafBlind Services Minnesota is dedicated to serving deafblind children, adults, and their families throughout the state of Minnesota. DBSM serves over 100 DeafBlind children and adults and their families each year.
Advocating Change Together (ACT)
Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
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.
Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
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.
Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
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 (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
National Association of Developmental Disabilities CouncilsThe 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.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Website
Department of Human Services
The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps people meet their basic needs by providing or administering health care coverage, economic assistance, and a variety of services for children, people with disabilities and older Minnesotans.
DB101 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. You can contact them by phone at 1-866-333-2466. A Live Chat option is available online at https://mn.db101.org/
Disability Linkage Line (no Internet address)
The Disability Linkage Line can be reached statewide by calling toll-free, 1-866-333-2466. An Option Counselor will be available during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m) to provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about their options and connect with the supports and services they choose. There is no wrong call to the Disability Linkage Line. Inquiries include requests for information and referrals on disability benefits programs, home modifications, assistive technology, personal assistance services, transition services, accessible housing, employment, social activities and disability rights.
Senior Linkage Line
“Senior LinkAge Line® is a free telephone information and assistance service, which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services. With a single call, people can find particular services near them or get help evaluating their situation to determine what kind of service might be helpful. For more information call 1-800-333-2433 or visit http://www.tcaging.org/findinghelp/sll.html
Social Security Disability
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. For more information visit: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/
Veterans Linkage Line (no Internet address)
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers the LinkVet call center provided by trained staff. During business hours, MDVA staff will provide information on veterans’ benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration. The line will roll to Crisis Connection counselors for 24-hour, seven days a week coverage (including holidays) for immediate crisis intervention and psychological counseling. For more information call 1-888-546-5838.
Work Incentives Connection
The Work Incentives Connection is a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, serving people with all types of disabilities throughout Minnesota. The Connection provides answers about the impact of work on benefits, so that people with disabilities can see their choices and take advantage of life’s opportunities. This includes promoting policy changes that encourage the employment of people with disabilities. For more information visit http://www.mnworkincentives.com/
Center for Applied Special Technology
CAST is a nonprofit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
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.
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
National Center for Learning Disabilities
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.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS is comprised of the Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS) and three program components: the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
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.
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
American Red Cross
Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery – Minnesota Dept. of Health
The Emergency Preparedness & Response section of the Health Partnerships Division coordinates preparedness activities and assists Minnesota Department of Health staff, local public health agencies, hospitals, health care organizations, tribes and public safety officials in their efforts to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies.
Emergency Preparedness and Response – Centers for Disease Control and Preventation
Saving lives, protecting people, and saving money through prevention.
Pandemic awareness and prevention.
A division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
ADA.gov is the official US Department of Justice website providing information and technical assistance on all aspects of the ADA.
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.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
COSD is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well – known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U. S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
DB101 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.
DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center
The Great Lakes ADA Center’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources.
Disability Linkage Line (no Internet address)
The Disability Linkage Line is an information and referral service for people with disabilities and can be reached statewide by calling 1-866-333-2466. Staff is available to provide one-to-one assistance to help people learn about their options and connect with the supports and services they choose.
DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)
Earn supports employment in recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities through confidential, no cost consultation and technical assistance, customized training, online resources and links to state and local resources.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN’s consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.
Lifetrack Resources serves three program areas in the Twin Cities area: Rehabilitation Therapies, Early Childhood and Family Services, and Employment Services.
Midwest Special Services, Inc.
Provides vocational and day training services for adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. DT&H program is based at five different twin cities locations. Other employment services include job placement and training programs.
Minnesota Business Leadership Network
The Minnesota Business Leadership Network (BLN) is an employer-led endeavor that promotes best employment practices and enhances competitive employment opportunities for skilled candidates with disabilities.
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
DEED facilitates an economic environment to produce jobs and improve the quality of the state’s workforce. These actions support the economic success of Minnesota individuals, businesses, and communities by providing opportunities for growth.
National Organization on Disability
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Pathways to Employment
Pathways to Employment brings together employers, businesses, government and service providers to help increase competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to meet state workforce needs.
Opportunity Partners provides personalized employment, housing and educational opportunities to 1,300 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury, autism and other special needs.
Project C3 – Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers
Project C3 is a partnership between several organizations who offer many different kinds of services to youth and young adults. The Project’s goal is to help young adults in transition become successfully employed or to continue their education in high school, colleges or universities.
Resource, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, United Way agency that helps people change their lives in important ways. Assistance is provided to people who are unemployed, underemployed, or in transition to employment. Additional programs assist individuals in dealing with chemical dependency, and helping individuals with mental illness live independently in the community.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities to achieve their employment and independent living goals. These services are available through Minnesota WorkForce Centers across the state. Includes resources for vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and more.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Abbott Northwestern Hospital is the largest not-for-profit hospital in the Twin Cities area. Each year, the hospital provides comprehensive health care for more than 200,000 patients and their families from the Twin Cities area and throughout the Upper Midwest.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with the states to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for persons affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia by promoting public awareness, providing support services and funding medical research.
Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally.
At www.healthcare.gov, the government provides helpful information about health care reform. The site offers help finding insurance options, guidelines on prevention, a web tool for comparing hospitals, and an explanation of health care reform.
International Center for the Disabled
ICD provides comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services for people with a broad range of treatment needs. A full-service diagnostic and treatment center, ICD offers physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, and vocational rehabilitation.
Partners in Community Supports (PICS)
An unlicensed service option for people who receive home and community-based services. CDCS provides a person with support, care, and assistance that prevents institutionalization and allows a more inclusive community life.
Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Twin Cities
The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children/Twin Cities is a leading upper Midwest children’s hospital providing high quality pediatric orthopaedic care. Located on the east side of the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the hospital is a short term, 40-bed facility that combines quality medical care with innovative education and research.
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers rehabilitative services at five Allina hospitals – Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley, Mercy in Coon Rapids and Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo. Outpatient care is provided at 18 community-based Sister Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy Centers.
St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Health System
Twenty clinics, hospitals and specialty care facilities located in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, provide primary care, rehabilitation, specialty services and medical technology.
Universal access is effectively used in housing design and construction. For additional information on universal access, go to: Universal Design: What Is It and Why You Should Care and Universal Design – Institute for Human Centered Design
Accessible Space, Inc.
Provides accessible, affordable housing, supportive living opportunities and rehabilitation services for adults with physical disabilities and brain injuries, as well as seniors.
Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM)
ARRM leads the advancement of community-based services that support people with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives. Founded in 1970 by a group of private providers, ARRM is a network of 130 providers supporting over 30,000 people with disabilities.
Center for Universal Design
The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.
The Design Linc
Since 1995 The Design Linc has provided resources and information specifically geared toward people with disabilities and special design needs, as well as those involved in their care.
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
State agency charged with making Minnesota discrimination free. Resources for citizens, employers, and attorneys, with detailed information on the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
A disability resource directory of products and services for the physically challenged, elderly, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Includes information on accessible housing, medical equipment, accessible vehicles, and more.
Connection to online resources from the Federal Government for people with disabilities.
Inclusion Daily Express
Your quick, once-a-day look at disability rights, self-determination and the movement toward full community inclusion around the world.
Internet Resource for Special Children
The IRSC is a nonprofit website, which has been providing parents, educators, medical professionals, and caregivers with information regarding children with disabilities and other health-related disorders since 1996.
This site was developed to help you find information about recreation and leisure activities, services, advocacy, and other useful things about life in Minnesota. Life Pages offers information for Minnesotans of all ages and abilities who want to enrich their leisure lifestyle as well as their connections to the greater community
MinnesotaHelp.infoThis site is designed for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and families. The network will provide information to individuals, families, and caregivers who need personalized assistance to find and access the long-term care services they need. This service is available free of charge.
Minnesota State Interagency Committee (MnSIC)Provides information and resources to anyone involved with the design and implementation of an interagency coordinated system for delivering services to children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 and their families.
National Health Information Center
The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
National Organization on Disability
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Special Education Resources on the Internet
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location.
World Institute on DisabilityThe World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. WID’s work focuses on four areas: employment and economic development; accessible health care and Personal Assistance Services; inclusive technology design; and international disability and development.
LawHelp Minnesota DisabilityLawHelpMN.org provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations. Disability topics include ADA, Medicare, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, and more.
Hennepin County Bar Association Attorney Referral Services
Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota
Nonprofit corporation that provides free legal advice and representation to low income people who live in Northeastern Minnesota.
Legal Information Institute: Disability Law Information
Database of legal information maintained by Cornell University. Disability section includes broad overview of ADA and disability policy, with links to specific government statutes.
Minnesota Disability Law Center
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.
Disability Law Center
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.
Find your State Legislator
Find your state and national legislators as well as links to their websites
MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations of persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Minnesota House of Representatives
The official site of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Minnesota House of Representatives Information
Provides information about the Minnesota House of Representatives, its members, and laws.
The official site of the Minnesota state Senate.
Minnesota Senate Information
Provides information about the Minnesota Senate, its members, and laws.
My Bill Tracker
Allows you to create a personalized legislative bill tracker with email notifications.
National Council on Disability
An independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting the 54 million Americans with disabilities.
Office of the Revisor of Statutes
Since its founding in 1939, the office has served as the compiler of Minnesota Statutes and is the official publisher of Minnesota Statutes, Laws, and Rules.
