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National Resources

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American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): The AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

AAPD Disability Mentoring Day Toolkit: AAPD’s Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) program is a large-scale national effort to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships.

American Foundation for the Blind: A national nonprofit with offices in 5 U.S. cities that promotes/engages in research, develops/shares knowledge and pursues relationships to accelerate change in society to create a world of no limits.

College Planning Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities: Pursuing higher education is exciting and stressful for every college-bound student, but it can be more challenging for those with learning disabilities. It’s important that students who learn and think differently know how to get the additional support they may need.

Disability:IN: Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Their central office and 25 Affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business.

*They have released a list of the 100 CEOs Now On Board to Advance Disability Inclusion. Click here to read more.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN): A leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit: JAN’s free online workplace accommodation toolkit provides employers with tools needed to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace.

Kids Mater Too: Pediatric Diffuse Midline Glioma (DMG). The average age of diagnosis is 5-9 years, and children live an average of only 9 months after their diagnosis.

Live Another Day – Features editorially curated lists of the top-rated rehab centers by state.

Make It OK Campaign: “Make It OK” is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses. It’s time to spread the word, stop the silence and Make It OK.

Live Another Day: Features editorially curated lists of the top-rated addiction rehab centers by state.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): A mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, including raising awareness and providing support and education.

National Organization on Disability (NOD): A private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of people with disabilities in all aspects of life, with a focus on increasing employment opportunities. Their programs and services enable companies to realize the competitive advantages of hiring people with disabilities

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): The only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

Project SEARCH: Project SEARCH, founded in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is a nationally and internationally recognized program for individuals with disabilities who are interested in training and preparation for competitive employment.

Recovery Local: dedicated to providing resources and information to all those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Respect Ability: General resources for employers. This website includes resources already listed in addition to several additional resources.

The ARC: The largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, encompassing all ages and more than 1,000 national and community programs.

United Nations (UN) Division for Social Policy and Development (DPSD): The mission of UN DPSD is to promote the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities in the world. Annually in December, UN DPSD observes the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

University of California, San Francisco: 8-part video training series to guide faculty working with students with disabilities

MN Resources

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Acronyms: DHS abbreviations and acronyms which can be sorted alphabetically. Addiction treatment programs are available at Minnesota drug rehab centers. These substance abuse treatment programs offer individualized treatment plans backed by evidence-based methods of treating addiction and mental health.

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM): The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education support, collaboration and advocacy.

DEED’s Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund:  creates a central fund where small to mid-sized Minnesota employers can request reimbursement for expenses related to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants and employees with disabilities.

Department of Human Services – Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services – (DHS): DHS provides services and information to help Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families.

Disability Benefits 101 (DB101): 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.

Disability Hub MN: Disability Hub MN is a free statewide resource network that helps you solve problems, navigate the system and plan for your future. You’ll discover options and tools for managing your health, your benefits, your work, your housing and more.

Disability:IN Minnesota: An employer-led endeavor that promotes best employment practices and enhances employment opportunities for skilled candidates with disabilities.

Live Another Day:  Features culturally competent resources on substance abuse for people of color and a list of the top-rated rehab centers in Minnesota.

MN Board on Aging: The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) is the gateway to services for Minnesota seniors and their families.

MN Brain Injury Alliance: Statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Minnesotans affected by brain injury. Over the decades, the Alliance has developed from an advocacy driven organization, to one that focuses on both advocacy and direct service.

Minnesota Disability Law Center: The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide, regardless of age or income, on legal issues related to their disabilities.

MN 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.

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

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center: PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

MN RETAIN Program– Providing guidance and helping Minnesota workers return to work after injury or illness.

RETAIN Participant Flyer            WDI RETAIN Handout          RETAIN Provider Flyer

State Services for the Blind (SSB): SSB provides tools, training and technology to help people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or experiencing vision loss to live independently and to prepare for, find and keep a job.

