Parent Resources

Procedural Safeguards

Procedural Safeguards Notices also referred to as Parental Rights, give general guidance regarding special education rights afforded to parents of children with special education needs. These rights are provided to parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is provided to parents of students receiving special education services at least one time per year. It also is provided the first time your child is referred for a special education evaluation. Procedural Safeguards Notice Part C is for birth through age 2; Part B is for age 3 through 21.

Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our state and national networks, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care. Phone: 1-866-334-8444

The Arc of Minnesota
Private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Phone: 800.582.5256 or 651.523.0823

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)
Organization of families, educators, caregivers and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Phone: 651.647.1083

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Minnesotans affected by brain injury.
Phone: 800.669.6442 or 612.378.2742

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. Phone: 952.922.5761

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to provide information, resources and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and their communities.
Phone: 800.511.3696 or 651.603.0720

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Non-profit organization that offers programs and services to educate, connect and empower people affected by seizures.
Phone: 800.779.0777 or 651.287.2300

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH)
Organization focused on promoting positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families.
Phone: 800.528.4511 or 651.644.7333

Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Needs (MCYSHN)
Public, statewide program that seeks to improve the quality of life for children with special health needs and their families. They promote the optimal health, wellabeing, respect and dignity of children and youth with special health needs and their families.
Phone: 800.728.5420 or 651.201.3651

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
State agency responsible for providing laws and rules regarding special education in Minnesota, disability definitions and criteria, information for parents and students, and much more.
Phone: 651.582.8200

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
State agency that provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
Phone: 651.431.2000

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota)
Nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with mental illness and their families through education, support and advocacy.
Phone: 651.645.2948

Minnesota Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Independent state agency that promotes the highest attainable standards of treatment, competence, efficiency, and justice for persons receiving services or treatment for mental illness, mental retardation or a related condition, chemical dependency, or emotional disturbance.
Phone: 800.657.3506 or 651.757.1800

National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota (NFBM)
Non-profit organization provides self-help programs for blind people of all ages and activities.
Phone: 612.872.9363

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
Non-profit organization provides training and information for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.
Phone: 800.537.2237 or 952,838.9000

Spina Bifida Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization dedicated to increase awareness about Spina Bifida and enhance the lives of those affected.
Phone: 651.222.6395 

United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota (UCP of MN)
Non-profit organization driven to educate, advocate and provide support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP of MN serves the residents of Minnesota in all counties except Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. These counties receive services from UCP of Central Minnesota.
Phone: 800.719.4040 or 651.265.7361

Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD)
Agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities. Phone: 651.361.7800

Special Olympics Minnesota
Organization that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year round sports training and competition.
Phone: 612.333.0999

Tourette Syndrome Association of Minnesota
Non-profit organization formed within the state of Minnesota focused on helping the individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome.
Phone: 612.759.7112

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Federal agency dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Phone: 202.245.7459