Is a non-partisan publication reporting on legislative action at the MN House of Representatives.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Human Development CenterThe Human Development Center (HDC) is a private, non-profit agency established in 1938. It provides comprehensive mental health services to residents of Carlton, Cook, Lake and southern St. Louis counties.
Mental Health Association of Minnesota
Nonprofit agency that responds to the needs of individuals with mental illnesses, and their family members. Offers individual advocacy case services, community support referrals, educational materials, workshops and community presentations, Best Mental Health Practices in the Workplace, suicide prevention training, family support groups, and public policy advocacy.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Minnesota
Minnesota chapter of NAMI – Advocates justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illness.
Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesThe ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice or impersonal delivery of services.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
Camphill Village Minnesota
Camphill Village Minnesota is an intentional community of approximately 60 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is an independent spiritual being.
Capable Partners, Inc.
Twin Cities based non-profit organization of sport persons whose mission is to volunteer their time and talents to provide hunting, fishing, and related opportunities for the physically challenged.
CLIMB Theater Company
An educational touring children’s theatre company based in Minnesota. Performances teach young people to respect each other, themselves, and their environment.
Confidence Learning Center
Confidence Learning Center, often referred to as Camp Confidence, is a year-round center for persons with developmental disabilities. Specializing in recreation and outdoor education, the Confidence Learning Center serves persons of all ages and abilities.
Flying Wheels Travel, Inc
Full service travel agency specializing in travel for people with disabilities since 1970. Serves customers all over the US and provides assistance for travel destinations worldwide.
Minnesota DNR Open the Outdoors ProgramInformation on access to state parks, trails, and other outdoor resources, as well as hunting and fishing licenses for people with disabilities.
Special Olympics Minnesota
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.
True is a non-profit agency that creates unique educational, recreational and social opportunities for people of all ages with mental and physical developmental disabilities.
VSA Arts Minnesota
VSA arts of Minnesota promotes quality, accessible arts experiences for people with all types of disabilities. In addition, V S A arts of Minnesota emulates the mission of the V S A arts national & international organization which “Promotes arts, education, and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all”.
We Can Ride, Inc.The We Can Ride program, founded in 1982, offers therapeutic horseback riding and cart driving to disabled children and adults. We Can Ride is an accredited, nonprofit, tax-exempt member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). We Can Ride follows strict operating standards to provide reputable, safe, and enjoyable therapeutic riding.
Wheelchair Accessible Cruises
Cruise travel agency specializing in travel for seniors and people with disabilities. Affiliated with Connie George Travel, Inc.
Wilderness InquiryWilderness 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.
Vinland is a Minnesota-based rehabilitation center which offers services in three distinct service areas: vocational rehabilitation; inclusive community programs; and, for people with cognitive disabilities, specially adapted chemical dependency treatment.
Helping PawsHelping Paws is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the independence of people with physical disabilities (other than blindness or deafness) through the use of service dogs.
SPINAL CORD INJURY
Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource CenterThe Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a program of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF), was created in 2002 to provide a comprehensive, national source of information for people living with paralysis and their caregivers to promote health, foster involvement in the community, and improve quality of life.
Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaThe Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members- veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Spinal Cord SocietySCS is a large grass roots organization linked by over 200 chapters, a monthly Newsletter, and thousands of members throughout North America and 24 other countries. Its goal is cure of spinal cord injury paralysis. It is an organization of the spinal cord injured, their families and friends, and dedicated scientists and physicians who are aiming at the ultimate goal of cure through improved treatment and research.
United Spinal Association
United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries to help enable members, as well as others with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives.
For information on Minnesota tax rebates for people with disabilities visit: Taxpayers with Disabilities (PDF). For information on tax credits for businesses who hire people with disabilities visit: Tax Credits
Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center
The Great Lakes ADA and Accessible IT Center staffs a toll-free information line and provides informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessible Information Technology for educational entities. The center’s Technical Assistance Specialists can answer most questions you have immediately and will research and return your call on complex questions if necessary.
Institute on Community Integration
Located at the University of Minnesota, ICI’s mission is to improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families. Conducts research and provides professional training and technical assistance.
National Association of ADA CoordinatorsThe National Association of ADA Coordinators (NAADAC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by a group of public and private sector professionals, who saw a need to educate entities regarding both the requirements and the opportunities of the ADA.
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
Large online database with information on a wide array of topics, including assistive technology, employment, technical assistance, and universal design.
National Dissemination Center for Children with DisabilitiesWe are the center that provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation’s special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation’s general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. The center is one of nine national facilities that includes a Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Center and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Metro Mobility is 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.
The public transportation provider in the seven county metro.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a website dedicated to discussing transit coordination in Minnesota.
Transit Office at Department of Transportation
The Transit Office at Department of Transportation coordinates transit in Greater MN.
Transportation – Disability Minnesota
Transportation resources provided by Disability Minnesota.
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
Performs research to improve transportation services.