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We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.

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Note: The groups with a star (*) next to their names sponsored an advocacy training program by Pete and Pam Wright.

American Foundation for the Blind - Midwest
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 350
Chicago, Il 60611
(312) 396-4420
E-mail: chicago@afb.net
Web: http://www.afb.org/

Arc Clay County
810 Fourth Ave., S. Room 141
Moorehead, MN 56560
Provides information to families and individuals and assists in in advocating by reviewing information and attending meetings.

Arc Great Rivers
Marianne Reich
1526 - 122nd St., Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 890-3057; (952) 890-3527 (fax)
770 Transfer Road, #26, St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 523-0876
E-mail: mreich@arcgreatrivers.com
Web: www.arcgreatrivers.com
Advocacy agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Individual & systems advocacy, information & referral, networking and support groups, Hmong & Latino outreach, family training.

Arc Hennepin-Carver
Diamond Hill Center
4301 Highway 7, Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 920-0855
FAX: (952) 920-1480
E-mail: mail@archennepin.org
Web: http://www.archennepincarver.org/
Provides information and referral, individual and systems advocacy and a variety of parent training services.

Arc Minnesota
770 Transfer Road, Suite 26
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 523-0823; (800) 582-5256 (in MN)
E-mail: mail@arcminnesota.com
Web: http://www.arcminnesota.com/
Web: http://www.thearclink.org/

Arc Northland
201 Ordean Building
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-4725; (800) 317-6475
E-mail: arcnorthland@earthlink.net

Attention Deficits Support Services
Lynne Nelson
14525 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 933-8983; Fax: 952-933-6511
Email: info@adssmn.org
Web: http://www.adssmn.org
A non-profit providing support, education, information, referral services to parents of ADHD/ADD children. A free phone help line, and workshops, support groups for fees.

Joni Baldwin
Pohi, Low Incidence, At Consultant
Minnesota State University - Mooredead Lommen Hall
Moorhead, MN 56563
(218) 236-2007
E-mail: baldsinj@mnstate.edu

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
43 Main Street, S.E., Suite 135
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-2742; (800) 669-6442 (in MN)
E-mail: info@braininjurymn.org
Web: http://www.braininjurymn.org/

CAP Project Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
430 First Avenue, N., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
(612) 332-1441

Center for Education Law, Ltd.
607 Grand Avenue, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55102
E-mail: agoetz@edlaw2000.com or mkane@edlaw2000.com
Web: www.edlaw2000.com

Center for Self-Growth and Renewal
Margo Larsen, Psychologist
600 DeMers Avenue, Suite 404
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 746-4400
Fax; (701) 746-6034
Assessment behavoir Intervention consultation with schools.

Community Ed Network on Disability (CEND)
Janis Carey Wack
Project SOAR
5621 County Rd 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 401-5077; Fax: (952) 401-5011
E-mail: Janis.careywack@minnetonka.k12.mn.us
Web: www.isd742.org, click on Community Partners, click on CEND
The Community Ed Network on Disability (CEND) provides programming and services to parents and their children via customized classes, accommodations for community ed classes, advocacy and membership on local CTIC's.

Courage Center Pediatric Department
Karen Frees, Pediatric Clinical Social Worker
Courage Center
3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Phone General: (763) 588-0811
Direct: (763) 520-0438
Fax: (763) 520-0355
Central Intake Fax: (763) 520-0392 (All therapies require a Physician's order.); tty: (763) 520-0245
E-Mail: karen.frees@courage.org
Web: http://www.courage.org
Nonprofit in-center and homebased services to children with congenital & acquired disabilities. Physical, occupational & speech therapies, behavioral management services, neuropsychological evaluation, mental health services & augmentative/adaptive evaluations.

Michael C. Davis
46 E. 4th Street
Suite 1042 Minn. Bldg.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
(651) 222-4396
E-mail: michaeljyd@usfamily.net
Web: www.davislaw.org

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
located in St. Paul, MN with a total of 8 regional offices located throughout the state.
Metro Office - (
651) 297-1316 (Voice), (651) 297-1313 (TTY)
Fax: (651) 215-6388
E-mail: dhhs.metro@state.mn.us
Web: www.dhhsd.org

DHHS offices serve Minnesotans of any age who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened or deafblind, as well as parents and family members. Services include information and referral and direct client assistance. Staff are also available to provide consultation and training to agencies to improve their program accessibility for Minnesotans with hearing loss. The Metro office, and some of the Greater MN offices, have "demonstration labs" featuring equipment used by people with a hearing loss, such as amplified telephones, TTYs, signaling devices, and assistive listening devices. Each office has a Telephone Equipment Distribution Office (TED), that provides TTYs, amplified telephones, ring signalers, and other special telephone equipment at not cost to eligible Minnesotans who have a hearing loss or are speech or mobility impaired.

