The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
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.
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Developmental Disabilities Links


ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

ABLEDATA – "Your Source for Assistive Technology Information"

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA): Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a group that has trainings in the form of webinars and conferences, and posts research resources about assistive technology on their website. Their free e-newsletter covers assistive technology news, as well as upcoming webinars and conferences.

Minnesota STAR Program: Minnesota STAR Program'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. STAR (A System of Technology to Achieve Results) and their partners provide device demonstrations, short-term loans, device reuse opportunities, and can help Minnesotans identify statewide resources that may provide funding for or loans of assistive technology.

Public School's Special Education System as a Funding Source for AT – A paper published by the National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project.

Resna Listing of State Assistive Technology Programs: Resna's Catalyst Project maintains a list of the contact information for each state assistive technology program. The RESNA Catalyst Project is funded to provide assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. Follow this link to find the website, address, and contact information for each state's assistive technology program.

The Right Door For Everyone: Universal Design Resources – Universal design can be thought of as the broad spectrum of concepts for the creation of products, buildings and environments that feature accessibility for people who have disabilities as well as those who do not.

Tools For Your Future – Assistive technology is a broad term that includes a wide range of devices for people with disabilities. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by helping people complete tasks that they could not do on their own, or had great difficulty doing. This page is the gateway for you to learn more about assistive technology and how it can help you, a family member, or coworker, or friend live a more fulfilling life.

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CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

The Eye Patch Kids: A DVD designed for parents whose children need to wear eye patches, and for the kids who need to wear them but would rather not. www.bjortandcompany.com

The Full Life Ahead Foundation provides assistance, support, and training for parents of children with developmental disabilities with a focus on transition planning for their sons and daughters as they become more independent and move into adult life.

Kids.Net.Au is a search engine just for kids.

Kids At Hope: A non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, Kids At Hope is a belief system that works with agencies, programs and communities to ensure the success of all youth – no exceptions – by transforming a culture through personal and professional development workshops, seminars, institutes, and classes. "Aces" is a tracking system, available through Kids At Hope, that organizations can use to keep youth connected with caring adults.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). "If you have children with disabilities and don't know where to turn for assistance, make this your first stop."

Optimistic Outcomes (www.optimisticoutcomes.com) is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers build an optimistic outcome for the children they love. The information is particularly helpful to parents dealing with learning differences as they teach their children the skills to navigate homework, schoolwork, and communication.

Pathways Center: IPSII, Inc. is a nonprofit organization comprised of people with disabilities and their families. Under a youth leadership grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, IPSII, Inc. offers a leadership training program for young African American youth to increase their opportunities for employment. An online youth center, "Pathways Center," explains the program and provides links to other information and resources of interest to young adults with developmental disabilities.

The Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health — The Center's research and training activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.

Special Needs Family Friendly Fun – enhancing the quality and fun of family life with special needs.

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DISABILITY ADVOCACY

The mission of the Access Center for Independent Living (ACIL) is to ensure that people with disabilities have full and complete access to the community in which they reside.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Arc Minnesota – Advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of the United States – The national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related disabilities and their families.

The Community Imperative – In 1979, the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University wrote The Community Imperative, a declaration supporting the right of all people with disabilities to community living. The Center has reissued The Community Imperative in 2000 and invites endorsements from individuals and organizations.

Mothers From Hell 2 is a "national group of parents, relatives, friends, and anyone who just plain 'gets it' fighting chipped tooth and broken press-on nail for the appropriate education, community acceptance, desperately needed services, rights of and entitlements for individuals with disabilities."

ParentAdvocates.org provides general information on education, special education, transition and related policy issues.

Partners in Policymaking® – Partners in Policymaking is a leadership preparation course for disabled adults (including those with learning disabilities) and parents of disabled children (including those with learning disabilities) up to school leaving age.

