"The Arc of West Central Minnesota has always been a top notch organization with top notch people! The Arc has always been there for us as a resource, family connector, and support group backbone! We can always count on the Arc! Diane Brendemuhl, parent
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc Minnesota for information and assistance, personal advocacy, and public policy leadership to create a good life.
Independent chapters of The Arc in Minnesota have merged into one organization to help more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The new organization became The Arc Minnesota on January 1, 2018.
The goal is to leverage the impact of a larger and more focused statewide organization while retaining local presence and a deep commitment to grass-roots engagement.
How will more people be served?
The immediate goal of The Arc Minnesota is to provide a set of consistent, essential services throughout the state. Those services will include:
Access to a toll-free information and referral number
Access to a web-based “Ask the Advocate” capability
Enhanced use of technology and virtual service delivery to connect people with information and assistance.
Opportunities to participate in online and in-person training events.
Looking for More Sibshop facilitators
Help give kids a chance to have fun & share their thoughts and experiences about having a family member with a disability.
Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain. There is a real fear that our society may regress toward the institutional services we have been working to end for more than 50 years. 2011 Key Findings. Full report.
View a clip from Offense Taken,
a DVD produced by Self-Advocates of Minnesota (SAM), which
brings attention to the hurtful use of the "R" word. For more information, please visit RTC Media Productions
Master Pool Special Needs Trusts
Considering a Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trust for a family member? Check out The Arc of Minnesota's Master Pool Trust. The Arc of MN Master Pool Trust, administered by professionals that know the intricacies of trusts, makes it possible for families to put money aside for a loved one with a disability; for things like vacations, cell phone, or cable TV; without affecting eligibility for government benefits such as SSI & MA.
The University of Minnesota is seeking participants for a research survey. If you are aged 18-26 and have a neurodevelopmental disorder, they are interested in hearing about your preferences in living situation.
Click here to take the survey:https://umn.qualtrics.com/ jfe/form/SV_2i2kTnpRdLFoJ8N
The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of students with IDD to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used to coach families on planning for employment.