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Providing 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.
Health Care Issues

The Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health ( is an easy-to-use public website that eliminates barriers and reduces time and resources needed to obtain key findings on the health and health care of children, youth, and families.

People with disabilities encounter both blatant and subtle forms of discrimination when seeking organ transplants. This is a supplement to an article, "Running the Transplant Gauntlet," that appears in the December 2004 issue of Exceptional Parent.

Mental retardation does not lessen the likelihood a patient will benefit from a kidney transplant, suggests a study by Ohio State University researchers. Steven Reiss, co-author of the study and professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, reviewed published cases worldwide dealing with kidney transplants.

The Minnesota Citizens Form on Health Care Costs released its final report, Listening to Minnesotans: Transforming Minnesota's Health Care System, on February 23, 2004. Click here to download a copy of the report.

A Summary of Town Hall Meeting Notes, Themes from the Town Hall Meetings, and the results of a Minnesota Health Care Opinion Poll Study document some of the work the forum has accomplished to date to address this critical issue.

Former U.S. Senator from Minnesota David Durenberger delivered a presentation to the DD Council on health care costs on June 2, 2004 and his presentation is available in PDF format and as text

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