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.

Institutions to Independence

Institutions to Independence

"Institutions to Independence" is a 30 minute documentary produced by TPT (public television) in cooperation with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Government Training Services. This documentary tells the story of services in Minnesota from the 1860s into the 21st Century through the telling of stories of people with developmental disabilities, families, and professionals.

In addition to the documentary, the Minnesota Governor's Council worked with TPT to create "Know Your Rights", an Illustrated Essay by David Gillette regarding the Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities.

Know Your Rights

Independence to Inclusion

"Independence to Inclusion" is the followup documentary to Institutions to Independence, also a co-production with TPT Public Television. Delivery systems provide services and supports, the means by which people with developmental disabilities can achieve greater independence, productivity , self determination, integration and inclusion in the community. But inclusion is more. Inclusion involves active participation with people without disabilities, using a range of services and supports to make that possible – in school, in the workplace, in the community.

For more information about Minnesota history and developmental disabilities, visit "With An Eye to the Past."

To see a complete slide show about the Welsch photo exhibits from the 1973 trial, please visit

Welsch Photos

To purchase art work by Richard Brown shown in the documentary, please contact Partnership Resources at 952-925-1404. To view his artwork online, visit and search for "Richard Brown".

To get involved in legislative activities in Minnesota, please visit The Arc of Minnesota. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. By advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families, they also serve the broader disability community. Go to the Public Policy page of The Arc of Minnesota website for current information, legislative alerts, and resources to become a more effective public policy advocate.

The ARC of Minnesota

To learn more about Partners in Policymaking, please visit

For further information about self advocacy in Minnesota and Remembering with Dignity, please visit

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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.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2301MNSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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