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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.


Links: An extensive list of disability-related Web sites and information resources.

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Emergency Planning contains information and resources that people with disabilities, families, service providers, and others can use to become better informed and educated about how to best prepare for a broad range of disaster situations. Being prepared can greatly increase your safety, and your ability to take care of yourself during and immediately after the disaster.

The Arc of MinnesotaThe Arc Minnesota 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 Minnesota website for current information, legislative alerts, and resources to become a more effective public policy advocate.


All Hands On Deck is a biennial Policy Advisory of the Governor's Workforce Development Council (GWDC). The most recent Policy Advisory, issued on November 18, 2010, contains two recommendations for Expanding Work Opportunities for Minnesotans with Disabilities. These recommendations were prepared by an Employment Workgroup of the GWDC.

The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans recently launched a free online self-study course titled Video Captioning Essentials. This course teaches basic concepts needed to make an informed decision on what tools and resources to use to caption web videos. To learn more about the course visit The Commission has also recently released an alternative version of Partners in Making Your Case in American Sign Language (ASL). The course can be directly accessed at

FS 360 Proposal Summary: The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities proposes to create a one stop family support center to assist at least 50 targeted families on an annual basis to preserve, maintain, and strengthen the family unit. The center will be designed and provide the types of services identified by families and community members in the Near North neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Minnesota who participated in a series of focus groups that were conducted during the planning year.

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. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now have an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits.

The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. This resource includes an overview of employment supports and how they help people with disabilities, and a section on health care and Medicaid protections for people with disabilities who are working or want to work.

NASDDDS Handbook on Inclusive Meetings and Presentations: This Handbook provides guidelines to help assure that self advocates can participate in meeting discussions and contribute in meaningful ways by expressing their own points of view.

The 2005-2007 edition of the "Minnesota Guidebook to State Agency Services" is now available online.

This 10th edition of the Guidebook lists nearly all state government agencies and provides contact information that includes locations, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail and web site addresses.

The new Guidebook is also available in a printed, 403-page version for $14.95, plus tax, from Minnesota's Bookstore, 660 Olive St. (one block east of I-35E and one block north of the University Avenue) in St. Paul. The Guidebook can be ordered online at and by telephone at 651/297-3000 locally or 1-800-657-3757 toll-free outside the greater metropolitan area.

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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.