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Why ConnectWC

Help us create awareness, inclusion and equal opportunities for those with IDD.

Our Accomplishments

  • Hosted a community forum to gather information on what is and isn’t working for people living with IDD in the community;
  • Hosted quarterly guardian/parent connection gatherings to develop synergy and cohesive relationships to build consensus around changes that need to be made in the community for people living with IDD;
  • Developed a comprehensive website, ConnectWC.org, with IDD resources for parents, guardians, siblings, extended family members, professionals and the greater community to connect, learn and share;
  • Developed ArtWorks, in collaboration with East Suburban Resources, a local nonprofit providing services to people living with IDD, to support creating works of art, inspiring the creative spirit and providing unique opportunities for artists with disabilities to realize income potential through their art;
  • Developed Faith Communities of Belonging using materials already developed, we recruited 10 area faith organizations to participate in a training program for their leadership to create welcoming and supportive environments for people living with IDD in their faith community.
  • Developed Community Mentor Program in collaboration with local non profit to adapt their respite care program to support volunteers in becoming community mentors to the individuals with IDD they are providing respite services to, and volunteering out in the community. Previously, the volunteer only went to the service recipient’s home and they could not go out into the community.
  • Tyze Initiative– Providing ongoing Person Centered Planning workshops for parents interested in being in the Tyze Program. In partnership with The Arc Greater Twin Cities, developed a program that provides community connectors to create person centered networks for people living with IDD, their friends and families to create sustainable networks that bring hopes and dreams into reality for the person at the center of the plan. Also created a network of informal community supports for the person living with IDD and their immediate family members.