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Resources for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Metro Resource Locations and Statewide Organizations

Access Ability, Inc.
Serves a diverse community of people, all of whom face barriers to sustainable employment and community inclusion. These barriers include disabilities, homelessness, prior involvement in the criminal justice system, and limited English literacy. By partnering with businesses and organizations throughout the Twin Cities, we are able to provide programs and services which help people remain on a path to self-sufficiency.
360 Hoover Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413-2940
(612) 331-5958
http://www.accessability.org/#!aboutus/cfvg

Access Project
Assists adults with disabilities participate in community education through West St. Paul School District #197. 
Three locations.
(651) 403-8313
http://www.tridistrictce.org/page/2537

ACT-Advocating Change Together
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.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-S
St. Paul, MN  55104
(651) 641-0297
(800) 641-0059
http://selfadvocacy.org

ARC
Offers support and advocacy services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 
2446 University Ave. W. Suite 110
St. Paul, MN  55114. 
(952) 920-0855
http://www.arcgreatertwincities.org/

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.
(651) 291-1086
(800) 551-2211
http://www.arrm.org/ARRM/Home/ARRM/Home.aspx

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).
2380 Wycliff Street #102
St. Paul, MN  55114
(651) 647-1083
http://www.ausm.org

Bethel University
Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD)-is a two-year post-secondary, residential program for students with intellectual disabilities aged 18-25 years old.  
651-638-6804
https://www.bethel.edu/academics/build/fact-sheet.pdf

Centers for Independent Living Minnesota
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. Eight locations throughout the state.
http://www.macil.org

Community Bridge
Program for adults with developmental cognitive disabilities through the North St. Paul School District #622. 
1945 Manton Street
Maplewood, MN  55109
(651) 748-7630
http://www.isd622.org/communitybridge

Community Connections Partnership (CCP)
A non-profit organization serving Minneapolis/St Paul metro area providing support to adults with intellectual (developmental) disabilities.  They specialize in employment, skill development and recreation opportunities.  
http://www.comconpar.com/

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.
1620 Mary Fawcett Memorial Drive West
East Gull Lake, MN  56401

(218) 828-2344
http://www.campconfidence.com

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.
http://www.ddrcco.com

Disability Hub Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Human Services strives to help people live as independently as possible so they can continue to be a part of the communities in which they live.
https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-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.
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN  55114
(651) 603-0720
http://www.dsamn.org

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.
http://askearn.org

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.
http://www.freedomrc.org

Healing Resources for Refugees
This website offers a database of information about services, programs, activities and places that can help a refugee when he/she has emotional, psychological or spiritual healing needs.  Therapists provide services in many different languages.
http://www.mnchurches.org/refugee/healing/?cat=6

Institute on Community Integration
Located at the University of Minnesota, ICIs 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.

102 Pattee Hall

150 Pillsbury Dr. SE

Minneapolis, MN  55455

(612) 624-6300

https://ici.umn.edu/

Interact
Integrates arts and social services, creating a space where adults with disabilities can use their creative talents in theater and visual arts.  “We focus on the possibilities, and not the disabilities.”  
1860 Minnehaha Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN  55104
(651) 209-3575
www.interactcenter.com  

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.
https://askjan.org

Lifetrack Resources
Lifetrack Resources serves three program areas in the Twin Cities area: Rehabilitation Therapies, Early Childhood and Family Services, and Employment Services.  Various locations.
http://www.lifetrack-mn.org/employmentservices/disabilities

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.
530 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 646-8342
http://www.mcil-mn.org

Midwest Special Services Inc.
Provides vocational and day training services for adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. Day Training and Habilitation services is based at five different twin cities locations. Other employment services include job placement and training programs.  Six locations.
http://www.mwsservices.org

Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities
MACOPD is a citizen based education and advocacy group formed to expand opportunities for all children and adults with disabilities throughout Minneapolis, without regard to disability or other protected class status. Additionally, we advocate for policies and programs that promote the independence of persons with disabilities and protect their right to fully participate in society.
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 Fifth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55401
(612) 673-3969
http://minneapolismn.gov/ncr/boards/macopd/index.htm

Minnesota Disability Law Center
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is the designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for Minnesota and addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities. All individuals with disabilities are eligible to receive help, regardless of age or income level.  Several locations throughout the state.
http://mylegalaid.org/about/our-work/disability-law

MinnesotaHelp
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.
(866) 333-2466
https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Home

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.
http://mn.gov/mnddc/resources/links.htm

