Useful Links

Access Press: Minnesota’s Disability Community

Bringing News and Information to People with Disabilities since 1990

Adaptive Recreation Learning Exchange (ARLE)

Specialized recreation programs and services specifically designed for people with disabilities, offered by a consortium of the cities and school districts of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield.

Adaptive Recreation with Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation

Eden Prairie’s Adaptive Recreation Program offers recreational and educational activities specifically designed for people with disabilities.

Arc Greater Twin Cities

The mission of Arc Greater Twin Cities 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.

The Arc of Minnesota

The mission of The Arc of Minnesota is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Arts for Academic Achievement

The mission of Arts for Academic Achievement is to increase student academic achievement and improve teacher practice by providing arts-based and arts-integrated learning through meaningful collaborations.

Arts in Action MN

The mission of Arts in Action is empowering communities through the healing action of the arts. The organization envisions a world where all people have access to the arts for expression through empowered communities free from interpersonal trauma.

Arts Unbound

The mission of Arts Unbound is to provide arts education, skills building and a variety of vocational opportunities in the visual arts to youth and adults with mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

Autism Society of Minnesota

The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education support, collaboration, and advocacy.

Center for Supported Independence

The mission of the Center for Supported Independence is to support adults with Asperger’s and related disorders achieve supported independence. They offer Life Skills Coaching and hands-on, interactive Workshops.

The Courage Center

The mission of Courage Center is to empower people with physical disabilities to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life. We are guided by the vision that one day, all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities, not disabilities

Disability Benefits 101

DB101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan.

Empowering Jews With Disabilities

The mission of Empowering Jews with Disabilities is to further promote the interests of disabled people in the Jewish community.

The Families & Advocates Partnership for Education

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Highland Friendship Club

The Highland Friendship Club was organized in 2002 to give teens and young adults with disabilities the chance to connect with friends – with and without disabilities – and create a typical social life. The Highland Friendship Club is about personal development and choice. It’s about doing what you want to do – not what someone else has decided you should do.

Institute on Community Integration

Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. Rather than providing direct services itself, the Institute works with community service providers, school districts, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community integration of individuals with disabilities.

Interact Center for the Performing & Visual Arts

Interact is a recognized center for both the performing and visual arts that offers professional-level,multi-disciplinary training, performances, and exhibitions for artists with disabilities.

Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities

The Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities is the clearinghouse for information and resources to support Jews with disabilities and their families.


Lifeworks provides enrichment and employment services for people with disabilities that help them to live full and meaningful lives.

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Serves audiences in Minnesota’s seven-county metropolitan region through grants, services, and technical assistance to the arts communities of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties.

Midwest Special Services

Provides individualized programs and supports to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to help them reach their personal goals and achieve their full potential.

Minneapolis Arts Commission

The mission of the Minneapolis Arts Commission is to strengthen the arts and enrich cultural life in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis Interagency Early Intervention Committee

Building effective collaboration to serve young children (birth-age five) with special needs and their families.  Because children cannot be viewed in isolation but within the context of family and community, services to children and families need to be interdisciplinary and interagency. Therefore, collaboration among parents and service agencies is essential for the long-term well-being of families and success of their children with special needs.

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools offers a wide-range of Special Education programs and services.

Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children

The mission of the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children is to improve the practices and resources of persons working on behalf of individuals with exceptionality in the State of Minnesota

Minnesota State Arts Board

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota Theater Alliance

Theater companies around the state of Minnesota offer discounts to the disability community to attend shows or participate in classes. Check back often for the most current offerings.

Minnesota Yellow Pages for Kids With Disabilities

The Minnesota Yellow Pages for Kids with disabilities will help you find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.

National Art Education Association

The goal of the NAEA is to promote art education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.

National Center on Disability and Journalism

A great reference guide for speaking and writing about people with disabilities.


The mission of the 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.

Phoenix Alternatives, Inc.

Phoenix Alternatives Inc. provides persons with disabilities the resources they need to achieve success and to build connections in their community.  PAI is a leader in providing high quality day training and habilitation services to people with developmental disabilities. We are committed to our company values which guide us in our working relationships with the people we serve and those with whom we work.

Resources for Kid Artists

A collection of online resources related to arts education for young people, including links to research studies, art museums, sites created for kids by artists and teachers, and more. (Shared with us by Joy in Portland, via her art instructor Betsy – huge thanks!)

River Valley Project Explore

The mission of River Valley Project Explore is to empower adults with disabilities to make valuable contributions to their community as employees, volunteers, learners and citizens.

Sabes Jewish Community Center

As part of the mission to bring people together in an inclusive Jewish environment, the Sabes JCC provides opportunities and welcomes people of all ages and all abilities in all JCC programs.

St Paul Jewish Community Center

The St. Paul JCC strives to provide opportunities to people of all ages and abilities for inclusion in all programs. A primary service goal of the St. Paul JCC is to provide an environment that supports individuals and their families to participate in any and all available programming. In addition, the St. Paul JCC leads and supports the greater community by providing advocacy for inclusive services, educatoin to other service providers, and training in strategies in community settings.

TARGET (Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today) Center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture established the Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center in 1992 to utilize the power of technology and provide impactful services related to improving accessibility and contributing to the complete employment experience of individuals with disabilities. 

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota

The focus of UCP of Minnesota is public policy, information and referral, providing augmentative and alternative communication devices and education for people with cerebral palsy and their families.

VSA Minnesota

VSA Minnesota’s mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts.

We Connect Now

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

Wilderness Inquiry

Providing outdoor adventure experiences that inspire personal growth, community integration, and enhanced awareness of the environment. Wilderness Inquiry adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.

Young Dance

Since 1988, Young Dance has encouraged youth in our community to build body and spirit through the creative art of dance. The Dance Company and school collaborates with professional artists, forges meaningful community partnerships and pushes the boundaries of the art and practice of dance. Young Dance is committed to making dance accessible to interested and motivated students. No child will be discriminated against because of race, gender, national origin, religion, or disability.

Youth Frontiers

At Youth Frontiers, our vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line, and classroom of every school in Americ so that today’s young people can make tomorrow’s world better.