Ways We Can Help

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families contact The Arc for information and personal support. Advocates at The Arc have the experience and knowledge to help you. Select a topic below for more information.


Arc Guides

The Arc Guides (pdfs) provide helpful information on a wide range of topics. The most frequently requested Arc Guides have been translated into Spanish. Feel free to make copies. If you reproduce information from the Arc Guides, please credit The Arc Minnesota. Click here


Ask An Advocate

The Arc provides one-to-one intensive support for adults with disabilities and family members. Advocates at The Arc provide free consultation by phone, email or in person. Click here


Abuse Prevention

Individuals with disabilities are at far greater risk for abuse than people without disabilities. The Arc provides training and resources for people with disabilities and those who support them. Click here


Community Engagement

The Arc creates connections for parents, caregivers, and siblings through networking groups and civic engagement opportunities. Click here



Special education advocacy addresses academic issues and participation in the school community. Advocates provide coaching, strategies and information to empower parents and guardians to advocate for their family member.  Click here



The Employing People with Disabilities Video Series and Resources provides employers with valuable information to expand the diversity of workforces and positively impact organizations.  The program also offers valuable information for individuals seeking employment.  Click here


Government Benefits

The Arc can help in determining eligibility and applying for government benefits that are available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Personal Care Assistance (PCA), Social Security and Waivered Services.  Click here



When an individual turns 18, they are considered a legal adult and their own guardian whether or not they have a disability. The Arc assist families in learning the basics of guardianship. Click here


Health Care Assistance

The Arc provides support in obtaining Medical Assistance and navigating the health care system. Advocates at The Arc are certified MNsure Navigators who can help you understand and apply for benefit programs. Click here.



People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families face many barriers in finding a housing option that works best for them. The Arc provides resources and assistance in finding or maintaining affordable, integrated housing in the community. Click here


Housing Access Services

Since 2009, Housing Access Services (HAS) has moved 1,974 people to homes of their own. The MN Department of Human Services contracts with The Arc Minnesota to provide Housing Access Services. Adults who have been assessed as eligible for certain Minnesota Medicaid home care or state plan services can receive HAS. Click here.


Minnesota Microgrant Partnership

The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership offers modest grants to persons with disabilities who have financial barriers. The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership is eager to help Minnesotans with disabilities achieve person-centered goals for integrated, competitive employment, inclusive housing, and increased community integration. This program is administered by The Arc Minnesota and is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Click here.


Planning Your Future

The Arc has many different planning options that use a person-centered approach including FutureLife Options™, a comprehensive planning for the future of a person with a disability. Click here


Master Pooled Trust is a planning service offered by The Arc Minnesota


The Arc Minnesota Master Pooled Trust can help provide future financial security for individuals with disabilities, whether it’s yourself, your child, a family member or a friend, while not affecting the person’s eligibility for means-tested benefits, such as SSI or MA. Click here.



Self-advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and the things that matter to you.  The Arc provides leadership development and public policy engagement for adults with disabilities. Click here


A Working Life Alliance

A Working Life Alliance provides job seekers and family supporters up-to-date information and help them connect to people and resources so they can find and keep the job they want.  The project will do this through workshops; online resources; demonstration projects; and learning communities where job seekers can share experiences, information, and encouragement. Click here.



How Do I Get More Information?

For more information, please submit your question to Ask an Advocate or call The Arc at 952-920-0855 or toll-free at 833.450.1494.