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Organizations, products and resources

Families of children with disabilities often face a dizzying choice of adaptive products and technology. Here's a starter kit of helpful resources.

  • The PACER Center expands opportunities for children, youth and young adults with disabilities and their families to help each person reach their highest potential. 
  • The Arc Minnesota promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Family Voices of Minnesota is a parent-to-parent networking group that connects families across the state, empowering them to become advocates for children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities.
  • Through athletic, health and leadership programs, Special Olympics Minnesota helps people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.
  • The Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living advocates for a statewide network of independent living services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities throughout the state.
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers adaptive sports and adaptive camp opportunities, as well as classes, events and services for people with disabilities.
  • Help Me Connect shares services and resources in your community that will empower you to be healthy and safe. Many programs may be available on a sliding fee, covered by health insurance or free.

Check this comprehensive comparison of baby care equipment (PDF) from Through the Looking Glass, a community-based organization for families of people with disabilities. Find adaptive toys at Adaptive Tech Solutions and eSpecial Needs.

Adaptive clothing and shoes are available from retailers such as:

  • Minnesota STAR. A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) helps all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. STAR offers device demos, device loans (try before you buy) and device exchanges.
  • Technology for HOME. Technology for HOME offers person-centered assistive technology consults and technical assistance to help people with disabilities live more independently.
  • Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program. The TED Program provides adaptive phone devices to people who have difficulty using the phone. Devices are loaned for free to those who qualify, for as long as needed.
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