“Disability is a natural part of the human existence and in no way diminishes the right of persons with developmental disabilities to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, and experience full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society.”

- The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendment of 1993

About ConnectWC

Our Mission:  A network dedicated to bold thinking and practical doing with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to create a community of belonging.

ConnectWCConnectWC, an initiative of The CCP Foundation, is a network composed of individuals active in the development of an inclusive community for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Washington County, Minnesota area.

IDD covers a wide variety of conditions, including:  attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, and physical conditions including vision and hearing impairments.

ConnectWC (Washington County, Minnesota) is a place for
self-advocates, families, friends and community members. We connect self-advocates, parents, guardians, caregivers, family and other interested community members to create inclusive and meaningful civic and daytime activities, employment opportunities, and community experiences with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through partnerships with existing service providers and nonprofit organizations.  The creation of this website, with the generous support of The CCP Foundation, is part of this mission. 

Our Areas of Focus include:

Growing Relationships – by creating sustainable personal networks around individuals living with IDD by combining the strengths of both natural and formal supports.

Providing Advocacy and Support – by hosting forums around topics including employment, services, housing, education and legislative action. Educating the community regarding disability related issues, allowing us to speak with a clear and unified voice to our elected officials and service providers.

Nurturing Everyday Leaders – by identifying, recognizing, encouraging and supporting people of all backgrounds and abilities to share their resources of time, talent and connections. All contributions are equally respected and appreciated.

Creating Connections – by collaborating with local organizations and providers to strengthen and expand services to create a flexible menu of options for people living with IDD that encourage growth and exploration.

Our Accomplishments:

  • Hosted a community forum to gather information on what is and isn't working for people living with IDD in the community;
  • Hosted quarterly guardian/parent connection gatherings to develop synergy and cohesive relationships to build consensus around changes that need to be made in the community for people living with IDD;
  • Developed a comprehensive website, ConnectWC.org, with IDD resources for parents, guardians, siblings, extended family members, professionals and the greater community to connect, learn and share;
  • Developed ArtWorks, in collaboration with East Suburban Resources, a local nonprofit providing services to people living with IDD, to support creating works of art, inspiring the creative spirit and providing unique opportunities for artists with disabilities to realize income potential through their art;
  • Developed Faith Communities of Belonging using materials already developed, we recruited 10 area faith organizations to participate in a training program for their leadership to create welcoming and supportive environments for people living with IDD in their faith community.
  • Developed Community Mentor Program in collaboration with local non profit to adapt their respite care program to support volunteers in becoming community mentors to the individuals with IDD they are providing respite services to, and volunteering out in the community. Previously, the volunteer only went to the service recipient's home and they could not go out into the community.
  • Tyze Initiative– Providing ongoing Person Centered Planning workshops for parents interested in being in the Tyze Program. In partnership with The Arc Greater Twin Cities, developed a program that provides community connectors to create person centered networks for people living with IDD, their friends and families to create sustainable networks that bring hopes and dreams into reality for the person at the center of the plan. Also created a network of informal community supports for the person living with IDD and their immediate family members.

We welcome you to join us in creating a community of belonging for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   Contact us to learn more about ConnectWC's mission and how to join us here.

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About ConnectWC and The CCP Foundation

ConnectWC is an initiative of The CCP Foundation. The Foundation is Stillwater-based with a mission to instigate action that leads to better opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. For the past four years The Foundation has invited risk takers and bold thinkers to step outside of the ordinary to create new possibilities for people with developmental disabilities so they can prosper in their communities – specifically in the greater Stillwater area.