Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the process by which organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of collectively improving communities. Effective community engagement means The Arc continually learns from the communities it works with. This enables The Arc to make more informed decisions with the community based on a greater understanding of disabilities and their related issues.


Those with disabilities and their network have a range of personal and professional knowledge and expertise that should be utilized to inform and influence decisions made within the communities that impact them. The Arc is here to help foster greater community engagement.


For information about Civic Engagement, click here.


For information about The Arc Speakers Bureau, click here.


For information about Support and Education groups, click here.


For information about Training and Presentations, click here.





In July 2016, The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), with advice from the State Quality Council, issued grants to form three regional quality councils.


The purpose of the Regional Quality Council is to work collaboratively with regional stakeholders and partners to monitor and improve the quality of home and community based services, person centered outcomes and overall quality of life for individuals with disabilities.


The Regional Quality Council is a group made up of people with disabilities, their families, county workers, the Department of Human Services, community members, and service providers. There are currently 3 councils, covering 10 counties in the state of Minnesota.


The Arc Greater Twin Cities is the host of the Metro Regional Quality Council, which includes Dakota, Hennepin and Scott county.


If you are interested in learning more about the Regional Quality Council, please contact the Metro Regional Quality Council Project Manager, Kayla Nance at or call 952-915-3669.



For more information,  please submit your question to Ask an Advocate or call The Arc Greater Twin Cities at 952-920-0855.