Helpful Links

Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce – Organization for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, civic and general interest of the Cities of Andover, Anoka, Champlin, Dayton, Nowthen, Ramsey and St. Francis.

Anoka County CTIC – The Anoka County CTIC ((Community Transition Interagency Committee) is a group of students, parents, school staff, public and private personnel, and employers who come together monthly to discuss ways to improve the lives of young adults with disabilities (ages 14-21) transitioning from school to a successful future.

Anoka County Human Services – The mission of the Human Services Division is to enhance the community’s economic well-being, physical health, emotional health and public safety.

ARC Minnesota – Advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

CARF – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body promoting quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons receiving services.

CDC – Center for Disease Control – Developmenal Disabilities page.

Cerebral Palsy Group – Page that provides support and resources for people with Cerebral Palsy.

Courage Center – The mission of Courage Center is to empower people with physical disabilities to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life. We are guided by the vision that one day, all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities not disabilities.

Disability Benefits 101 – A Minnesota resource for people with disabilities. Includes a calculator to determine how work hours will affect benefits.

EARN – Employer Assistance and Resource Network – A resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities.

Facebook – Achieve’s own page.

Handbook for Special Needs Parenting – A helpful resource to all parents who need help overcoming the challenges of raising a child with a disability.

JAN – Job Accommodation Network – Free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Minnesota Department of Human Services – The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides health care, economic assistance and other services for people who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs.

Minnesota Disability Law Center – The Minnesota Disability Law Center addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. MDLC is designated as the state’s protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Minnesota.

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities – A state agency promoting independence, self-determination, productivity, integration and inclusion.

Minnesota State Council on Disability – An agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.

Minnesota State Legislature

Pacer Center – The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Partners in Policymaking – An innovative, competency based leadership training program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with disabilities. Partners in Policymaking was created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

STAR Services – A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) was created to identify statewide and national resources that provide funding for or loans of assistive technology in Minnesota.

Think Beyond the Label – A public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities.

Wonder Moms – Blog that offers helpful advice for parents of children with special needs. Excellent articles to help with children of all ages.

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