The Arc Minnesota: The Arc MN is a community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Minnesota, there is a national website referenced above.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS): VRS can help job seekers prepare for, find, and keep a job, and live as independently as possible.

Southeastern MN Local Resources

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Ability Building Center (ABC): ABC’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Southeastern Minnesota by providing rehabilitation and employment services for persons with disabilities and other special needs.

AccessABLE Recreation Program: Providing recreational activities enriching the social experiences & development of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Adapta MN: Adapta offers researched-based, person-centered transitional housing for adults with a traumatic brain injury or other neurological disorders in Rochester, MN.

ARSYS, LLC: ARSYS provides Supportive Services for people with Developmental Disabilities and related conditions, as well as Emotional Behavioral Disorders in Olmsted County.

Bear Creek Services: Bear Creek Services is a non-profit organization based in Rochester, MN that provides services to people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

Cardinal of Minnesota: Cardinal provides individualized support to people with varying types of disabilities.

Diversity Council: Growing equitable communities rooted in compassion where all facets of human identity are understood and respected, and where every individual acts conscientiously and with courage.

ExaercisAbilities- Providing therapeutic health improvement solutions to individuals, children to seniors, with lifelong access to physical rehabilitation and adaptive health, fitness and recreation solutions to help them achieve a healthy, happy, and independent life.

Goodwill – Easter Seals Minnesota: For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Throughout all life’s moments – Easterseals is here to help people and families realize and reach for their full potential.

Hiawatha Homes: Hiawatha Homes, Inc. supports children, adults, and families with developmental disabilities, physical health needs, specialized medical needs, brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and emotional and behavioral health needs.

Lifetrack: Lifetrack employment programs assist in increasing the diversity and inclusion of people with mental illness in the Minnesota workforce. Additional programming helps people with disabilities find and keep valuable employment in the community. They follow the model that “everyone can work with the right supports in place.”

LJ&A Employment Counseling & Placement Services: LJ&A Employment Counseling & Placement Services (LJ&A) is a group of trained professionals, dedicated to providing job search assistance to people experiencing barriers to employment.

MaxAbility: A Southeastern MN employment taskforce that started as a grassroots conversation among employers, job coaches, non-profits and educators. The mission of MaxAbility is to maximize career success for people with disabilities as the trusted regional resource network for employers.

Olmsted County Disability Services: We assist individuals to access and make choices about services available in their community.

Opportunity Services (OS): OS’s mission is to assist people with disabilities to make meaningful, individual contributions in the community. It is a nonprofit organization serving disabled adults seeking job assistance or community immersion, and employers seeking to create a more diverse and richer workplace.

Pearl Consulting, LLC: Pearl Consulting provides comprehensive employment counseling and placement services to individuals with disabilities. Pearl’s goal is to assist individuals identify employment goals, reach their potential, and increase self-sufficiency. Pearl also aims to meet community business’ unique hiring needs, and provide education and advocacy regarding employees with disabilities.

PossAbilities: An organization of caring leaders and experts providing innovative, person-centered supports and services for people with disabilities.

Region 10 Quality Council: The Region 10 Regional Quality Council is a group of people working together to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Houston, Olmsted, and Wabasha counties.

REM River Bluffs:  Individuals living with intellectual developmental disability (also autism spectrum disorder) (including ex-offenders), brain injury, mental health issues or physical disabilities participate in our programs.

SMB Disability Services: We provide 24-hour care to adults (ages 18-62) with brain injuries, mental illness, chemical dependency, and other physical and neurological disabilities.

SE MN Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL): SEMCIL is a community-based, cross disability, non-residential, non-profit organization offering a variety of independent living services and supports for people with disabilities.

Reece Trahan (RT) Autism Awareness Foundation: The RT Autism Awareness Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making people aware of Autism and the effects it has on individuals and their families.

Yes Works, LLC: Yes Works, LLC is a community-based organization serving Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties in southeast Minnesota. They provide individually tailored services aimed toward successful competitive employment for people with disabilities.


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