Advocate for positive change

The Arc Minnesota supports individuals with disabilities, their family members, and allies in learning about policy issues and engaging elected officials.

Through nonpartisan legislative advocacy, we support public policies founded in the principles of human & civil rights, self-advocacy & self direction, and equity & true belonging.

Alongside self-advocates, parents and family members, support professionals, and coalition partners, we work to advance policy solutions that create positive systems and social change for Minnesotans with IDD.

With questions or for more information, contact Public Policy Director Alicia Munson at

Human & Civil Rights

Upholding and protecting human and civil rights must be central to all public policy advocacy efforts alongside and on behalf of people with IDD. All people with IDD are entitled to human and civil rights including dignity, self-determination, voting, and equal opportunity in where they live, learn, work, worship, and play.

Self-Advocacy & Self Direction

Legislative advocacy efforts must reverse the history of overprotecting and involuntarily segregating people with IDD. They must create opportunities for individuals to receive respectful support and gain/retain authority to make decisions, exert control in their lives, and advocate on their own behalf.

Equity & True Belonging

Public policies must maximize inclusion and true belonging in community for people with IDD of all ages, in all areas of life. Informal supports should be robust, and formal services should be self-directed by the individual—with help from trusted people in their lives, when needed. We must work together to build a more equitable society for all people with IDD.

How You Can Take Action

Learn about current policy issues and opportunities to get involved in our email newsletter, The Capitol Connector.