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. Because these resources are listed here, it does not mean they automatically would be approved on your CDCS Plan.  All items and services must follow the criteria set forth by the federal, state and county government and approved by your county based on the participant's assessed needs.
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. Go to 

Apps for Students with Autism -  
Includes apps to aid in developing behavior skills, communication skills, social skills, sensory sensitivity, need for sameness or routine, and difficulty with traditional learning methods.  Go to: 

Apps to Support a Successful Transition - Includes supportive apps to aid in developing reading, writing, studying, daily living, organization, and vocational skills.Go to  

Artshop - Therapuetic Art Lessons - Adapted art classes and sessions for children and adults with disabilities in the comfort of their own home. Lessons are adapted to each student's interests, abilities, and goals.  Develop artistic ability and expression, social/emotional skills, teach problem solving, develop self directed decision making skills, increase fine motor skills, increase attention span, increase sensory experiences, etc.  Go to or call Danelle at 651-698-2859.

Bethel BUILD Program - Supportive and educational experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  For more information or to set up a tour visit
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. 

cantheclutter - Professional Organizing Service - Assists those with cognitive delays, mental health and/or behavioral issues displaying hoarding, disorganizational, and/or behavioral tendencies.   Organizer can help develop organizational systems for decluttering mail, clothing, and papers; scheduling appointments; filling prescriptions or other time related events. Can assist with developing non-judgemental solutions, training/ directing staff, and shadowing.  Contact Jan at [email protected] or 651.243.0089. 

Braven Music School - Family oriented performance based music school (instrumental and voice) that gently pushes students out of their comfort zone through performance and teacher-led Rock Band lessons and teach the Three C's:  Cooperation, Confidence, and Creativity. Taught at own level and pace. Teaching methods adapted to individual needs and limitations. 2 locations (Anoka and Ramsey).  Visit or 763.571.9694.
DreamPad - Delivers music through gentle, calming vibration which only you can hear.  The process brings about a relaxation response from the body and mind which has been aptly described as a "massage to the nervous system." Reduces stress, improves sleep, decreases sensory hypersensitivity. Go to: 
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.

GizmoGadget (from Verizon) -
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