Minnesota
This bill requires the Office of Higher Education to provide all residents (and their families) beginning in 7th grade with information about planning and preparing for postsecondary opportunities, including postsecondary education options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This bill: 1. Establishes Employment First and self-direction policies for the state and reconfigures waiver programs to align with those policies; 2. Requires case managers and support service providers to help waiver recipients identify employment services providers, identify opportunities for competitive employment and understand options for transitioning from day services to employment services; and 3. Expands funding for consumer-directed community supports participants and waiver participants who require additional supports.
This bill enables school districts and special education cooperatives to establish community transition interagency committees for youth with disabilities, which can (among other things) identify services, programs and funding sources within the community that prepare secondary and postsecondary aged youth for further education, employment (including integrated competitive employment) and independent living.
This bill allocates funding for rate increases to providers of extended employment services for people with severe disabilities. It further requires the Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Labor and Industry and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, to develop a customized training program for skilled manufacturing industries and to actively recruit individuals with disabilities (among other disadvantaged groups) for the program.
This bill: 1. Establishes Employment first priorities; 2. Establishes a Task Force for Eliminating Subminimum Wages; and 3. Provides grants for a range of disability employment purposes, including: • Conducting family outreach and education on transitioning from subminimum wage employment to competitive employment; • Providing intensive treatment and support (including employment support) for adolescents and adults experiencing a first psychotic episode; and • Delivering peer-led skill training sessions to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand community service options related to employment, education and transportation.
This bill allocates funding for a pilot program to increase competitive employment opportunities for transition-age youth ages 18-21, which includes training around job-seeking skills, workplace orientation and job site knowledge. In operating the pilot program, the grant recipient is required to collaborate with schools, disability providers, jobs and training organizations, vocational rehabilitation providers and employers.
This bill requires various agencies to develop a collaborative action plan to increase the community integration of people with disabilities, including through competitive employment, with a focus on aligning policies and funding. It further requires Assertive Community Service teams, which provide treatment and rehabilitative mental health services, to provide employment services and include a full-time vocational specialist.
This bill appropriates funding to provide financial assistance to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who attend a Minnesota postsecondary institution. It further requests that the University of Minnesota-Morris offer an academic program for students with IDD that includes peer mentoring, financial literacy training and an internship, apprenticeship or other skills-based experience to prepare students for meaningful employment.
This program provides curriculum modifications and special equipment to enable students with disabilities to participate in state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) work-based learning (WBL) programs.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education, Career and Technical Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Administration, System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides personalized assistance and recommendations, as well as demonstrations, of different assistive technology devices to help deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and late-deafened live more independently and safely.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps students with visual impairment plan and prepare for future work, study, and independent living. The program offers assistance around technology, career exploration, work experience, adjustment to blindness training, and peer connections.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), State Services for the Blind (SSB)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), State Services for the Blind (SSB)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs include a Summer Comprehensive Training Program and a College Experience Program, which prepare blind and visually impaired students for college and enable them to experience the college environment.
Operating Entity: BLIND, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Discapacitados Abriendose Caminos
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs are located throughout the state and provide job placement, supported employment, self-advocacy training, and more to individuals with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division (DSD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This 12-credit certificate program enables graduate students and community professionals to learn about policies and services that affect the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities, including as it pertains to education, employment, community living, and health. The program is a collaborative effort with the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).
Operating Entity: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration (ICI)
Entity Type: College / University
This five-day camp is designed to expose middle school girls with disabilities (6th-9th grades in the fall) to STEM topics, including hands-on activities and experiments.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These services help individuals with visual impairment or blindness develop the skills and confidence to join the workforce. Services include job readiness and skills assessments, career exploration and counseling, job shadowing, job coaching, and more.
Operating Entity: BLIND, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists participants in exploring goals and strengths, building employment and career readiness skills, shadowing professionals and trying out jobs, and succeeding in their roles.
Operating Entity: Goodwill/Easterseals Minnesota (GESMN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides employment support to individuals with significant disabilities. The program works with community rehabilitation providers to provide long-term support services to help individuals keep their jobs or advance their careers.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps people with serious and persistent mental health illnesses find work. Services include functional assessment, individualized career planning, job skill acquisition, job placement, job development, and non-time-limited supports necessary to maintain and advance in employment. It is a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program teaches transition skills to youth (ages 14 to 21) who have visual impairment or blindness. Topics include self-exploration, career exploration, writing job applications and resumes, and succeeding at work.
Operating Entity: Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This project serves families and educators to help them better support deafblind students, including around topics like transition to adulthood. It is a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Metro Educational Cooperative Service Unit (ECSU), and a range of community partners throughout the state.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
MEC provides career solutions and customized support for the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard-of-Hearing communities. Services include resume and cover letter development, job search assistance, ongoing job coaching and more. MEC is a collaboration between Rise Incorporated and Lifetrack.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
MnSIC was formed to develop and implement the system of services for youth who are involved in special education. It brings together seven state agencies (the Minnesota Departments of Education, Employment and Economic Development, Commerce, Corrections, Health, Human Rights, and Human Services) and focuses on issues like coordinating transition services in Minnesota Public Schools.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is designed to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities by providing technical assistance to 12 provider agencies over the course of the two-year program.
