Student Support Links and Community Connections

Community Support Information

Schools are responsible for the educational needs of students. Some students with disabilities, and their families, have needs that extend beyond the school. The information in this section is intended to provide an overview of some resources outside the schools.

Canvas Health
Canvas Health is dedicated to bringing hope, healing and recovery to people’s lives.  They achieve this by helping children, adolescents and families who struggle with mental health, chemical health and domestic and sexual abuse.
Phone: 651-777-5222

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center

Courage Kenny empowers people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life. Courage Center is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that serves children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. Courage Center specializes in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth.

Phone: 651-439-8283


FamilyMeans is a place where families, children, couples and individuals can come to find help and work through challenges during difficult times in their lives. FamilyMeans offers financial and bankruptcy services and education; family counseling and mental health services; collaborative divorce services; caregiver support services; youth enrichment programs; and an employee assistance program.
Phone: 651-439-4840

Stepping Up Moving Forward
A volunteer organization comprised of parents and community members in the Stillwater area, is dedicated to creating communities of belonging by actively opening doors and creating opportunities that allow people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities to flourish in and contribute to their communities.
Phone: 651-356-1013

Valley Friendship Club
The Valley Friendship Club helps children, teens and young adults with & without disabilities make friends, gain skills and be proud of who they are.
Phone: 651-491-6486

Woodbury Lutheran: Disability Ministry
Woodbury Lutheran strives to be inclusive and welcoming to individuals with disabilities. They have many programs for children and youth with disabilities.
Phone: 651-739-5144


Youth Service Bureau (YSB)
The YSB works with youth and their families, in collaboration with local schools, law enforcement, social services, courts and community organizations. The mission of the Youth Services Bureau, Inc. is to provide early intervention alternatives for youth and families to realize their strengths, find solutions, and create positive futures. Major YSB strategies to improve young lives and families include: youth focused family counseling, diversion and restorative justice interventions for young offenders and educational updates for parents and youth workers.
Phone: 651-439-8800

Parent Support Information

Procedural Safeguards
Procedural Safeguards Notices also referred to as Parental Rights, give general guidance regarding special education rights afforded to parents of children with special education needs. These rights are provided to parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is provided to parents of students receiving special education services at least one time per year. It also is provided the first time your child is referred for a special education evaluation.  Procedural Safeguards Notice Part C is for birth through age 2; Part B is for age 3 through 21.

The Arc of Minnesota
Private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization 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.
Phone: 800-582-5256 or 651-523-0823

Autism Society of Minnesota (and Sensory Friendly Films)
Organization of families, educators, caregivers and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The Autism Society also offers Sensory Friendly Films in partnership with AMC. Click here to check locations and times.
Phone: 651-647-1083

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Minnesotans affected by brain injury.
Phone: 800-669-6442 or 612-378-2742

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families.
Phone: 952-922-5761

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to provide information, resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.
Phone: 800-511-3696 or 651-603-0720

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Non-profit organization that offers programs and services to educate, connect and empower people affected by seizures.
Phone: 800-779-0777 or 651-287-2300

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)
Organization focused on promoting positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families.
Phone: 800-528-4511 or 651-644-7333

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC)

Non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes a better quality of life and social wellness of Deaf people through its membership, activities and advocacy.

Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Needs (MCYSHN)
Public, statewide program that seeks to improve the quality of life for children with special health needs and their families. They promote the optimal health, well-being, respect and dignity of children and youth with special health needs and their families.
Phone: 800-728-5420 or 651-201-3651

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
State agency responsible for providing laws and rules regarding special education in Minnesota, disability definitions and criteria, information for parents and students, and much more.
Phone: 651-582-8200

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
State agency that provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
Phone: 651-431-2000

Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA)
Non-profit professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists that promotes the welfare of individuals with communication disorders and represents the professionals who serve them.
Phone: 651-290-6292

Parent Association for Special Education (PASE)
Stillwater Area Parent Association for Special Education (PASE) is a parent volunteer group committed to educating parents/caregivers of children with special education needs.  This group is open to all those with interest, however, it is meant to put a local spin on educating parents in advocating for their children.

Tourette Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization formed within the state of Minnesota focused on helping the individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome.
Phone: 718-224-2999

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
Non-profit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
Phone: 800-572-1717 or 952-832-5517

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota)
Non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families through education, support and advocacy.
Phone: 651-645-2948

Minnesota Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Independent state agency that promotes the highest attainable standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services or treatment for mental illness, mental retardation or a related condition, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance.
Phone: 800-657-3506 or 651-757-1800

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota (NFBM)
Non-profit organization provides self-help programs for blind people of all ages and activities.
Phone: 612-872-9363

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
Non-profit organization provides training and information for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.
Phone: 800-537-2237 or 952-838-9000

Spina Bifida Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to increase awareness about Spina Bifida and enhance the lives of those affected.
Phone: 651-222-6395

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota (UCP of MN)
Non-profit organization driven to educate, advocate and provide support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP of MN serves the residents of Minnesota in all counties except Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. These counties receive services from UCP of Central Minnesota.
Phone: 877-528-5678 or 651-646-7588

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)
Agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.
Phone: 651-296-6785

Special Olympics Minnesota
Organization that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition.
Phone: 612-333-0999

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Federal agency dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Phone: 202-245-7459

ConnectWC is a one-stop website resource for any and all information regarding intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Washington County area.  ConnectWC provides information and links to crucial medical, government, educational, social and community services, as well as a calendar of events, and direction on where to begin to obtain needed services and support.  ConnectWC also provides information to help the community learn more about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and how they can help.  Please contact them to learn, connect and share valuable information to help support individuals living with disabilities in our area.

Phone:  651-300-0875