NOTE: Contact information for the TED program includes:

Phone Number: 1-800-657-3663 (Voice) or 1-800-657-3513 (TTY)
Fax: (651) 215-6388
Web: www.tedprogram.org

NOTE: Contact information for the Greater MN area:

Northern Area
DHHS Duluth Office
(888) 234-1322 (Voice)
(888) 723-3344 (TTY)

DHHS NE (Virginia)
(218) 748-2253 (Voice
(218) 748-2252 (TTY)

DHHS Upper NW (Bemidji)
(888) 663-8329 (Voice/TTY)

Southern Area
DHHS Southwest (St. Peter)
(507) 931-7580 (Voice)
(507) 931-7579 (TTY)

DHHS Southeast (Rochester)
(800) 311-1148 (Voice/TTY)

Central Area
DHHS E/W Central (St. Cloud)
(800) 456-3690 (Voice/TTY)

DHHS Northwest (Fergus Falls)
(800) 456-7589 (Voice/TTY)

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
668 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 603-0720; (800) 511-3696
E-mail: dsam@mm.com
Web: www.mm.com/dsam

Due Process Hearings
If you have questions regarding hearing procedures or decisions, please contact Jim Mortenson at 651/582-8604 or Jim.Mortenson@state.mn.us

Due Process/TSES Manual - Millennium Edition

Dyslexia Institute of MN / The Reading Center
Nancy Sears
847 5th St. NW
Rochester MN 55901
(507) 288-5271; Fax: (507) 288-6424
E-mail: Read@TheReadingCenter.org
Website: www.TheReadingCenter.org
The Reading Center, a non-profit, United Way agency, has been providing educational evaluations and services for children and adults with dyslexia since 1951.

Early Childhood and Family Initiatives Team
Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55112
(651) 582-8343
E-mail: Michael.Eastman@state.mn.us
Web: http://cfl.state.mn.us/ecfi

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
2356 University Avenue, W., Suite 405
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 646-8675; (800) 779-0777
E-mail: infoefmn@mr.net
Web: www.campoz.org

Exempt Permanent Rules Relating to Special Education

Minnesota Rules, Chapter 3525 (May 30, 2000)
Statement of Justification

Special Education State Rules (Chapter 3525)

Special Education State Statutes (M.S. 125A.)
Goodwill/Easter Seals
2543 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 646-2591 (V/TTY); (800) 669-6719
E-mail: lbergstrom@goodwilleasterseals.org
Web: http://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/

Tim Pawlenty
130 State Capitol
75 Constitution Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-3391; (800) 657-3717
(651) 296-0075 (TTY); (800) 657-3598 (TTY)
Web: www.mainserver.state.mn.us/governor

Hennepin CTIC (Community Transition Interagency Committee)
Web: http://www.hennepinctic.com
CTIC helps to connect young adults (ages 14-21) with disabilities and their families to Transition related resources (Post Secondary Options, Employment, Home Living, Community Participation, Recreation and Leisure). Our focus on collaboration and support encourages empowerment of learners with disabilities as they strive to strengthen advocacy skills to navigate their life plan.

West CTIC Representative
Colleen Haggar
Phone: (952) 848-0585
Fax: (952) 938-4784
E-mail: colleen_haggar@hopkins.k12.mn.us

South CTIC Representative
Mary Dupont
Phone: (952) 806-7666
Fax: (952) 806-7621
E-mail: mdupont@bloomington.k12.mn.us

NW CTIC Representative
Kim Johnson
Phone: (952) 920-0855
Fax: (952) 920-1480
E-mail: johnsonkim@archennepin.org

c/o Sonja Kerr, Esq.
5972 Cahill Avenue South Suite 110
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Email: info@kerrlaw.com
Website: www.kerrlaw.com

LDA Learning Center
4301 Highway 7, Suite 160
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 922-8374
Fax: (952) 922-8102
E-mail: df@ldalearningcenter.com
Web: www.ldalearningcenter.com
Provides assessment, tutoring, transition services, training, consulting, and products for instruction for children and adults with learning disabilities and difficulties.

