General Advocacy Organizations & Resources

Advocating Change Together (ACT)

Advocating Change Together is a non-profit disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT programs build self-advocacy in three ways: personal empowerment, disability awareness and systems change.

American Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The American Association of University Centers on Disabilities mission is to advance policy and practice for and with people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting their members in research, education and service activities that achieve their vision. AUCD envisions a future in which everyone, including people living with developmental and other disabilities, are fully integrated, participating members of their communities.

The Arc Greater Twin Cities

Arc’s Mission is to secure for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families the opportunity to realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play. Advocates are available for information and assistance in areas such as: education, government programs, housing, employment as well as general support for families.

The Arc of Minnesota

The Arc of Minnesota is a non-profit, statewide voluntary organization that 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. Services include:  information and referral, education and public policy development.

Child Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - PACER

Frequently asked questions regarding how the Americans with Disabilities Act affects child care providers.

The Child Neurology Foundation

The Child Neurology Foundation is the outreach arm of the Child Neurology Society, providing information, education, and advocacy for child neurologists and other medical professionals -- and for patients, parents, and member groups dealing with an array of neurologic conditions.

Disability Linkage Line

The Disability Linkage Line is a free, statewide information and referral resource for all disability-related questions.  It is specifically designed for Minnesotans with disabilities or chronic illnesses and their families, caregivers or service providers.

Disability Minnesota

Disability Minnesota is intended for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans, workforce professionals and the general public.  The website provides quick and easy access to disability-related information and programs available across Minnesota state government on numerous subjects including accessibility, benefits, community life, education, employment, housing, health, rights, technology and transportation.

Family Voices of Minnesota

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.  They provide families information about community resources and supports; connect families of children with special health care needs and disabilities with one another; promote patient and family-centered care including family and youth involvement in program and policy development, implementation and evaluation; promote cultural competence across all systems;  and collaborate with other health and disability organizations and state agencies.

Healthy Legacy

Healthy Legacy promotes healthy lives by supporting the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals.  They advocate for consumer education, business leadership, and protective policies to advance safe alternatives in Minnesota.

How To Learn

How To Learn is a website resource that offers comprehensive information on how to learn anything fast!  One of the features includes The Top 101 Learning Resources for a wide variety of special needs.

I Live with a Disability

I Live with a Disability is a social networking website place for people with disabilities and their loved ones to discuss sensitive issues that only other members with similar issues could relate with. The online community provides an avenue for self-expression, in which members can share success stories, brainstorm solutions to problems that they face, and share their battle for everlasting happiness.

Institute on Community Integration ICI (University of Minnesota)

The Institute believes that all persons with developmental and other disabilities should live as valued members of local communities. Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, they improve policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. 

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth.  They are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out.  KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.

Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD)

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations of persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. They address public policy issues that affect people with disabilities by collaborating with others, advocating, educating, influencing and creating awareness for understanding.

Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)

As part of Legal Aid, the Minnesota Disability Law Center 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.

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to 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 for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Minnesota State Council on Disability

The Minnesota State Council on Disability is an agency that advises, provides technical assistance, collaborates and advocates to expand opportunities, improve the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (State of Minnesota)

An Ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist in overcoming the delay, injustice or impersonal delivery of services. Under Minnesota Statutes, this office is charged with promoting the highest attainable standards of treatment, competency, efficiency and justice for persons receiving services for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and emotional disturbances in children. 

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities educates the public and Congress about issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

The National Disability Rights Network is the nonprofit organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Program (CAP).  Collectively the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

PACER Center

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families and children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old.  Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking

Created by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Policymaking teaches parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work. 

Prenatal Partners for Life

Prenatal Partners for Life is a group of concerned parents (most of who have or had a child with special needs), medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents carrying to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis.  They also offer support for raising your child with special needs after birth.

Self-Advocacy Online

Find Self-Advocacy groups, view stories from Self-Advocates, learn about Self-Advocacy and hear about news you can use.

Special Parent Connections

Special Parent Connections is a site where parents can read reviews on products, learn about new therapies,and find resources for themselves and their child with special needs and more.