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Advocacy Partners

The Minnesota Safe Schools For All Coalition is a group of education, disability, youth, faith, civil rights, and social service organizations, as well as individuals, who support the passage of comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to strengthen existing Minnesota’s inadequate bullying and harassment law. The Coalition believes that all students deserve a safe schools environment free from bullying and harassment.

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities provides 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.  

Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program for parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. The program, created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with those who make policy decisions about services. 

The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations representing persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. MN-CCD addresses public policy issues that affect people with disabilities by collaborating with others, advocating, educating, influencing change and creating awareness for understanding. AuSM is a coalition member. 

The Coalition for Children with Disabilities is comprised of eight statewide organizations representing over 121,000 children with disabilities in Minnesota. The Coalition is dedicated to protecting the rights and services of children with disabilities and their families. Through their collective experience, the Coalition is able to work for solutions to address problems and concerns related to special education. AuSM is a coalition member. 

The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. AuSM and The Arc MN collaborate on many advocacy efforts, and The Arc MN website public policy page has information on current issues affecting individuals with I/DD and tips for sharing personal stories with policymakers.  

The Minnesota Legislature website has many useful methods for finding information that a good advocate needs. Helpful features include Who Represents Me, Bill Search and Status, My Bills, Combined Meetings and many more.

The PACER Center is a funded parent center providing support and advocacy for children with disabilities and their families.

Autism Society of America (ASA), in partnership with our over 100 local and state affiliates, has supported millions of individuals and families impacted by autism. ASA envisions individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. AuSM is an affiliate of ASA.