The Learning Clinic
3544 Toboggan Road
PO Box 81135
Billings, MN 59108-1135
(406) 259-3110
E-mail: info@learningclinic.com
Web: www.learningclinic.com

Learning Disabilities Program
Family Service
166 Fourth Street, E., Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1464
(651) 222-0311; (800) 488-4395 (in MN)
(800) 982-2303
E-mail: fsldp@compuserve.com
Web: http://www.familyinc.org

Meld Special Coordinator
219 North Second Street, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332.7563 ext. 117
E-mail: slaski@meld.org
Web: www.meld.org
Meld is a nationally recognized program providing education and support to parents of children (ages birth to 12) with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Mental Health Association of Minnesota
2021 E. Hennepin Avenue, Suite 412
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 331-6840
E-mail: info@mentalhealthmn.org
Web: http://www.mentalhealthmn.org/

Sheila Merzer, Autism Consultant
4820 Minnetonnka Blvd., Suite 200
St. Louis Park, MN 55716
(952) 928-2811
E-mail: smerzer@sd.net

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
1600 University Avenue West, Suite 16
St. Paul, MN 55104-3834
(651) 646-8342; (651) 603-2001 (TTY)
Web: http://www.mcil-mn.org/

Minnesota Alternative Dispute Resolution
340 Centennial Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 297-4635
E-mail: Patricia.Mcginnis@state.mn.us

Minnesota Assistive Technology Guidelines

Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs
Minnesota Department of Health
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 400
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
(651) 215-8956; (800) 728-5420
Web: http://www.health.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Human Services Building
444 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-3814
(612) 297-7305 (V/TTY)
E-mail: mary.hartnett@state.mn.us

Minnesota Congress of Parents, Teachers and Students
1557 Coon Rapids Boulevard, N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 767-8181
E-mail: mn_office@pta.org
Web: www.familyeducation.com/mn/state_pta

Minnesota Department Education
712 Capitol Square Building
550 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(612) 296-2358 FAX: (612) 282-5892
Web: http://education.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Department of Education
Division of Special Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8289; (651) 582-8201 (TTY)
E-mail: norena.hale@state.mn.us
Web: http://education.state.mn.us/stellent/groups/public/documents/translatedcontent/pub_mde_home.jsp

Minnesota Disability Law Center
430 First Avenue, N., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
(612) 332-1441
E-mail: aroberts@midmnlegal.org phoopes@midmnlegal.org
Web: www.mnlegalservices.org/

Minnesota Governorís Council on Developmental Disabilities
370 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-4018; (651) 297-9962 (TTY)
E-mail: admin.dd@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mncdd.org/
Web: http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/

Minnesota Intensive Early Intervention Program
FEAT of Minnesota
15612 Highway 7, Suite D260
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: (952) 238-9063
E-mail: info@featofmn.org
Website: http://www.featofmn.org/
Director: Eric Larsson, Ph.D.

Minnesota On-Line Special Needs Directory
Email: coop0001@tc.umn.edu
Website: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~coop0001/

Minnesota Promising Practices for the Identification of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(PDF Document Only)
Download: http://cfl.state.mn.us/SPECED/guidelines/autism.pdf

Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visual Impairments
Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning
P.O. Box 308
Faribault, MN 55021-0308
(507) 332-5510; (800) 657-3859 (In MN)
E-mail: Jean.Martin@state.mn.us

Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning
P.O. Box 308
Faribault, MN 55021-0308
(507) 332-5491 (V/TTY); (800) 657-3936 (V/TTY)
E-mail: mary.cashman-bakken@state.mn.us

Minnesota Special Education Website

Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association
P.O. Box 26115
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 920-0787
E-mail: msha@incnet.com
Web: http://www.msha.net/

Minnesota STAR Program
Room 309 50 Sherburne Ave
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-2771 (V); (800) 657-3862 (V)
(651) 296-9478 (TTY); (800) 657-3895 (TTY)
E-mail: star.program@state.mn.us
Web: www.admin.state.mn.us/assistivetechnology

NAMI-Minnesota (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 105
St. Paul, MN 55114-1146
(651) 645-2948; (888) 473-0237
E-mail: nami-mn@nami.org
Web: www.nami.org/namimn

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
(612) 624-2097; Fax: (612) 624-9344
E-mail: ncset@umn.edu
Web: http://www.ncset.org

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
100 E. 22nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2514
(612) 872-0100
E-mail: info@blindinc.org
Web: http://www.blindinc.org/

318 3rd Street NW
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
(218) 773-6100; toll free (800) 726-3692
Fax: (218) 773-7119
E-mail: options@rrv.net

PACER Center, Inc.
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044
Email: pacer@pacer.org
Website: www.pacer.org

Parent Partnership Project
Carolyn Ouradnik
910 Ash Ave NE
Wadena, MN 56482
1-877-352-6772 toll free
E-mail: ouradnik@brainerd.net
Fax: 218-631-3588
One to one parent support, small group and retreat trainings, assistance with and at meetings, information about local and state services. No cost to parents.

