Here you will find links to external accessibility resources and other organizations listed alphabetically. Links to external resources are also listed by topic. For information produced by the Minnesota Council on Disability, visit Information and Assistance.
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.
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.
Access North is 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 Press strives to be the predominant source of independent, comprehensive news and information that enlightens, empowers and improves the quality of life of people living with or associated with all forms of disability throughout the upper Midwest.
Accessibility for People with Disabilities | Facebook
Facebook is committed to creating a great experience for all people. Learn about the built-in features and technologies that help people with disabilities, like vision loss and deafness, to get the most out of Facebook.
Accessibility settings – YouTube Help
Help Guide for using YouTube’s accessibility features.
Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment
A number of research publications and federal reports document physical access barriers involving medical diagnostic equipment. This factsheet aims to inform health care providers about the laws and technical criteria that apply to accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE), in order to improve accessibility of MDE.
Information to make meetings and presentations accessible. Guidelines and resources to help ensure that anyone can effectively participate in your meetings.
Accessible Outdoors – Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)
Information on access to state parks, trails, and other outdoor resources, as well as hunting and fishing licenses for people with disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
American Diabetes Association
The 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 Association
The 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 Minnesota
Minnesota Chapter of the ALA. The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.
American Red Cross
Official Website of the American Red Cross.
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.
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.
Arc of Minnesota
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.
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.
Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota
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.
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.
Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms
An educational site that offers support for mothers living with autoimmune diseases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building Access Short Survey (Word)
The Building Access Short Survey identifies the most common areas of a public accommodation that might require readily achievable barrier removal. Please consult the full Building Access Survey on this website for access information not covered by the Short Survey.
Building Access Survey (Word)
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.
Business Leadership Network
The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace.
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 sportpersons whose mission is to volunteer their time and talents to provide hunting, fishing, and related opportunities for the physically challenged.
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.
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.
Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Dedicated to making environments and products more usable, safer and healthier in response to the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
Center for Parent Information & Resources
Your central hub of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.
Center for Transportation Studies – University of Minnesota
The Center for Transportation Studies is the hub for transportation research and education at the University of Minnesota. It supports research in many disciplines, cultivates the transportation workforce, and shares new thinking with various stakeholders and audiences.
Center for Universal Design
The Center for Universal Design—an initiative of the College of Design—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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats—both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, result from human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
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.
Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN)
Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) is a public program that seeks to improve the quality of life for children with special health needs and their families.
Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communication Services – SSB
The Communication Center in the Minnesota State Services for the Blind provides books, newspapers, magazines and other printed materials in alternate formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or who have other disabilities that make it difficult for them to read print. The services help people stay informed, in-touch with their communities, entertained, and to meet their education and employment goals. Services are provided to anyone with a qualifying visual or physical disability.
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.
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.
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
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.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The 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.
DeafBlind Services Minnesota
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.
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.
Disability Benefits 101
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.
Disability Hub MN
Disability Hub MN (formerly Disability Linkage Line) is a free statewide resource network that helps people with disabilities solve problems, navigate the system and plan for their future. Discover options and tools for managing health, benefits, work, housing and more.
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 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.
Connection to online resources from the Federal Government for people with disabilities.
Disability Viewpoints – CTV
A monthly TV show dedicated to highlighting the abilities of those living with a disability—from the latest in assistive technology to local and national legislative updates.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
The 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.
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.
DREAMMS for Kids, Inc.
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.
Easy Access Adventures
Full-service travel agency specializing in travel for seniors and people with disabilities. Affiliated with Connie George Travel, Inc.
Electronic Documents – Office of Accessibility
User guides, training and testing information to help you create accessible Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF documents.
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.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (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.
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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.
A nonprofit organization that provides access to life-changing equipment for people with disabilities.
Executive Order 14-14, Providing for Increased State Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
Executive Order 14-14 tasks Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) with developing best practices for the recruitment and retention for individuals with disabilities. The strategies developed are to ensure that state employment of individuals with disabilities reaches its goal of 7%.
Find Your State Legislator
Find your state and national legislators. Includes links to their websites.
