Because autism is a spectrum disorder, symptoms range from mild to severe and the level of
developmental delay is unique to each individual. There’s an array of practitioners that comprise
the clinical roster: medical doctors and dentists experienced in working with ASD patients and
speech, behavioral and occupational therapists, which can help a child acclimate and normalize
existing sensory challenges.
The lack of comprehensive care in local communities can be a significant and overwhelming
health challenge for families with autistic children. To address this, Autism Speaks launched
the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-
treatment-network#ATN which currently includes 17 leading children’s hospitals and academic
medical centers in the U.S. and Canada. Parents should explore and be open minded to a variety
of options and provide their child with a multi-disciplinary approach to intervention and support.
Support groups can help parents learn about reliable resources, schools and professionals.
These groups can also offer emotional support. The need for support doesn’t start or end after
diagnosis. Preschool, kindergarten and elementary school are major transition periods as is
adolescence. The bridge from high school to adulthood is the greatest transition with much more
significant and longer lasting effect. It’s important for families to reach out during these periods
to other families and professionals in the community.
Autism Allies of Wright County strives to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their
families by providing information regarding local resources. Our hope is that these resources
will help you find providers who can meet your needs or the needs of a loved one. We are
always interested in learning about new local resources, so if you know of a provider we have
not listed, please let us know by clicking here.
Wright County School Districts: http://www.co.wright.mn.us/links_school.htm
Annandale School District
Buffalo – Montrose – Hanover School District
Dassel – Cokato School District
Delano School District
Elk River School District
Howard Lake -Waverly -Winsted School District
Maple Lake School District
Monticello School District
Rockford School District
St. Cloud School District
St. Michael-Albertville School District
Wright County Community Action (WCCA) – 320-963-6500 – Headstart program.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) – A place for you & your child to play & learn.
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted http://www.hlww.k12.mn.us/ECFE_Early_Childhood_Family_Education.html
St. Michael-Albertville http://ce.stma.k12.mn.us/ECFE.php
MN Department of Education
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) – Aims to improve the educational outcomes
for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Disability Law Center: http://www.mndlc.org/
Learning Rx http://www.learningrx.com/ – Brain training program with locations in Maple Grove and the metro area.
EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
Ablenet – Communication switches and mounting systems to assist the adult/child with expressing their need/wants to caregivers as well as other adapted products for inclusion into everyday activities both in the classroom and at home.
Access to Recreation – Adapted equipment for all areas of recreation.
Achievement Products – Variety of equipment for special needs.
ActivStyle www.activstyle.com – Incontinence products.
Adaptive Mall – Adaptive equipment of all kinds.
Allegro Medical – Durable medical products and other medical supplies.
Attainment Company – Software and speaking devices as well as other helpful products.
Assistive Technology of MN – Nonprofit organization that provides access to life changing equipment for people with disabilities.
Assistive Technology Resources – Helpful resources through the Courage Center.
Autism Resource Network, Inc. – Autism Resource Network Book Store in Hopkins. Features many books and products regarding Autism and related topics.
Autism Shopper – Visual/PECS communication products and social stories and other products.
Beyond Play – Early Intervention products specifically for children Birth to Five with Special
Cozy Calm – Weighted blankets of all sizes.
Do 2 Learn – Games, songs, communication cards, print resources, print free PECS, and information for special needs.
Enabling Devices – 800-832-8697
This company provides assistive and learning devices for children with special needs. They also provide products for independent living.
Flag House – Variety of products for special needs.
Freedom of Speech – Assistive Technology Solutions for people with and without disabilities. Specializes in Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Blindness, Low Vision, Braille, Accessible Door Openers and Environmental Control Systems.
Gillette Children’s Assistive Technology
House Calls – Offers a variety of adapted living aids among other services.
Integrations – Sensory integration toys/equipment.
Kaplan – Educational toys.
Lakeshore – Wide variety of educational items.
Linguisystems – Speech and language arts materials.
Mayer-Johnson, Inc. – Augmentative (assisted) communication products including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System).
Professional Development Programs – Professional development programs, inexpensive products, and publications.
Pyramid Educational Products, Inc. – Products for the Picture Exchange Communication System and the Pyramid Approach to Education.
Quilted Illusions – Weighted quilts, weighted vests, weighted animals, and texture quilts among other products. Made to order (size, style, and fabric).
Rifton Equipment – Adapted seating and mobility products often used in the school setting.
Social Learning – Resources on parenting, teen life skills, staff training, and agency support.
South Paw Enterprises, Inc. – Develops and manufactures sensory integration products.
Sportime Abilitations – Many different products for children with special needs including mobility aids, sensory integration equipment, adapted swimming equipment, educational games/ items.
Super Duper Publications – Sensory, learning, and communication products.
TFH Fun and Achievement – Variety of sensory/therapy products.
Therapro – Adapted products for people (children and adults) with special needs.
Therapy Shoppe – Specialty toys, games, educational equipment, sensory, and motor products.