Part C-Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8436; (651) 582-8201 (TTY)
E-mail: jan.rubenstein@state.mn.us
Web: http://cfl.state.mn.us/ecfi

Pilot Parents
201 Ordean Bldg.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 726-4725

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
ECSE Specialist
Community Collaboration Team
Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning
986 Capitol Square Building
550 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Interagency Early Intervention Project for
Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families
Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning
Capitol Square Bldg., Room 927
550 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(612) 296-7032

Tracy Reid-Selth
Attorney at Law
Education Law Office
842 Raymond Avenue, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55114

Debra Schipper, M.Ed., ASD Specialist
West Metro Learning Connections
355 Second Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
(952) 474-0227; Fax: 952-474-0249
E-mail: connectskills@wmlearningconnections.com
Web: www.wmlearningconnections.com
"A Center for Academic and Social Development and Support", Serving ages 4-24 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Related Conditions and Social Skills Needs

Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders
28 West Second Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Telephone: (218) 720-3911
E-mail: srclinic@cpinternet.com

SLD Companion Manual
(PDF Document Only)
Download: http://cfl.state.mn.us/SPECED/guidelines/SLD_companion.pdf

Southwest Christian High School
Ann Broscoff, M. ED. Director of Special Education
103 Peavey Road, Chaska, MN 55318
Phone Numbers: (952) 556-0040, fax (952) 556-5567
E-mail: a_broscoff@swchs.org
Web: www.swchs.org
We offer academic assessment, consultation, and NILD educational therapy services to students enrolled in our grades 9-12 program and to the community at large.

Special Education Compliance

Special Education Complaints

Special Education Publications

Special Education | Rulemaking Project

Spina Bifida Association of Minnesota
P.O. Box 29323
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429-0323
(651) 222-6395
E-mail: jsthayer@uswest.net

State Agency for the Visually Impaired
State Services for the Blind
Department of Economic Security
2200 University Avenue, W., Suite 240
St. Paul, MN 55114-1840
(651) 642-0500; (800) 652-9000
Web: www.des.state.mn.us/other.htm

State Developmental Disabilities Program
Community Support for Minnesotans with Disabilities
Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-3872
(651) 582-1927
E-mail: steven.d.larson@state.mn.us

State Mental Health Agency
Department of Human Services
Human Services Building
444 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-3844
(651) 297-3209
E-mail: Maria.Gomez@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/

State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth
Children's Mental Health Division
Department of Human Services
Human Services Building
444 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-3860
(651) 215-1382

State-Recommnded Forms for special ed (due process included)

Success in Motion
2100 1st Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 250-5097
E-mail: SuccessIMOT@aol.com
Success In Motion offers Occupational Therapy, including Sensory Integration Therapy, Interactive Metronome Training, CranioSacral Therapy and more for children.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Rehabilitation Services Branch
Department of Economic Security
390 N. Robert Street, 5th Floor
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-7510
E-mail: howard.glad@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.des.state.mn.us/

The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
165 Western Avenue, Suite 2
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 644-7333; (800) 528-4511 (In MN)
E-mail: dsaxhaug@macmh.org
Web: http://www.macmh.org/

Twin Cities Autism Society, Inc.
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 101
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 647-1083
E-mail: mpowell@goldengate.net
Web: http://www.tcas.org/

University Center For Excellence on Developmental Disabilities
ICI Institute on Community Integration
Minnesota’s University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University of Minnesota
102 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-6300
E-mail: info@icimail.umn.edu
Web: http://ici.umn.edu/

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota
Griggs-Midway Building
1821 University Avenue, S., Suite S-219
St. Paul, MN 55104-2892
(651) 646-7588; (800) 328-4827, ext. 1437
E-mail: ucpmn@isd.net

VSA arts of Minnesota
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3888; (800) 801-3883
E-mail: mn@vsarts.org
Web: http://mn.vsarts.org/

Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities
Secondary Vocational Education Specialist
State Board of Vocational, Technical Education
Capitol Square Bldg.,
550 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(612) 296-1085

Willow Tree Teaching Tools
Debbie Johnson
2286 185th Street East
Jordan, MN 55352
(952) 447-0935
Fax: (952) 447-0935
E-mail: willowtr@mninter.net
Web: http://www.willowtreetools.com
Offering Manipulatives and Mobile Cart System suitable for mainstreaming for children with Autism or other Developmental Delays

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