Disability Services
Self-Advocacy Resources: Central Region

Self-Advocacy Resources: Central Region

ACT: Center for Disability Leadership


Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a nonprofit based in St. Paul, organized by and for people with disabilities with a focus on empowering self-advocates. They offer the following opportunities for learning and connecting with other self-advocates:

  • Coffee Chat Check-Ins
  • Disability Equality Training Series (DETS)
  • Disability Power Day
  • Self-Advocates Minnesota (SAM)
  • Side-by-Side People’s Chorus

AIM: Advocacy & Inclusion Matter


AIM (Advocacy & Inclusion Matter) of West Central Minnesota promotes inclusion for people with disabilities through advocacy, education, referral and other services. AIM promotes self-advocacy through:

  • Local Self-Advocacy Events
  • People First Self-Advocacy Group
  • Scholarships
  • Newsletter

The Arc Minnesota


The Arc Minnesota promotes inclusion for people with disabilities so they are able to fully participate in their communities. For self-advocates, they offer a variety of events, training and advocacy opportunities:

  • Capitol Connector
  • Education Opportunities
  • Local Self-Advocacy Events
  • Self-Advocacy Training
  • Volunteer Opportunities



Hammer strives to provide quality services for adults with disabilities so that they may live their lives to the fullest. To keep informed on legislation and advocate for home and community-based services for people with disabilities, Hammer offers the following:

  • Find Your Representatives
  • Self-Advocate Stories
  • Sign-up to Receive Action Alerts

Partners in Policymaking


Partners in Policymaking, created by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, offers a free, on-demand online curriculum of five courses on key issues affecting people with disabilities. The courses available are:

  • Partners in Living
  • Partners in Time
  • Partners in Education
  • Partners in Making Your Case
  • Partners in Employment

Self-Advocates Minnesota


Self-Advocates Minnesota (SAM) supports people with disabilities in participating in disability and human rights movements through advocacy and by providing technical assistance to other self-advocacy groups throughout Minnesota. There are six regional groups across Minnesota who promote self-advocacy through:

  • Disability Equality Training Series
  • Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference
  • Online Community Groups
  • Online Self-Advocacy Classes

The Youth Legacy Foundation


The Youth Legacy Foundation connects youth with disabilities with resources to encourage positive changes in the world. They support youth through:

  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Volunteer service