TotSAFE – Child safety items to use in your home.
Woodbine House – Written materials related to special needs.
ATHC – Vocational rehabilitation services and a day training and habilitation program.
Central MN Jobs and Training Services – Provides quality training and job placement services.
Functional Industries – Community rehabilitation service provider that provides job placement, career planning, and other employment services as well as a day treatment and rehabilitation program.
Opportunity Partners – Opportunity Partners supports choices for people with disabilities through innovative services and strategic collaborations, assisting those we serve to live, learn, and work - adding value to their lives and communities.
Options Inc. – Provides job placement, training and support for individual job placements through a licensed Supported Employment Service, a day training and habilitation program and a limited work placement and support service.
Project C3 – Resources in MN for transition age individuals. It has a search engine where you can select housing, employment, financial aid, recreation, family services, and then select the area you are living in and it will pull up these resources.
Project SEARCH – http://www.projectsearch.us/ Provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life
Rehabilitative Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is for people with disabilities who need our services to prepare for work or to find and keep a job.
Wright County Financial Services Department – To apply for Medical Assistance.
TEFRA Parental Fee Estimator – Estimates monthly parental fee for participants accessing Medical Assistance through the TEFRA program.
Social Security & SSI
MN Star Program – Funding sources for assistive technology.
St. Cloud Center for Independent Living – An organization that advocates 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.
Housing Access Services (Arc) http://arcmn.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B2E568468-5FD9-4CD9-A383-D874015A7B3E%7D – helps adult Minnesotans of all ages who have been assessed as eligible for Minnesota Medicaid home care or waiver services and who want to move to homes of their own.
AME Community Services www.amecommunity.com
Mains’l Services www.mainsl.com
Meridian Services http://www.meridiansvs.com/news/
INFORMATION & REFERRAL
Disability Minnesota – Provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues.
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN) – Information and Referral Line can link you with agencies in your area that provide the health services you need.
Minnesota Help – Online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota.
Minnesota Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
AYSO VIP Soccer – http://rogersayso.clubspaces.com/default_css.aspx
Foss Swim School – http://www.fossswimschool.com/
Jack Splash Swim School – http://www.jacksplashswimschool.com/
Powder Ridge/Roll-with-it – www.rollwithitmn.org
Special Olympics – http://www.specialolympicsminnesota.org/
Camp Confidence – http://www.campconfidence.com/ Year round education and recreation center for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Located in Brainerd
Camp Courage – Camp for children and adults with physical disabilities, sensory/language impairments, and other disabilities or illnesses. Located in rural Maple Lake.
Camp Discovery – http://www.ausm.org/camps/discovery.asp – A Camp for Youth & Young Adults with Autism & Asperger Syndrome, Ages 10 to 21
Camp Friendship/Friendship Ventures – Non-profit agency that creates unique educational, recreational, and social opportunities for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Located in rural Annandale.
Camp Iduhapi – http://www.ymcatwincities.org/camps/camp_ihduhapi/ – YMCA camp located in Loretto, MN.
Dakota Communities, Inc. – Weekend respite getaways.
Off the Beaten Path, Inc. – Provides economical vacations for developmentally disabled ambulatory adults.
Pathways to Community – Summer camp, after school programs, and weekend overnight activities for adults and children over 10 years of age.
St. David’s Child Development & Family Services – Pre-school respite care program. Located in Crystal or Minnetonka.
Autism Society of MN: http://www.ausm.org/
Autism Society: http://www.autism-society.org/
Autism Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Central MN Mental Health Center: http://www.cmmhc.org/
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health: http://www.macmh.org/
MN Dept. of Education: http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html
National Alliance on Mental Health: http://www.nami.org/
Nystrom and Associates: http://www.nystromcounseling.com/
University of MN – Amplatz: http://www.uofmchildrenshospital.org/
Autism Resource Directory – Listing of many specialists who have been recommended by families of children with special needs. http://www.ausm.org/
TACA - http://www.tacanow.org/tag/gfcf/ - Guidance for implementing a Special Diet.
Coborn’s - http://www.coborns.com/natural-foods.aspx - Many gluten-free products in their stores and online.
Azure Standard - www.azurestandard.com - Specialize in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods and products.
Gluten Free - www.glutenfree.com - Online shopping for gluten-free products.
Vintage Farmer and Retro Market - http://www.vintagefarmerandretromarket.com/ - Gluten Free products online and in the store (located in Annandale).
SUPPORT & ADVOCACY
ANSWER - http://www.aspergersmn.org/ - Network that advocates for community awareness, furthering research, better education and support of individuals and families living with Aspergers Syndrome.
Arc - Providing advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Association of Residential Resources in MN - ARRM leads the advancement of community-based services that support people with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives.
Attorney General’s Office - A website devoted to consumer protection.
Autism Advocacy and Law Center - http://autismlawcenter.com/ – Offer a variety of legal services including Special Ed law and Special Needs Trusts.
