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The MN Council on Developmental Disabilities

Apply Now! | Partners in Policymaking Class 39 

The MN Council on Development Disabilities is now accepting applications for the Partners in Policymaking Class 39 advocacy and leadership training program developed by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

What is Partners in Policymaking?

The Partners program was created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities 35 years ago and has been offered nationally and internationally. Through informative and interactive sessions, Partners teaches leadership skills and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other policymakers who make decisions about the services that you and/or your family use. Partners is accessible, informative and empowering. Since 1987, more than 1,100 self-advocates and parents have graduated in Minnesota.


To participate, the Partners program requires:

  • a commitment to attend all eight sessions
  • an interest in learning and practicing new skills in a comfortable and safe environment
  • a desire to build and strengthen a network of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences
  • a willingness to learn from national and state experts who share our vision and values

Who can apply?

The program is designed for parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities.

How do I apply?

For a list of frequently asked questions, list of session dates and locations, as well as apply online, visit the Class 39 website at To request a hard copy application, email Brenton Rice and

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 9, 2021. Application decisions will be made by August 13, 2021.

Still Have Questions? Contact:

Brenton Rice

Partners in Policymaking Coordinator

P:  651.242.6589


A: 1730 New Brighton Blvd, Suite 104  Minneapolis, MN 55413 – #237


ADA 31st Anniversary: Celebrating Resilience!

July 26, 2021

Mark your calendars and save the date for a virtual ADA 31st Anniversary Event

Celebration and inspiration rule the day as we mark the 31st Anniversary of the ADA. This free, online event will feature an afternoon of informative, engaging, and entertaining speakers and performances from across our state. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will welcome attendees and share ways the Zenith City of the north is working to ensure greater accessibility for all its residents and visitors. NAMI Minnesota’s Executive Director Sue Abderholden will reflect on ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with disabilities and the resilience shown by so many in these challenging times. Peter Berg, Project Manager with the Great Lakes ADA Center, will discuss the transformation to teleworking as a vital accessibility accommodation during the pandemic. And the BOLD-choice Theater Company will share a message of acceptance, diversity, and personal pride through a poignant theatrical performance.

This virtual event is free, open to the public, and will offer audio descriptions, ASL, and CART and provide other accommodations as requested.

Additional presenters to be announced shortly. For updates and more details, visit and the Event Facebook Page.

Thank you to the ADA 31st Anniversary Planning Committee members for their work and dedication in making this event possible.

Arc Northland’s 70th Anniversary, Thursday, October 21, 2021

Can you believe it?  Arc Northland will turn 70 years old in 2021.  On March 9, 1951 the first meeting of the Friends of Arc was held.  Arc Northland was officially incorporated in November of 1952.

We have been and continue to be committed in our work of supporting people with disabilities of all ages, family members and other supporters.  We will be celebrating our  multi-decade, tireless work of Arc Northland as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please stay tuned to this page – we’ll keep you updated with information about the 70th Anniversary as plans come together!

Arc Northland offers a variety of services to help and support individuals and families with disabilities throughout Northeastern Minnesota.


We are successful in advocating for people with disabilities and their families because of the support of local businesses and community members.
Please consider making a contribution that will improve the future for people of all ages with disabilities throughout Northeastern Minnesota.


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