Today Marks the Beginning of National Disability Voter Registration Week!

Today marks the beginning of National Disability Voter Registration Week! It’s critically important that members of the disability community feel educated and empowered to vote in the upcoming elections, and the first thing to do is register! https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voti…/register-to-vote                     For more voter resources, check out our new […]

Help Shape Our 2019 Legislative Agenda!

Input from public policy advocates, members of The Arc, and Minnesotans with intellectual and developmental disabilities is crucial each year in creating our legislative agenda and deciding where to focus our public policy advocacy efforts at the State Capitol.   We also depend on this feedback to determine the best ways to communicate and disseminate policy […]

Ask and Advocate: Bullying at School

Q: I have an 11 year old son who has a diagnosis of Autism. He is being bullied by other students in school and unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the school is willing to do much about it. What can I do? A: Unfortunately, children with disabilities are at higher risks of being bullied. Addressing […]

Ask an Advocate: Additional Services from School

Question:  My son is 11 and has Down Syndrome. He gets special education services from our local school. I am wondering if there are any other services that may be available to him and our family?    Answer:  Our Arc guides are a good a place to begin to learn about services and supports. They […]

Ask an Advocate: What Does Person-Centered Mean?

To be person centered is to put everything that makes a person who they are first, rather than looking at their disability first. All people have relationships, hopes, dreams, strengths, fears, things that work for them, and things that don’t work—and this is what makes them who they are! Person centered thinking supports people in […]

Kim Keprios to Leave CEO Position at The Arc Minnesota

Kim Keprios, with the support of The Arc Minnesota Board of Directors, has announced her resignation as CEO of The Arc Minnesota, effective June 15.   “After 36 rewarding, humbling, joyful and challenging years with The Arc Greater Twin Cities and The Arc Minnesota, and with the support of the Board of Directors, I have […]

Ask An Advocate: What is a Master Pooled Trust?

Q: What is a Master Pooled Trust?   A : Master Pooled Trust is a financial planning tool that assists family members to plan for the future of a family member with a disability by assisting the person to be able to keep their governmental benefits. It can also be used when an individual with […]

The Arc Mission of the Year Awards

  At the annual meeting in May, 2018, The Arc Minnesota recognized seven individuals and organizations with the agency’s Leader of the Year Awards.  These honors recognize contributions that further The Arc Minnesota’s mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families and advocating for their human rights.   Karen Powell […]

Ask An Advocate: Sports Participation

Q: My daughter is eight and has Down syndrome.  She loves to play baseball.  Where can I find a program for her this summer?   A: Summer sports are listed in the community education, school district or local parks and recreation websites.  You can also check with the YMCA or YWCA.  Your child may be […]