Minnesota Life College
Minnesota Life College (MLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). MLC has remained dedicated to helping students make successful transitions towards independent living and financial self-sufficiency since 1996. Students learn in their own apartments, at the grocery store, in the workplace, at restaurants, and on public transportation—any practical environment where real life skills are needed. Located in Richfield, Minnesota. Mission is to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by the autism spectrum and learning differences. Vision is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum and with learning differences thrive and are valued.
https://www.minnesotalifecollege.org/about-us.html   

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)
Established in 1973 by the state legislature, the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.
121 East Seventh Place, Suite 107
St. Paul, MN  55101
(651) 361-7800 (V/TTY)
http://www.disability.state.mn.us/resources/disability-resources/by-topic/

Opportunity Partners
Provides adults with disabilities job training, employment and residential support to live more independent lives.
5500 Opportunity Court
Minnetonka, MN  55343
(952) 938-5511
http://opportunities.org/

PACER Center
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.  Children up to 21 years old.
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN  55437
(952) 838-9000
(800) 537-2237
http://www.pacer.org

Project Power (also called The Adults with Special Needs program)
Provides specialized classes for adults with disabilities that include educational, recreational and social activities through Anoka-Hennepin School District. 
2727 N. Ferry Street
Anoka, MN  55303
(763) 506-1279
www.anoka.k12.mn.us

Project SOAR
A Community Education program, supported by the Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata School Districts. However, you don’t have to live in those areas, to participate in the program. 
Project SOAR supports adults with disabilities by providing specialized classes and inclusion services, including life skills. 
4584 Vine Hill Road
Deephaven, MN  55331
(952) 401-6898
http://projectsoarmn.org/

Reach for Resources
Reach for Resources, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disabilities and mental illness to reach their full potential. They do this by providing individualized services that maximize independence, promote community involvement, and improve physical and mental well-being.
5900 Green Oak Drive, Suite 204
Minnetonka, MN  55343
(952) 200-3030

http://www.reachforresources.org/#!history/c1uvj

St. Cloud Community Education District 742
Project Challenge - Adults with Special Needs
Provides specially designed Community Education programs for anyone 16 years of age or older with a disability. We aspire to provide classes that foster independence and personal growth, teach basic living skills, as well as opportunities to spend time with friends by offering recreational and social opportunities.  Also provides accommodations to persons with disabilities to enable all to participate in traditional Community Education classes.
(320) 257-3822

https://www.isd742.org/domain/487

St. Paul Community Education
There are two programs offered through community education: 
Community Cultural Center/Culture Club located at 1790 Seventh Street W. and CLEAR (Community Leisure, Education and Recreation) located at 360 Colborne Street, for adults with developmental disabilities. 
St Paul, MN  55116
(651) 228-3655
http://www.spps.org/domain/10132

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.
332 Minnesota Street
Suite E200
St. Paul, MN  55101
http://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/disabilities/

VSA Arts 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 and 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 Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN  55403
(612) 332-3888
(800) 802-3883
http://vsamn.org

Windows of Opportunity
A Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education program that provides recreation, education and support activities for adults with physical, neurological and/or developmental disabilities, age 16 and up. 
(763) 504-6990
http://www.rdale.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=230357&pageId=5934346

Statewide Resource Locations

Access North
Serves the ten counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.
Brainerd/Aitkin/Walker Support Groups (218) 824-5228 http://www.disabilitylink.net/Brainerd_Aitkin_Walker_Support_Groups.html
Duluth Independent Living Skills Classes/Support Groups (888) 625-1401 V/TTY (218) 625-1400 http://www.disabilitylink.net/Duluth_Independent_Living_Skills_Classes.html
Grand Rapids Support Groups (800) 390-3681 V/TTY (218) 262-6675 http://www.disabilitylink.net/Grand_Rapids_Support_Groups.html
Hibbing Independent Living Skills Classes/Support Groups (800) 390-3681 V/TTY (218) 262-6675
Virginia Support Groups (800) 390-3681 V/TTY (218) 262-6675 http://www.disabilitylink.net/Virginia_Support_Groups.html

Brainerd Community Education, Brainerd Public Schools
Insight for Adults with Disabilities
(218) 454-6924
https://brainerdce.ss12.sharpschool.com/adult/insight/

Camphill Village Minnesota
Camphill Village Minnesota is an intentional community of approximately 50 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is an independent spiritual being.
15136 Celtic Drive
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
(320) 732-6365
http://www.camphillvillage-minnesota.org  

Hastings Community Education
Adults with Disabilities
Club Happenings provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to enjoy activities designed especially for them.
(651) 480-7670
https://hastingscommunityed.com/adults/adults-with-disabilities/

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools
Opening Doors for Adults with Disabilities
(320) 543-4670
http://www.hlww.k12.mn.us/opening-doors-for-adults-with-disabilities

