MN APSE Partnerships
MN ASPE could not accomplish its mission of making employment first a prefered outcome for individuals with disabilities alone. We are part of an abundant community rich with knowledge, expertise, and creativity.
The Arc Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization. The mission of The Arc Minnesota is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc Minnesota and local chapters of The Arc provide crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connect them with resources, and stand with them when they need an advocate.
Partnering with MN APSE and the Employment First Coalition, AuSM secured grant funding through the Bush Foundation to support activites around the promotion of integrated and competitive employment and post secondary education opportunities for youth with disabilities.
Employment First Coalition
The Minnesota Employment First Coalition is a group of professionals, families, and advocates who are committed to making the vision of Employment First a reality in Minnesota. The Employment First Coalition provides legislative action and guidance for MN APSE.
CSN is dedicated to individual empowerment, education, community building, and systems change to achieve a world free of discrimination.
Minnesotans with disabilities want to work. However, many people with disabilities fear that if they go to work, they’ll lose needed health care and other disability benefits. With DB101 people can explore different ways to balance benefits and work.
DB101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan.
Friends of MN APSE
MN APSE maintains close ties with a variety of community members and professionals who are interested and passionate about making employment the first and prefered option for Minnesotans with disabilities.
The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is the designated Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for Minnesota and addresses the unique legal needs of Minnesotans with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on legal issues related to their disabilities.
Minnesota Employment Training and Technical Assistance Support Center (MNTAT) The mission of MNTAT is to design and broker state of the art person-centered employment training and technical assistance to increase the participation of all Minnesotans, especially people with disabilities, in the workforce.
The purpose of MEPI is to develop leadership and facilitate dialogue around disability and employment policy that will result in the increased employment of Minnesotans with disabilities in the competitive labor force and promote Minnesota’s value proposition: “We need everyone in the workforce for businesses to thrive and communities to prosper.”
Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
On January 28, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order establishing an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive Minnesota Olmstead Plan.
The Work Incentives Connection provides specialized answers about the impact of work on government benefits. Armed with clear, accurate information about their options, people with disabilities can make informed and confident decisions about employment.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor’s FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy.
Minnesota’s Pathways to Employment (PTE) program brings together employers, businesses, government, and service providers to help increase competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to meet state workforce needs. PTE has been funded by a comprehensive employment Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funded through the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
Through a collaborative effort, Project C3 connects communities to services in Minnesota through facilitated collaboration, resource mapping, training, and advocacy for solutions to transition, employment, and accessing post-secondary education.
The Institute on Community Integration is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.
Several ICI projects focus on ways state service agencies promote inclusion and participation for people with disabilities. Topics include trends data, policy analysis, case studies, and how-to materials for agencies undergoing change.
Worksupport is a web portal that highlights our funded projects on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Promoting Equitable Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities
Through Innovation, Training and Technical Assistance.