Operating Entity: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration (ICI)
Entity Type: College / University
MYP serves low-income and at-risk youth (including those with disabilities) by providing hands-on opportunities to apply skills they learn in the classroom and engage in career exploration and counseling, work readiness skills, and financial literacy training. Nearly half of participants have a disability.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Youth Development
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to immigrants and refugees with disabilities. The New Americans team consists of a lead rehabilitation counselor and two community liaison representatives.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 16 midwestern and western states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: WI FACETS
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This residential summer program provides Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind students with trainings and activities to increase independence in their school, home, community and work environments. This includes job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, and more.
Operating Entity: Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Entity Type: Other
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides individual assistance, workshops, resources, and more to help youth and young adults with disabilities pursue meaningful careers, live as independently as possible, and enjoy inclusion at work and in the community. Guidance and information is also offered to families, and focuses on transition, employment, the role of vocational rehabilitation counselors, and more.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This eight-week course helps individuals with disabilities build job skills for the retail industry, through an average of 10 hours of paid training per week. This includes hands-on work experience, employment readiness training, job placement assistance, and instruction on various topics.
Operating Entity: Goodwill/Easterseals Minnesota (GESMN)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program works to make technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities through technology consultations, a lending library, training sessions, and in-services and workshops to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides vocational services for high school students, through two Vocational Rehabilitation Services staff members assigned to every high school, as well as through Pre-Employment Transition Services. Services include assessment, vocational evaluation, training, rehabilitation counseling, assistive technology, job placement, and post-employment assistance.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides students with visual impairment with independent living experiences, skills training, and career exploration activities, including two- to four-week work experiences. Activities include recording elevator pitches for employers, engaging in mock interviews, developing a resume, and completing a technology evaluation. The program is housed at St. Thomas University.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education, Special Education Division
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers structured work experiences and related services to youth receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits. In 2019, 18% of participants had a disability. This project is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and the Minnesota Association of Workforce Boards (MAWB).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program includes a series of workshops to help youth adults with disabilities gain exposure to technology, engineering, and math concepts in a comfortable, inclusive, and hands-on setting. Topics include coding video games, websites, 3D printing, and robotics.
Operating Entity: PACER Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This 5-year project is designed to increase effective family engagement with culturally and linguistically diverse families, with a focus on families of children with disabilities. The project provides strategies, activities, tools and resources for educators and families. It is a collaboration between the PACER Center, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps Spanish-speaking youth with disabilities plan for their transitions.
Operating Entity: Discapacitados Abriendose Caminos
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides job counseling, on-the-job training, transportation assistance, employment accommodations, and more to individuals with disabilities who live on or near the White Earth Reservation. Individuals who work at least 20 hours per week or who are full-time students are eligible for these services.
Operating Entity: White Earth Nation, Division of Human Services
Entity Type: Other
This program serves opportunity youth, including those with disabilities, by providing comprehensive employment and training services, including work-based learning, an introduction to career pathways, assistance attaining recognized credentials, and wraparound support services.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Youth Development
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Goodwill-Easterseals Minnesota
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs are designed to help prepare youth with visual impairment or blindness for college, the workforce, and independent living. They include the PREP residential summer program and various other transition-themed programs.
Operating Entity: BLIND, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This is a document with questions and answers about early childhood development for students with disabilities during COVID-19. Specifically, it discusses the process by which families can apply and join the "Help Me Grow" program, a completely online program in which youth with disabilities receive developmental assistance.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota created a document with resources for families who have a student with disabilities during COVID-19. These resources include learning activities for students with disabilities, mental health assistance for special education families, tips for dealing with the stress of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and virtual support services for students with disabiliteis.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education
This a guidance document to help families who have young children with disabilities during COVID-19. The document consists of links to both information for parents of children with disabilities and virtual servcies and resources for families of children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education
This is a document with guidance for parents along with frequently asked questions regarding special education during COVID-19. It explains what distance learning is, how schools will adjust distance learning to accomodate for students with disabilities, and how families can best engage with the distance learning process for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education
This is a document with questions and answers about special education during COVID-19. It discusses eligibility for extended school year services, requirements and processes for IEP teams to make necessary COVID-19-related adjustments to IEP plans, and legal requirements for schools to remain in accordance with both Minnesota and federal law when providing additional virtual services to students with disabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education
This document contains questions and answers regarding special education during COVID-19. It provides information regarding the legal requirements for providing additional educational services for students on an IEP, scheduling adjustments for students with disabilities, and both legal and logistical information to help students with disabilities and their families adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic
Operating Entity: Minnesota Department of Education