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.
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
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. Provides guidance on the ADA and accessible information technology for the Great Lakes Region: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
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.
At 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.
Helping 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.
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 and 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.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management helps Minnesotans prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and works to keep Minnesota secure from acts of terrorism.
Online directory of affordable rental housing.
Human Development Center
The 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.
Huntington’s Disease Society of America
National non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for Huntington’s Disease (HD). 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.
Inclusion Daily Express
Your quick, once-a-day look at disability rights, self-determination and the movement toward full community inclusion around the world.
Influenza (Flu) – CDC
Information on understanding and preventing the spread of flu viruses. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
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.
JustUs Health MN
JustUs Health envisions a Minnesota where people from diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments.
Labor Standards – Department of Labor and Industry
Labor Standards protects the rights of workers and educates employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under Minnesota employment laws. Topics include wage theft, pregnancy and parental leave, nursing mothers, youth rules (including minimum wage), and more.
LawHelp Minnesota Disability
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.
Lawyer Referral Directory
Find a lawyer through the Minnesota State Bar Association Attorney referral service.
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 a broad overview of ADA and disability policy, with links to specific government statutes.
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.
Lifetrack Resources serves three program areas in the Twin Cities area: Rehabilitation Therapies, Early Childhood and Family Services, and Employment Services.
Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
Fostering Independent and Vibrant Lives for Individuals with Vision Loss. Vision loss does not have to stand in the way of the life you want to live – help is available. If you or someone you love has low vision or blindness, know that you are not alone.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers the LinkVet call center (formerly Veteran Linkage Line) 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.
Lupus Link 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
The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy.
Mental Health 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.
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 area.
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
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.
Midwest Special Services, Inc.
Provides vocational and day training services for adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. The Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) program is based at five different twin cities locations. Other employment services include job placement and training programs.
Military Veteran Benefits Options – National Council for Aging Care
From the beginning, we have served as a resource to help seniors and their families learn more about the specifics of planning for their later years. If you’re a veteran approaching retirement age, you should be aware of a host of other resources waiting to assist you as you leave the working world.
Minnesota Association of 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.
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
A nonprofit organization dedicating to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
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 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division – DHS
This divisaion of the Department of Human Services provides services and information to help Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families.
Minnesota 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.
Minnesota Department of Health
Protecting, maintaining, and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
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.
Minnesota Department of Human Services – People with Disabilities
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.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Our mission is to plan, build, operate and maintain a safe, accessible, efficient and reliable multimodal transportation system that connects people to destinations and markets throughout the state, regionally and around the world.
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 for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Minnesota Guide to Assistive Technology
Assistive technology (AT) helps people of all ages with disabilities, including older adults with functional needs, increase, maintain, and improve independence at home, school, work, and in their communities. The purpose of this site is to increase awareness of assistive technology and provide information to help with the consideration, selection, and use of assistive technology whenever and wherever it will be used.
This 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 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.
Learn all about the program that provides telecommunications assistance directly to Minnesota’s deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech or mobility impaired citizens.
The official site of the Minnesota state Senate.
Minnesota Senate Information
Provides information about the Minnesota Senate, its members, and laws.
Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan
The Olmstead Plan is a broad series of key activities our state must accomplish to ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The Plan will help achieve a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, because it will help Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity, both now and in the future to: live close to their family and friends; live more independently; engage in productive employment; and participate in community life.
Minnesota STAR Program
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 and maintains community collaborative and communication efforts.
Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
The Minnesota State Academies exist to provide an accessible, standards-based education for students who are blind, including those with additional disabilities for success in an ever-changing world.
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
The Minnesota State Academies exist to provide an accessible, standards-based education for students who are deaf, including those with additional disabilities for success in an ever-changing world.
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.
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Provides a variety of resources and services for Minnesotans who are blind or visually impaired.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The 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.
Consumers who earn $57,000 or less can file their taxes for free online. The site provides accessible multilingual content (in English and Spanish) with specific content sections that guides users to file their taxes online through an easy-to-understand step-by-step process. The site is designed so that anyone, regardless of age, educational background, or digital literacy level can comfortably file his or her taxes online.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Minnesota
Minnesota chapter of NAMI – Advocates justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illness.
