Resources

NOTE:   Anoka County is not recommending or endorsing any of the following services and/or items. We are simply passing along some unique information recommended by fellow Anoka County CDCS participants.
 
  
Blast Summer Program - BLAST is a summer program through Arsys, LLC for disabled persons aged 5-21. Participants take part in outings in the community and work on various independent living skills and fun activities in the center. Staff to participant ratio is 1:4. Program hours are 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Half or full days are available. Arsys is located at 3527 88th Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55014 . Call 763-762-3210 for more information or to schedule a tour. 

MN Passes ABLE Investment Accounts – MN is among 40 states that approved a tax-free savings accounts under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The legislation promotes employment and quality of life for people with disabilities by ensuring that earnings and other funds saved in ABLE accounts don’t count against eligibility for public programs, including Medical Assistance and Social Security Supplemental Income. Currently people with disabilities can lose eligibility for public benefits once they reach $2000 in savings. This tax-free account will allow families to save funds for future education, assistive technology, housing, transportation, and other goods and services not included in public benefits. Contributions of up to $14,000 per year are allowed currently, but the account could grow to as much as $100,000 before some public benefits would be suspended. ABLE accounts are expected to be available in Minnesota Fall 2016.

Next Level F.I.T. (Fitness Integrated Therapy) – A team of professionals offering an interdisciplinary health and wellness approach to working with adults with special needs. A dynamic team individualizes each fitness plan by catering to the specific needs of each person. The team provides a unique approach to wellness and their ability to show creativity and adaptations throughout each fitness session keeps clients motivated and focused. Contact www.nextlevelfit.org for more information. 

Embrace Watch – A watch designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with epilepsy: They get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure, warning them and their loved ones. Go to https://www.empatica.com/product-embrace-features . 

FutureLife Options (formerly called Lifetime Assistance Program) – A person –centered future planning process through ARC. Help individuals and families to document what is important in their lives with the goal to secure a high quality of life for the person, particularly when parents or other primary caregivers are no longer able to provide support. Create comprehensive plan that serves as a guide to anyone who will support the person in the future and is based on the goals and dreams the network identifies. Call Arc Greater Twin Cities 952-920-0855.

In-Home Massage Therapy – Female certified massage therapist that will go into home for medically fragile individuals for perform massages for $85/hour. Contact Kristin Balgaard at [email protected]