Parent Resources

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.
Website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/SchSup/ComplAssist/ProcSafe/

Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our state and national networks, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.Website: http://www.familyvoicesofminnesota.org/. Phone: 1-866-334-8444

The Arc of Minnesota
Private, nonaprofit, 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 Website: www.thearcofminnesota.org

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
Organization of families, educators, caregivers and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Phone: 651.647.1083 Website: www.ausm.org

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Nonaprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Minnesotans affected by brain injury.
Phone: 800.669.6442 or 612.378.2742 Website: www.braininjurymn.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Nonaprofit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. Phone: 952.922.5761
Website: www.chadd.org

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Nonaprofit 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
Website: www.dsamn.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Nonaprofit organization that offers programs and services to educate, connect and empower people affected by seizures.
Phone: 800.779.0777 or 651.287.2300
Website: www.efmn.org

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
Website: www.macmh.org

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, wellabeing, respect and dignity of children and youth with special health needs and their families.
Phone: 800.728.5420 or 651.201.3651
Website: www.health.state.mn.us/mcshn

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
Website: www.education.state.mn.us

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 Website: www.dhs.state.mn.us

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota)
Nonprofit 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
Website: www.namihelps.org

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
Website: www.ombudmhmr.state.mn.us

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota (NFBM)
Nonaprofit organization provides self-help programs for blind people of all ages and activities.
Phone: 612.872.9363
Website: www.nfbmn.org

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
Nonprofit 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
Website: www.pacer.org

Spina Bifida Association of Minnesota
Nonaprofit organization dedicated to increase awareness about Spina Bifida and enhance the lives of those affected.
Phone: 651.222.6395
Website: www.mnsba.org 

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota (UCP of MN)
Nonaprofit 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: 800.719.4040 or 651.265.7361
Website: www.ucpmn.org

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: 651.361.7800
Website: www.disability.state.mn.us

Special Olympics Minnesota
Organization that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year round sports training and competition.
Phone: 612.333.0999
Website: www.somn.org

Tourette Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Nonaprofit organization formed within the state of Minnesota focused on helping the individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome.
Phone: 612.759.7112
Website: www.tsaamn.org

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
Website: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/resources.html