Welcome to the Learning Center
The Learning Center is an online resource containing over 10,000 pages of documents from the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. The documents are divided into categories for easy reference. Clicking on the menu items above will take you to a summary of the section's contents, a list of the documents contained, and their descriptions.
You will need Acrobat Reader installed to read, search and print these PDF format documents. If you have the Acrobat Plug-in installed in your browser, you will be able to view the documents in the browser window. For accessibility, almost all the documents in this archive can be read using the Acrobat Reader "read-aloud" feature. Many library documents also have editable text versions. Due to scan quality issues, some documents may not have text equivalents.
The Governor of Minnesota has designated the Minnesota Department of Administration as the agency responsible for providing administrative services for the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. Documents in this section describe the values and policies of the Council as well as the Council itself.
Advocacy and Empowerment
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, through its planning and reform efforts, has played a leadership role in Minnesota and the nation. Its actions and documents have brought issues before policymakers and service providers.
Planning and Reform
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities has a history of trying to make a difference, to shape the future, rather than simply be shaped by it. The documents in this section chronicle planning and reform efforts over three decades.
Beginning in 1974, Toni Lippert of the Metropolitan Region XI Developmental Disabilities Task Force of the Metropolitan Health Board – Metropolitan Council (the regional Developmental Disabilities Council) published DD Information Exchange on a monthly basis. In September 1990, the Metropolitan Council stopped publication of DD Information Exchange. The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities then began publication of its own monthly newsletter, continuing to use the same mailing list as before. The first edition of Futurity appeared in November 1990.