Autism Society of America - National organization dedicated to individuals with Autism and their families.
Autism Society of MN - Serving the needs of Minnesotans with autism and their families through advocacy, education, and public awareness.
Autism Speaks - An organization committed to raising public awareness about Autism.
MN Disability Law Center - Specializes in legal matters for individuals with Disabilities.
NW S.P.A.R.K. - Exists to motivate and support families of children with special needs in the NW Minneapolis suburbs. Meetings held monthly in Elk River.
Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health & Mental Retardation - An Ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome the delay, injustice, or impersonal delivery of services.
PACER Center - The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
School Law Center - http://www.schoollawcenter.com/ - Legal representation in all areas of education law.
TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) - http://www.tacanow.org - National non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.
Autism Society - http://www.autism-society.org/
Autism Speaks - http://www.autismspeaks.org/
WCHSA Disability Links - http://www.co.wright.mn.us/department/humanservices/DDlinks.htm
Wright County Human Services - http://www.co.wright.mn.us/
Wrong Planet - http://www.wrongplanet.net/
Autism Shop - http://www.autismshop.com/
Disability Law Center - http://www.mndlc.org/
Fraser - http://www.fraser.org/
Pacer - http://www.pacer.org/
Freedom Farm - Therapeutic riding incorporating sensory, cognitive, and social stimulation to build skills and confidence. Located in Waverly.
Sharadise Therapeutics - Facility located in rural Monticello (near Lake Maria State Park).
We Can Ride - Therapeutic horseback riding for disabled children and adults. They have five facilities including; Minnetonka, Independence, Waconia, Delano, and Marine on St. Croix.
West Metro Learning Center - http://www.wmlc.biz/ - Teach social thinking and understanding so that children can apply what they learn wherever they go.
Autism Matters - http://www.autismmatters.net/
Offers an array of services for children aged 2 to 17, we provide speech-language therapy, early intensive behavioral intervention social skills groups, feeding therapy, academic tutoring, consultation services, and occupational therapy. We also offer marriage and family therapy for individuals with loved ones diagnosed with ASD.
Minnesota Autism Center - The center offers a full range of services to families facing Autism.
Wisconsin Early Autism Project - An organization specializing in ABA therapy.
Behavioral Dimensions - Provides Intensive Behavioral Intervention services for children with autism, as well as Behavioral Consultation for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Behavior Wizards - http://behaviorwizards.com/ - Behavior consultation to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues.
Brih Design - http://brihdesign.com/ - Provide support and services to people who exhibit difficult (to manage) behaviors.
Capernaum Pediatric Therapy - www.capernaumpeds.com - Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy with locations in Big Lake and New Hope.
Celebrate the Spectrum - http://celebratethespectrum.com/ - DIR/Floor time Provider Offering: Child Consultation, Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment, Parent Education, and Professional Training and Development
Crossroads Solutions for Life - http://www.crossroads-solutions.net/ - Provides therapy, consulting, and social skills training.
Excel Physical Therapy - Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy. Office located in Buffalo.
Funjoyment - http://www.johnmerges.com/ - School and Community-based Social enjoyment groups.
Family Speech and Therapy - http://www.familyspeech.com/ - Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy with offices located in Elk River and Andover.
Kidtalk - Speech and Occupational therapies. Office located in Victoria, MN.
North Memorial Pediatric Rehabilitation - Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
NovaCare - Physical and Occupational therapies. Offices located throughout MN including Monticello.
Nystrom & Associates - http://www.nystromcounseling.com/
Pacer Simon Technology Center - http://www.pacer.org/stc/ - Technology consultations and lending library.
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation - Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies offered through the Buffalo Hospital (Allina) and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids (KenNy Kids).
SPOT Rehabilitation - Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, and Occupational Therapy in St. Cloud.
St. David’s Child Development & Family Services - Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Feeding Therapy.
Fraser Community Services - Fraser is a nationally renowned nonprofit organization which services children of all abilities and adults with special needs through comprehensive education, health care, and housing services.
End of the Spectrum - http://www.endofthespectrum.
Courage Center Driver Assessment and Training Program - Drivers assessment and training.
Independent Lifestyles, Inc. (ILICIL) - A team promoting independence and choices for people with disabilities.
MN Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship - Nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to explore substitute decision-making for vulnerable individuals.
Project C3 - Resources in MN for transition age kids. It has a search engine where you can select housing, employment, financial aid, recreation, family services, and then select the area you are living in and it will pull up these resources.
Ridgewater College - Offers an occupational skills program. Click on Programs and Courses and then Occupational Skills program.
Social Security & SSI - See website for further information and application instructions.
MN Courts - http://www.mncourts.gov/
MN Guardianship (MAGIC) - http://www.minnesotaguardianship.org/
MN Guardianship - http://www.minnesotaguardianship.com/
Autism Speaks School/Community Tool Kit - http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/school-community-tool-kit/specific-members