Ragged Edge is the online edition of Ragged Edge Magazine "... and on this web site, you'll find the best in today's writing about society's "ragged edge" issues: medical rationing, genetic discrimination, assisted suicide, long-term care, attendant services.

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability.

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DISABILITY LAW

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.

The Law Engine – "Providing the best on-line law sources in a single-page format."

The Minnesota Disability Law Center addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. MDLC is designated as the state's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Minnesota, and receives federal funds for that purpose.

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) provides extensive information on health care law affecting low-income people. The site is updated daily with health law news, legislative analysis, and health law Internet links

Resources for Other Disability Related Laws – A list of Disability law resources found on the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center site, which provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act to Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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GOVERNMENT

Administration on Developmental Disabilities – Part of the Administration for Children and Families under the Department of Health and Human Services. The ADD web site has a link to the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act). From the home page click "About ADD."

Center for Effective Government – (Formerly OMB Watch) The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – The Medicaid, Medicare and Child Health Insurance Agency.

A List of Federal Agencies on the Internet – Provided by Louisiana State University.

The Federal Register – Official Federal Government information.

The Fedworld web site offers a data search component of federal agencies, including the IRS and Environmental Protection Agency.

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State has a home page link to "Open Appointments" under "Special Services."

Minnesota State Council on Disability – Collaborates, advocates, advises, and provides information to expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Minnesota State Register is published weekly and includes Minnesota rules, official notices, professional, technical and consulting contracts, State grants and loans.

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation – Assists with concerns and complaints about services; and questions about rights, grievances, access to appropriate services; and ideas for improving services for people receiving care and treatment for mental, developmental, chemical and emotional disabilities.

The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities – The PCPID acts in an advisory capacity to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to programs and services for persons with mental retardation.

"Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities" is an online course provided by the US Department of Justice that explains how the ADA applies to businesses.

The Social Security Disability Resource Center: The goal of this site is to make it easy for individuals and their families to understand their rights, what they are entitled to, and how to qualify for benefits.

The White House – The new White House web site features a more current design and more user-friendly features than the previous site, as well as accessibility features and compliance with the W3C Web Accessibility guidelines.

The White House Disability Outreach Listserv – Here's how you can subscribe.

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HEALTH

BrainandSpinalCord.org: Whenever a person or family is suddenly confronted with the world-changing experience of a catastrophic spinal cord injury or brain injury, there are a host of questions but seemingly few solid answers. BrainandSpinalCord.org was created as a knowledge-base for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors to help answer these kinds of questions.

The Data Resource Center (DRC) for Child and Adolescent Health (www.childhealthdata.org) 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.

Mesothelioma Cancer Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to our visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure, options for a mesothelioma treatment, and a complete list of doctors if you have received a mesothelioma prognosis. As the leading asbestos and mesothelioma resource, Asbestos.com offers more than 3,000 pages of the most comprehensive and cutting edge information on the web.

MDJunction is a health community focused on becoming a free center for Online Support Groups, including an Autism Support Group.

OnlineHealthResources.com is a comprehensive directory of health related web sites.

Nisonger Center's "Project MED": Medication Education for consumers with language limitations.

Tardive Dyskinesia Center – An introduction and overview of this condition, treatment options available, and supports and other resources.

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INDEPENDENT LIVING

Independent Life Resources – A "World of Resources" for persons with disAbilities, Senior Citizens, and Those Who Care! Categorized easy-to-use directories, articles, news, care-provider and special education training materials, and consulting services.

Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent (MACIL) – Eight Centers for Independent Living in Minnesota provide information about independent living services and advocate for people with disabilities so they can live independently in communities of their choice.

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INFORMATION

Audacity Magazine is a news and entertainment magazine geared toward the disability community in the United States and the world.

"Citing Internet And Print Resources" from the Cornette Library. Information and the guidance to help you cite information, whether from the general Internet, in a subscription database, or a print source.