International Falls ISD #361
People, Able, Learning and Social (PALS) is a social and recreational program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Events typically include:  arts and crafts, music and theater, cooking, games, dances, field trips, swimming.  If living within the city limits, transportation to the program is available.  
(218) 283-2571, Ext. 187
http://www.isd361.k12.mn.us/comed

Little Falls Community Services
This program supports adults with disabilities who are 16 and older in the Little Falls and surrounding areas, which is accomplished through specialized classes and inclusion support. A variety of classes, dances, and special events designed for adults with developmental disabilities are available throughout the year.
(320) 632-7938
https://lfalls.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/home/

Mankato Community Education and Recreation
Adults with Disabilities ACCESS
The ACCESS program promotes growth and life enrichment for people with disabilities through cooperative community efforts, while allowing individuals to participate as fully and independently as possible in all Community Education and Recreation programs, activities and events.
(507) 387-5501
http://www.mankatocer.com/page/3053

Mankato - Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)
Education, recreation and healthy living opportunities for those with disabilities.
929 North 4th Street
Mankato, MN, 56001-3324
(507) 387-5122
https://www.mankatoleep.org/

Mankato - SMILES Office
Provides a wide array of services that assist individuals with disabilities that live independently, pursue meaningful goals, and enjoy the same opportunities and choices as all persons.
709 S Front Street, Suite 7
Mankato, MN, 56001-3887
(507) 345-7139
http://smilescil.org/about/our-mission/

Moorhead - The ARC Minnesota, Inc.
The Arc Minnesota provides information and assistance, personal advocacy, and public policy leadership.
810 4th Ave S, Suite 134
Moorhead, MN, 56560-2800
(218) 233-5949
http://www.arcwestcentral.org/

New Ulm/Brown County
Adapted Recreational Activities
Social/recreation activities for adults and children with physical and/or developmental disabilities.
600 North German Street
New Ulm, MN, 56073-1673
(507) 217-0383
http://nuars.org/

Northfield Public Schools
Project Able
Project ABLE (Achieving a Better Life through Education) provides social, recreational and educational programming to adults with differential cognitive, physical and social abilities. The program is operated as a consortium between Northfield Public Schools and Faribault Public Schools.
(507) 664-3649
https://northfieldschools.org/communityservices/project-able/

Rochester:

Rochester Community Education
Adults with Exceptional Abilities
Offers adaptive classes and activities for adults with disabilities, from cooking, crafts, fitness and music.
(507) 328-4000
http://www.rochesterce.org/enrichment/adults_with_exceptional_abilities

Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living
Provides disability independent living services and community support.
2200 2nd Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 285-1815
https://www.semcil.org/about-us/

Bear Creek Services
Provides independent life skills and recreational activities.
3108 Hwy 52 North
Rochester, MN
(507) 288-7195
http://www.bearcreekservices.org/programs.php

Olmsted County Disability Services
Assessment and services for individuals with disabilities.
(507) 328-6519
https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/AFS/dda/Pages/default.aspx

PossAbilities
Creates opportunities for adults with disabilities to contribute to and connect with the community with employment services, life enrichment and recreational services.
(507) 281-6116
1808 3rd Avenue SE
Rochester, MN  55904
https://www.possabilities.org/

St. Cloud Community Education District 742
Project Challenge - Adults with Special Needs
Provides specially designed Community Education programs for anyone 16 years of age or older with a disability. We aspire to provide classes that foster independence and personal growth, teach basic living skills, as well as opportunities to spend time with friends by offering recreational and social opportunities. Also provides accommodations to persons with disabilities to enable all to participate in traditional Community Education classes.
(320) 257-3822
https://www.isd742.org/domain/487 

St. Croix River Education District
We 'R' Able
Serving adults with disabilities ages 14 and up (and the general public) in the school districts of Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, and Chisago Lakes.
(320) 358-1201
http://www.scred.k12.mn.us/community_programs/we_r_able


True Friends
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.
10509 - 108th Street NW
Annandale, MN 55302
(952) 852-0101
(800) 450-8376
http://truefriends.org

WACOSA Day Training and Habilitation
Day program for adults with developmental disabilities - programs may include help learning work and life skills, employment services, and support to stay safe and healthy.
Business Office and Thrift Store
310 Sundial Drive
Waite Park, MN  56387
(320) 251-0087
https://wacosa.org/

Sauk Centre
712 Lincoln Loop
Sauk Centre, MN  56378
(320) 352-6759

Waite Park
320 Sundial Drive
Waite Park, MN  56387
(320) 257-0087

Winona - Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living
Provides disability independent living services and community support.
902 E 2nd Street #311
Winona, MN 55987
(507) 452-1815
https://www.semcil.org/about-us/



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