Your Participation in the 2020 Census is Critical

By April 2020, you will be asked to participate in the 2020 Census. Over the next ten years, census counts will be used to determine funding for programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), transportation planning, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, civil rights and advocacy programs, education and student loans, and the number of congressional districts in Minnesota.

MCD encourages full participation for everyone in the 2020 Census so that we can maintain funding in these critical areas.

The Census Bureau has identified people with disabilities as a group that is “hard-to-count,” mainly because past versions of the Census were inaccessible. This year the Census will be digitally accessible. For more information, visit MCD’s 2020 Census page.

Participating in the Census does not make your information public. According to Title 13 of US Code, data collected for the Census is secure and safe. Information from the Census is not shared with any other government entity.

For assistance in filling out the census, please go to your local Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Olmstead Now Accepting Public Comments

MCD shares the following information on behalf of the Olmstead Implementation Office (OIO):

The vision of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan is that people with disabilities are living, learning, working and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. We want Minnesotans with disabilities to live their best lives.

In Fall 2019, OIO collected comments about what was working with the Olmstead Plan and how it could be improved. In December 2019, state agencies proposed draft amendments to ensure that its goals continue to meet the needs of people with disabilities in Minnesota.

The public has until January 31, 2020 to provide feedback on these draft amendments.

Visit Minnesota’s Olmstead page to learn how to provide public comments.

Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol

The Disability Community believes that all Minnesotans with disabilities must have equity and belonging in their community. Together, we must uphold disability rights as human rights.

  • Equity: People with disabilities must have access to opportunity and robust supports that help ensure they will succeed in all areas of life.
  • Belonging in Community: People with disabilities must be meaningfully included in their communities; living, working and thriving.
  • Human Rights: People with disabilities must have civil, political, social, and cultural rights and live free from discrimination.

Join us as we March and Roll on the Capitol:
Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. to noon

Activities include:

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Registration and Poster Making, MnDOT Cafeteria
  • 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – Roll and March to the Capitol
  • 11:00 to 11:40 a.m. – Rally at the Capitol Rotunda

To register, contact The Arc Minnesota at 952.920.0855.

For more information, follow Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol’s Facebook page.

Housing Access Coordinator Position

Arc Northland has a full-time opening for a Housing Access Coordinator.  Please see the attached job description for more information.  To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Laurie Berner at

Housing Access Services Coordinator Job Description



Advocates Host Call-In Day for ABLE Age Adjustment Act

On Thursday, November 14, The Arc of the US and partner organizations will host a call-in day in support of the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. For the past five years, Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts have allowed millions of people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing access to needed benefits. However, millions of people aren’t eligible because they did not acquire their disability before age 26. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would raise the maximum age from before 26 to before 46, making six million additional people eligible. As a result, ABLE programs will become more solvent. To RSVP or find more information, visit the event Facebook page.



Seeking Board Members

Arc Northland currently has open positions on the Board of Directors for an individual with a marketing/communications background and an individual with legal background.  For more information please contact Laurie Berner, Executive Director at



Free App to Help You Tell Your Story to Public Officials

Partners in Policymaking has a great app available to help you compose and practice your personal story to present to elected public officials or other policymakers. Learn the best ways to introduce yourself and talk about your issue, record and practice your story, and include a photo if you would like.