The Disability Dictionary allows you to search more than 3500 disability-related terms. Includes thorough definitions of: disabilities & syndromes, disability organizations, medical terms, genetic terms, and more.

Disability Resources – is a nonprofit organization that monitors, reviews, and reports on disability resources every day and disseminates information about them to libraries, disability organizations, health and social service professionals, consumers and family members.

DO-IT Program – "Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology."

Inclusion Daily Express – A disability rights email news service with the latest information on community inclusion and self-determination.

Yahoo Groups – A searchable site where you can find list servers on various topics, including disability specific.

The YAI Resource Center is a new online community supporting those individuals and organizations working in the field of ID/DD, offering easy access to educational and training curricula; activities, lesson plans and games; and presentations and policies.

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QUALITY OF LIFE

The Council on Quality and Leadership is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the quality of services and supports to people with disabilities. This is accomplished through its accreditation services, training programs, and research division.

Quality Mall at the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living is a carefully selected collection of person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.

Sensory Integration Resource Center – "Our vision is to help an international community of families and colleagues improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with sensory integration dysfunction (DSI)."

Transition Coalition – Information, support, and linkages for all people interested and involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life.

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SOCIAL AWARENESS

Circles Network is a national voluntary organization based around the key principles of Inclusion and Person Centered approaches. We provide unique personal support for people who are in danger of becoming socially excluded, or who are currently suffering the consequences of prior segregation and discrimination.

Dan Keplinger was the star of a documentary that won an Oscar for Best Documentary.

The Disability History Project is a community history project for disabled people to reclaim and share their exciting and rich history with the world.

DisabledPerson.com "... an online magazine that is geared specifically towards the Disabled Person. Not just a resource site but a magazine. One with articles about the human side of your disabilities."

Inclusion Press is a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.

"When I Walk":  A documentary that examines the physical and social impact of multiple sclerosis over several years by following a young man diagnosed with this disability, this film was an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The film trailer provides more information about the documentary.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice supports a nationwide technical assistance network to respond to the needs of students with disabilities, especially students from underrepresented populations.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education – Helping parents and educators create solutions that improve results for students with disabilities.

Gentle Teaching – a nonviolent approach for helping children and adults with special needs.

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE) is a national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible.

The National Association of School Psychologists – Promoting educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth.

The Office of Special Education Programs – OSEP's mission and organization focus on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21.

The Special Ed Advocate (Wrightslaw.com) is a free online newsletter about special education legal issues, cases, tactics and strategy, effective educational methods, and Internet links

Special Education News covers breaking news in grades K-12.

SpecialEducationGuide.com provides helpful information to both parents of children with disabilities and teachers about the early intervention process, how to establish a parent-teacher partnership, and collaborating on an IEP.

The Whole Schooling Consortium is an international network of schools, teachers, parents, administrators, university faculty and community members whose purpose is to promote excellence and equity in schools throughout the world to build inclusive and democratic societies.

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STUDIES, RESEARCH AND TRAINING

Augsburg College, both Rochester and Rochester campuses, offers a Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. Full and part time programs are available. The MSW program is held on Friday evenings and Saturdays on an every other week schedule.

The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities.

The Council on Quality and Leadership is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the quality of services and supports to people with disabilities. This is accomplished through its accreditation services, training programs, and research division.

HRSI (Human Services Research Institute) works to assist human service organizations and systems to develop support systems for children, adults, and families; enhance the participation of individuals and their families to shape policy and service practices; improve the capacity of systems, organizations, and individuals to cope with the changes in fiscal, administrative, and political realities; expand the use of research and evaluation to guide policy and practice.

The Society for Disability Studies is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization established to promote interdisciplinary research on humanistic and social scientific aspects of disability and chronic illness.

The World Institute on Disability (WID) is an international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.

The YAI Resource Center is a new online community supporting those individuals and organizations working in the field of ID/DD, offering easy access to educational and training curricula; activities, lesson plans and games; and presentations and policies.

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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center, the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.