A New Political Landscape: 2018 Midterm Election Outcomes

Were you one of the nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans who got out and voted in Tuesday’s midterm elections? Thanks to everyone who activated their civil right to vote, this was the highest voter turnout in a midterm election in over fifteen years – since 2002!   The election resulted in some significant changes in Washington […]

Ask An Advocate: Medicare Cards

Q: I’m on Medical Assistance and Medicare and received a new Medicare card in the mail recently. I noticed my Medicare number changed and am worried it’s a scam. Is this true?   A: Luckily, it’s not a scam. New cards were sent out to individuals on Medicare starting earlier this year. The cards contain […]

Ask An Advocate: Cost of Living Options

Q: My daughter receives $750 each month in Social Security Income and is looking for a job and her own apartment. Her benefit is not enough to pay for rent, food, and clothes. Are there additional financial supports available?   A: Yes. Most individuals on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for both Minnesota Supplemental […]

Ask An Advocate: Abuse Prevention

Q: My sister is 25 years old and has Autism. She was previously in a physically abusive relationship, and I’m happy to say she is no longer in that relationship and is receiving therapy to deal with the trauma she endured. I want to help other women who have disabilities and have experienced domestic violence […]

Ask An Advocate: Why Vote?

Q.: Why bother voting? How do I find out how to vote and who I will be voting for?   A: The Arc believes that voting is very critical. Elected officials make key decisions about what programs and services are available to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those decisions can be directly influenced […]

Ask An Advocate: Acronyms

Q: I was at an annual meeting with my 22 year old son and his case manager, staff and work supervisor kept using acronyms that I found confusing, and sometimes didn’t know what they were talking about. How can I figure out what they are talking about?   A: Every profession has acronyms and jargon […]

Ask An Advocate: Medical Assistance (MA) in Minnesota

Q: I have health insurance through my work, but the monthly premium costs a lot. My case manager told me to apply for a program called Medical Assistance, but I don’t really know where to start. What does Medical Assistance do? How can I learn more?   A: Medicaid, called Medical Assistance (MA) in Minnesota, […]

We are searching for our next CEO!

We are searching for a new Chief Executive Officer to take a long-term view and lead us in our work of advancing opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   The Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Board of Directors and will provide overall vision, leadership, strategic direction and be a communication conduit […]

Ask An Advocate: Future Planning

Q: I have questions about my son’s care and quality of life in the future. He is 30 years old, has significant disabilities, and needs around-the-clock care. As his primary caregiver and guardian, I manage everything on his behalf—paperwork, medical appointments and work with his support staff so he is involved in the community, volunteering […]

Thank You to Tapemark Charity Pro-Am and the Klas & Cody Families!

In 1972, Bob Klas Sr. and Pat Cody Sr. started the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament. This three-day tournament brings professional and amateur golfers together to raise money for nonprofits that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With the guidance of the Klas and Cody families and Tapemark Corporation, along with the […]