AbleData is the premier source for impartial, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease with life’s tasks. Abledata provides a wealth of information to assist customers and their family members, vendors, distributors, organizations, professionals and caregivers in understanding assistive technology (AT) options and programs available. AbleData is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living.
The Arc is seeing an explosion of technology products that are useful to the people we serve. At the same time, we have learned that it is challenging to find products that are a good fit for the diverse range of needs and goals of those in our community. To solve this, Tech Toolbox™ provides our community with a user-friendly, easy-to-search online space for sharing information about technology products.
AbleLink Smart Living Technologies specifically address the significant need for research-based cognitive support technologies for individuals with cognitive disabilities and those experiencing cognitive decline.
A directory of products and services for physically-challenged persons, elderly, caregivers and health care professionals.
Online magazine on technology for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Provides information on built-in features that help people with disabilities access Apple products.
Database of AT products, links to private and public disability services and resources.
ATAP promotes the collaboration of AT programs for persons with disabilities, providers, industry, advocates and others at the state and national level and to increase the availability and utilization of accessible information technology (IT) and assistive technology devices and services (AT) for all individuals with disabilities in the United States and territories.
Serves as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities.
CAST develops innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for designing curricula that enables all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.
A national research, information and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities and related products.
Practical up-to-date information on assistive technology products, procedures and best practices.
The purpose of the Disability Minnesota Web site is to provide a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. This site also provides access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas.
News and current affairs, new products and technology, profiles of movers and shakers, education, employment, sexuality and relationships, housing, transportation, travel and recreation for and about people with disabilities.
Provides information on accessibility products and built-in features that make the computer easier to use.
A resource page for the equipment loan database for Minnesota augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device users and professionals.
Information about independent living services provided by Minnesota’s eight Centers for Independent Living and links to disability related information around the world.
The Disability Link section of MinnesotaHelp.info makes it easier for people with disabilities to explore options and make decisions about services, benefits, employment, health care, and more.
Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
A national information dissemination project to improve the utilization of existing and emerging technology in state vocational rehabilitation programs.
The Trace Center is a leader in the development and large-scale pilot implementation of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), to simplify access to information and communication technology by people with disability, literacy, digital literacy and aging related barriers.
United Spinal Association is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). Membership is free and open to all individuals with spinal cord injuries and diseases.
Provides rehabilitation, support, information and referral services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
EquipALife is a nonprofit organization providing access to life-changing equipment and services for people with disabilities. We create a lifeline for financial solutions, professional support, education and training. EquipALife helps people become more self-sufficient at work, at home, in school and out and about the community. EquipALife provides a statewide, comprehensive, consumer-responsive system of Assistive Technology for Minnesotans of all ages with disabilities.
CAP works closely with service members across the nation to ensure they receive appropriate assistive technology for their needs. The use of assistive technology is introduced during recovery and rehabilitation at military treatment facilities. Accommodations are available for Service members with injuries that have caused: vision loss, hearing loss, mobility and dexterity impairments, and cognitive injuries.
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. JAN has two main focuses: identifying job accommodations and providing technical assistance on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is a non-profit trade association dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to safely drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment to fit their specific needs. All members work together to improve transportation options for people with disabilities. Our ultimate mission is to unify and improve the mobility equipment industry and help people with disabilities lead happy, healthy and more mobile lifestyles through the use of quality wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Resource for people with severe communication disorders, their families, friends, professionals and educators.
A community resource for consumers and professionals that provides disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s.
Rehabilitation, enrichment and independent living services for people with physical disabilities, and sensory or neurological impairments; links to disability and AT resources.
The DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center's AIT Initiative encourages incorporation of accessible information technology in K-12 and post secondary school settings. Accessible Information Technology incorporates the principles of universal design so that people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities can access information disseminated electronically.
Provides custom orthotic and prosthetic services for people of all ages who have a wide variety of diagnoses.
Assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) allows children across the ability spectrum to participate fully at home, in school, and in the community. The Center on Technology and Disability provides a wealth of free resources – personal and professional development (PPD) webinars, articles, guides, training materials and more.
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare cares for patients who have some of the most complex, rare, and traumatic conditions in pediatric medicine, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit housing organization. Local Habitat affiliates coordinate house building and select partner families. Contact your local Habitat affiliate for more information.
Community Action Agencies offer support and advocacy from “cradle to grave.” Services vary from agency to agency based on local needs.
The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is an agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.
Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) works to achieve public health policies that will provide more positive health outcomes and better serve children and youth with special health needs and their families throughout Minnesota.
ABLE accounts allow people with disabilities, who meet the eligibility requirements, to save money to pay for disability-related expenses.
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency has developed a resource called the Rehabilitation Loan/Emergency and Accessibility Loan Programs assist low income homeowners in financing basic home improvements that directly affect the safety, habitability, energy efficiency or accessibility of their homes. The Emergency and Accessibility Loan Program is available for home improvements addressing emergency conditions of the home or accessibility needs for a disabled household resident, subject to prior approval by Minnesota Housing.
Provide 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.
In Minnesota, regional public library and multiple library delivery services provide scheduled stops at their branches, libraries, or schools in their area. Materials borrowed and returned from across the state are delivered daily to library headquarters and then placed on the appropriate route to the local library.
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.
Provides access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages; provides technical assistance in the areas related to universal design, state procurement actions and funding of AT.
The STAR program is Minnesota's Assistive Technology program funded by Rehabilitation Services Administration in accordance with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). 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.
Housing information for people with disabilities.
There are 12 Public Library Systems in the state that can help you find libraries in your area that may have equipment you can use within the library.
Counties served: Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis. ALS was formed under joint powers agreements between cities and counties.
Counties served: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine.
Counties served: Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright.
Counties served: Beltrami, Cass, Crow, Wing, Hubbard, and Wadena.
Counties served: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, and Wilkin.
Counties served: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
Counties served: Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau.
Counties served: Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine.
Counties served: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock.
Counties served: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.
Counties served: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan
Counties served: Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse.
The Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for a statewide network of independent living services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities throughout the State.
MACIL provide a number of services for people with disabilities, their families and friends, service providers and interested community members. MACIL services include information and referral, assistive technology demonstration, evaluation, consultation, device loan and many more.
ACCESS NORTH - Hibbing
1309 East 40th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
SEMCIL (Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living) - Rochester
2200 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
SMILES - Mankato
709 S. Front Street, Suite 7
Mankato, MN 56001
SWCIL (Southwestern Center for Independent Living) - Marshall
109 South Fifth Street, Suite 700
Marshall, MN 56258
MCIL (Metropolitan Center for Independent Living) - Minneapolis/St. Paul
530 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLES - Sauk Rapids
215 North Benton Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
FREEDOM RESOURCE CENTER - Fargo/Moorhead
2701 9th Avenue S., Suite H
Fargo, ND 58103
OPTIONS - East Grand Forks
318 Third Street NW
East Grand Forks, MN 56721