Adult Self-Advocacy Services
Self-advocacy or person-centered programs are for individuals with disabilities. Activities in this category include self-advocacy training groups, advocacy services, and guardianship & conservatorship.
The goal of these groups is to provide individuals who have disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to be as independent as possible, advocate for their own needs, and build connections with their communities.
People First Group: This is a self-advocacy group for men and women with disabilities that works to give them a voice within the community. Once a month, group members meet to discuss a variety of topics that lead to success. Speakers come to encourage and remind members that they are a vital part of the community and their concerns matter. Some of the speakers have come from PAVSA, the Police Department, and social work organizations. The discussions provide advice on safety, caregiver abuse, healthy lifestyles, and self-advocacy. People First also hosts an annual dinner dance and a holiday social.
People First meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in conference rooms B&C in the Ordean Building
What I Need to Know (W.I.N.K.): This group is for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are thinking of moving out of adult foster care and their family home or for those who just want to increase skills. Each section of the W.I.N.K. group covers topics that increase safety and success leading to more independence.
W.I.N.K. meets from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in conference rooms B&C in the Ordean Building
Arc staff can provide advocacy to support individuals with disabilities in exercising their rights, problem-solving, and accessing appropriate services.
Guardianship & Conservatorship
Arc staff can send out information to guide families and individuals through the guardianship process. This information will help you decide whether or not guardianship/conservatorship is right for you.
Additional information on Guardianship and Conservatorship:
Guardianship and Conservatorship, Presentation [PDF]
Guardianship and Conservatorship, Minnesota Manual [PDF]