Community Education Programs

Links to Community Education Programs by county:

Access Project
Assists adults with disabilities participate in community education through St. Paul School District #197. Three locations.
(651) 403-8313

Bethel University
Inclusive Learning and Development (BUILD) is a two-year post-secondary, residential program for students with intellectual disabilities aged 18-25 years old.

Community Bridge
Program for adults with developmental cognitive disabilities through the North St. Paul School District #622.
1945 Manton Street
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 748-7630

Highland Friendship Club  
The mission of Highland Friendship Club is to serve individuals with disabilities from teens, age 13 and older, and adults by providing a range of opportunities to develop lifelong skills, friendships and connections within their community.

Minnesota Independence College (MICC)
MICC is a nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). MICC helps students make successful transitions towards independent living and financial self-sufficiency. Using MICC curriculum, students learn in their own apartments, at the grocery store, in the workplace, at restaurants, and on public transportation—any practical environment where life skills are needed. They serve students between the ages of 18-26 years old at start of the program. Located in Richfield, Minnesota.

Project Power (also called The Adults with Special Needs)
Provides specialized classes for adults with disabilities that include educational, recreational and social activities through Anoka-Hennepin School District.
2727 N. Ferry Street
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 506-1279

Project SOAR
A Community Education program, supported by the Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Wayzata School Districts. However, you don’t have to live in those areas, to participate in the program. Project SOAR supports adults with disabilities by providing specialized classes and inclusion services, including life skills.
4584 Vine Hill Road
Deephaven, MN 55331
(952) 401-6898

St. Paul Community Education
Through the St. Paul Public Schools – offers community education classes that support adults with developmental disabilities.
1780 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN  55116

Windows of Opportunity
A Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education program that provides recreation, education and support activities for adults with physical, neurological and/or developmental disabilities, age 16 and up.
(763) 504-6990

Job and Social Skills Training

Access Ability, Inc.
Serves a diverse community of people, all of whom face barriers to sustainable employment and community inclusion. These barriers include disabilities, homelessness, prior involvement in the criminal justice system, and limited English literacy. By partnering with businesses and organizations throughout the Twin Cities, we are able to provide programs and services which help people remain on a path to self-sufficiency. 360 Hoover Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413-2940
(612) 331-5958!aboutus/cfvg

ACT-Advocating Change Together Advocating Change Together
ACT is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.
1821 University Avenue, Suite 306-S
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 641-0297
(800) 641-0059

The ARC Minnesota
Offers support and advocacy services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They provide services throughout the state of Minnesota.
2446 University Ave. W. Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55114
(833) 450-1494

Centers for Independent Living Minnesota
Non-profit organization whose purpose is to advocate for the independent living needs of people with disabilities who are citizens of the State of Minnesota, to develop new resources, identify and provide access to existing resources which provide the services needed by persons with disabilities so that they may live independently in the situation and community of their choice. Eight locations throughout the state.

Institute on Community Integration
Located at the University of Minnesota, ICIs mission is to improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families. Conducts research and provides professional training and technical assistance.
102 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-6300

Integrates arts and social services, creating a space where adults with disabilities can use their creative talents in theater and visual arts. “We focus on the possibilities, and not the disabilities.”
1860 Minnehaha Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 209-3575

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
Dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives.
530 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 646-8342

Opportunity Partners
Offers workforce solutions, employment, enrichment, and residential services for adults with disabilities in the metro area.

Reach for Resources
A non-profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disabilities and mental illness to reach their full potential. They do this by providing individualized services that maximize independence, promote community involvement, and improve physical and mental well-being.
5900 Green Oak Drive, Suite 204
Minnetonka, MN 55343
(952) 200-3030!history/c1uvj

VSA Arts Minnesota
Promotes quality, accessible arts experiences for people with all types of disabilities. In addition, VSA arts of Minnesota emulates the mission of the VSA arts national and international organization which “Promotes arts, education, and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all”.
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3888
(800) 802-3883