Ask An Advocate: Transition Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Q. My daughter is in ninth grade and has an IEP.  Her teacher said it’s time to do a transition evaluation.  What is it and why does she need one?   A. Transition is the period between ninth grade and graduation from high school or a transition program.  When a student is in ninth grade, schools […]

Thank you Minnesota State Arts Board!

Thank you Minnesota State Arts Board for supporting PhotoVoice, a hands-on educational experience to help youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities share stories through photography. The Arc sponsored the PhotoVoice sessions in 2017 and the artists’ work has been featured in gallery exhibits in 2017 and 2018. This activity is made possible by the voters […]

Ask An Advocate: Planning for School Breaks

Q. School breaks can be stressful because it’s a break in the routine. Do you have any advice on how to reduce the stress so we can enjoy the time off?   A. Families and their children are excited about the holiday season and/or school breaks; however, it can also be a stressful time. During […]

Sexuality Education Workshop

You may be aware of the staggering statistics regarding abuse and sexual assault for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The recent NPR series, Abused and Betrayed, has shed light on this important issue.    On March 8th, Mitch Gunderson-Palmer and Brian Shreifels led the Sexuality Education and Developmental Disabilities Workshop in Rochester, MN. Their training was […]

Ask An Advocate: Person-Centered Planning

Q: I worked with someone to create a person-centered plan. What part of my plan should I share with people on my team? Have you shared your plan with your team and if so what was the outcome?   A: “Good question. My person-centered plan has a lot in it that talks about what is […]

Ask An Advocate: Life After High School

Q. Hello, I’m 17 years old and a senior in high school. I don’t know exactly what I want to do after graduation. I’m feeling overwhelmed and confused. What do you suggest and how do I start this journey?   A. The Arc Minnesota offers many future planning services that can help you think about […]

Minnesota Microgrant Program Success Story – Rosemarie

Rosemarie has spent the past 12 years as a homemaker and was ready to rejoin the workforce.  She started as a stylist at Maurices in a local mall.  However, Rosemarie didn’t have the income to afford new clothing that would be appropriate for a contemporary fashion retailer.  In her application, Rosemarie said, “I would feel […]

Ask An Advocate: Sexual Abuse

Q: I have been listening to the NPR series, Abused and Betrayed, which talks about how people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a much higher rate — seven times higher — than people without disabilities. The last episode pointed out that sexual education is recognized as a critical step toward preventing abuse. Does […]

Ask An Advocate: State Quality Council

Q: What is the State Quality Council?   A: The State Quality Council is a team of people who are working to improve the quality of services provided to people with disabilities in the State of Minnesota. Council members include the Department of Human Services, people who receive disability services, the family members of people […]

Sexual Assault and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: MPR’s Cathy Wurzer Interview with Georgann Rumsey

On January 16, 2018, MPR featured an interview with Georgann Rumsey from The Arc Minnesota by MPR’s Cathy Wurzer as part of NPR’s series on sexual assault of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the United States, people with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a much higher rate — seven times higher — […]