National Association of ADA Coordinators
The 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 Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
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.
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 Kidney Foundation
The 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 Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, National Library Service administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports multiple sclerosis (MS) research, offers services for people with MS, provides professional education programs and furthers MS advocacy efforts.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.
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.
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.
Neurofibromatosis, Inc. is a national, tax-exempt, charitable organization whose mission is to create a community of support for those affected by neurofibromatosis, through education, advocacy, coalitions, and supporting research for treatments and a cure.
Office of Accessibility – MN.IT Services
Minnesota state agencies seeking guidance on accessibility requirements can find what they need here. Topics include electronic documents, IT procurement, meetings, multimedia, websites and applications, IT accessibility standards, and social media.
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.
Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Dept. of Labor’s 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.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 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).
Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
The Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities is an independent state agency responsible for “[p]romoting the highest attainable standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance in children.”
Opportunity Partners provides personalized employment, housing and educational opportunities to 1,300 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury, autism and other special needs.
Outlook 2013 & 2016: Creating Accessible Emails (PDF)
Email is an important communication tool for most of us. One of the unknown factors about email is that we never know who the final recipients of our messages may be. Therefore, we want to be sure that our emails can be read by anyone, including people with disabilities.
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.
Partners in Community Supports (PICS)
An unlicensed service option for people who receive home and community-based services. Consumer-directed community supports provide a person with support, care, and assistance that prevents institutionalization and allows a more inclusive community life.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The 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.
PDF Accessibility Overview – Adobe
This guide details what is meant by accessibility in the PDF file format. It distinguishes between the accessibility features of the file format, of Adobe Acrobat DC and of the Adobe Acrobat Reader application, and how the features of the software and the file format interact to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities.
Practical Guide to Universal Home Design
This guide shows essential ways to adapt your home for greater accessibility with limited resources. Most of these features are low-cost and do not require any changes to the structure of your home. The guide also lists additional, non-essential ways to modify each room to make it even more livable.
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.
Senior Linkage Line
Senior LinkAge Line® is a free telephone information and assistance service that 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.
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and many partners are working together on initiatives and activities as part of the state plan to prevent sexual violence in Minnesota. For more information call 651-201-5410.
Shriner’s Hospital for Children
The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children is a leading children’s hospital providing high quality pediatric orthopedic care.
Social Security – Benefits for People with Disabilities
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities.
Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL)
The Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, Inc., which was founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization that promotes independence.
Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL)
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.
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.
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.
Spinal Cord Society
The Spinal Cord Society 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.
St. Mary’s Medical Center (Duluth)
Trust Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, for compassionate, specialized care. We’re northern Minnesota’s largest hospital, with 380 beds to care for you and your loved ones. Whether the unexpected happens or you need a planned medical procedure, we’re here for you.
STAR Technology Exchange Program
The STAR Technology exchange program is a free online service for people looking to donate, sell or buy previously-owned assistive technology.
The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Founded in 1971, Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability, known for high-impact research and development.
Transit in Minnesota – Department of Transportation
Transit provides alternatives to driving alone and allows people to reduce their energy consumption, live independently and participate fully in Minnesota’s communities and economy.
True Friends is a non-profit agency that creates unique educational, recreational and social opportunities for people of all ages with mental and physical developmental disabilities.
Twitter Accessibility (@TwitterA11y)
Dedicated to making Twitter as inclusive as possible.
United Cerebral Palsy
United 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.
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.
Since 1990, Vinland Center has been providing drug and alcohol addiction treatment for individuals with brain injuries and cognitive impairments. Our highly trained staff can meet the needs of individuals with substance addictions, mental health issues, and cognitive impairments.
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.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational 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.
VSA Arts Minnesota
VSA Arts of Minnesota promotes quality, accessible arts experiences for people with all types of disabilities. In addition, VSA arts of Minnesota emulates the mission of the VSA 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Institute on Disability (WID)
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.