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Resources for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Access Ability, Inc.
Serves a diverse community of people, all of whom face barriers to sustainable employment and community inclusion. These barriers include disabilities, homelessness, prior involvement in the criminal justice system, and limited English literacy. By partnering with businesses and organizations throughout the Twin Cities, we are able to provide programs and services which help people remain on a path to self-sufficiency.
360 Hoover Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413-2940
(612) 331-5958

Access Project
Assists adults with disabilities participate in community education through West St. Paul School District #197. 
Three locations.
(651) 403-8313

ACT-Advocating Change Together
Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-S
St. Paul, MN  55104
(651) 641-0297
(800) 641-0059

Offers support and advocacy services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 
2446 University Ave. W. Suite 110
St. Paul, MN  55114. 
(952) 920-0855

Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota
ARRM leads the advancement of community-based services that support people with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives. Founded in 1970 by a group of private providers, ARRM is a network of 130 providers supporting over 30,000 people with disabilities.
(651) 291-1086
(800) 551-2211

Autism Society of Minnesota
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of families, educators, care givers, and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
2380 Wycliff Street #102
St. Paul, MN  55114
(651) 647-1083

Bethel University
Bethel University Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD)-is a two-year post-secondary, residential program for students with intellectual disabilities aged 18-25 years old.  

Camphill Village Minnesota
Camphill Village Minnesota is an intentional community of approximately 50 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is an independent spiritual being.
15136 Celtic Drive
Sauk Centre, MN  56378
(320) 732-6365

Centers for Independent Living Minnesota
Non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the independent living needs of people with disabilities who are citizens of the State of Minnesota, to develop new resources, identify and provide access to existing resources which provide the services needed by persons with disabilities so that they may live independently in the situation and community of their choice.   Eight locations throughout the state.

Community Bridge
Program for adults with developmental cognitive disabilities through the North St. Paul school district #622. 
1945 Manton Street
Maplewood, MN  55109
(651) 748-7630

Community Connections Partnership (CCP)
A non-profit organization serving Minneapolis/St Paul metro area providing support to adults with intellectual (developmental) disabilties.  They specialize in employment, skill development and recreation opportunities.  

Confidence Learning Center
Confidence Learning Center, often referred to as Camp Confidence, is a year-round center for persons with developmental disabilities. Specializing in recreation and outdoor education, the Confidence Learning Center serves persons of all ages and abilities.
1620 Mary Fawcett Memorial Drive West
East Gull Lake, MN  56401

(218) 828-2344

Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
The Center’s Mission is to provide leading-edge services that create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the community.

Disability Linkage Line
Provides disability resources on a variety of topics.
(866) 333-2466

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
It is the mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota to provide information, resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN  55114
(651) 603-0720

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN)
Supports employment in recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities through confidential, no cost consultation and technical assistance, customized training, online resources and links to state and local resources.

FREEDOM Resource Center
Our mission is to work toward equality and inclusion for people with disabilities through programs of empowerment, community education, and systems change.

Healing Resources for Refugees
This website offers a database of information about services, programs, activities and places that can help a refugee when he/she has emotional, psychological or spiritual healing needs.  Therapists provide services in many different languages.

Institute on Community Integration
Located at the University of Minnesota, ICIs mission is to improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families. Conducts research and provides professional training and technical assistance.

102 Pattee Hall

150 Pillsbury Dr. SE

Minneapolis, MN  55455

(612) 624-6300


Integrates arts and social services, creating a space where adults with disabilities can use their creative talents in theater and visual arts.  “We focus on the possibilities, and not the disabilities.”  
1860 Minnehaha Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN  55104
(651) 209-3575

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN’s consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.

Lifetrack Resources
Lifetrack Resources serves three program areas in the Twin Cities area: Rehabilitation Therapies, Early Childhood and Family Services, and Employment Services.  Various locations.

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
Dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives.
530 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 646-8342

Midwest Special Services Inc.
Provides vocational and day training services for adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. DT&H program is based at five different twin cities locations. Other employment services include job placement and training programs.  Six locations.

Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities
MACOPD is a citizen based education and advocacy group formed to expand opportunities for all children and adults with disabilities throughout Minneapolis, without regard to disability or other protected class status. Additionally, we advocate for policies and programs that promote the independence of persons with disabilities and protect their right to fully participate in society.
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 Fifth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55401
(612) 673-3969

Minnesota Disability Law Center
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is the designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for Minnesota and addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities. All individuals with disabilities are eligible to receive help, regardless of age or income level.  Several locations throughout the state.

This site is designed for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and families. The network will provide information to individuals, families, and caregivers who need personalized assistance to find and access the long-term care services they need. This service is available free of charge.
(866) 333-2466

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Provides 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.

Minnesota Life College
Minnesota Life College (MLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). MLC has remained dedicated to helping students make successful transitions towards independent living and financial self-sufficiency since 1996. Students learn in their own apartments, at the grocery store, in the workplace, at restaurants, and on public transportation—any practical environment where real life skills are needed. Located in Richfield, Minnesota. Mission is to transform the lives of individuals and families affected by the autism spectrum and learning differences. Vision is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum and with learning differences thrive and are valued.

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)
Established in 1973 by the state legislature, the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.
121 East Seventh Place, Suite 107
St. Paul, MN  55101
(651) 361-7800 (V/TTY)

Opportunity Partners
Provides adults with disabilities job training, employment and residential support to live more independent lives.
5500 Opportunity Court
Minnetonka, MN  55343
(952) 938-5511

PACER Center
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER’s work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.  Children up to 21 years old.
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN  55437
(952) 838-9000
(800) 537-2237

Project Power (also called The Adults with Special Needs program)
Provides specialized classes for adults with disabilities that include educational, recreational and social activities through Anoka-Hennepin School District. 
2727 N. Ferry Street
Anoka, MN  55303
(763) 506-1279

Project SOAR
A Community Education program, supported by the Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata School Districts. However, you don’t have to live in those areas, to participate in the program. 
Project SOAR supports adults with disabilities by providing specialized classes and inclusion services, including life skills. 
4584 Vine Hill Road
Deephaven, MN  55331
(952) 401-6898

Reach for Resources
Reach for Resources, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disabilities and mental illness to reach their full potential. They do this by providing individualized services that maximize independence, promote community involvement, and improve physical and mental well-being.
5900 Green Oak Drive, Suite 204
Minnetonka, MN  55343
(952) 200-3030


St. Paul Community Education
There are two programs offered through community education: 
Community Cultural Center/Culture Club located at 1790 Seventh Street W. and CLEAR (Community Leisure, Education and Recreation) located at 360 Colborne Street, for adults with developmental disabilities. 
St Paul, MN  55116
(651) 228-3655

True Friends
True Friends is a non-profit agency that creates unique educational, recreational and social opportunities for people of all ages with mental and physical developmental disabilities.
10509 - 108th Street NW
Annandale, MN  55302
(952) 852-0101
(800) 450-8376

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities to achieve their employment and independent living goals. These services are available through Minnesota WorkForce Centers across the state. Includes resources for vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and more.
332 Minnesota Street
Suite E200
St. Paul, MN  55101

VSA Arts Minnesota
Promotes quality, accessible arts experiences for people with all types of disabilities. In addition, VSA arts of Minnesota emulates the mission of the VSA arts national and international organization which “Promotes arts, education, and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all”.
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN  55403
(612) 332-3888
(800) 802-3883

Windows of Opportunity
A Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education program that provides recreation, education and support activities for adults with physical, neurological and/or developmental disabilities, age 16 and up. 
(763) 504-6990

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