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.

Adaptive Experts -  Comprehensive driving assessments and behind the wheel training. Will come to your home, hospital, or rehabilitation center.

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.

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. Call Danelle at 651-698-2859. 

Autism Navigator – (first 15 min free, $1/minute) – Consultation services to help you navigate the world of autism: school services, alternative therapies, behavioral companies; county services, financial services, special diets support groups, and much more..., In person or phone consultation.

Bethel BUILD Program - Supportive and educational experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities. For more information or to set up a tour visit call 651.635.8799 or email at

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.

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).Call 763.571.9694.

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 or 651.243.0089. 

Camp of Champs - Camps to help develop character and social skills for children with special needs ages 9-17. 1-2 week long camps focus on respect, boundaries, and appropriate behavior and our LITE "Leaders in Training Experience" sessions for ages 12-17 focus on leadership, advocacy & transition skills. The overnight camps build confidence and behavioral skills, using high energy activities, structured learning, and abundant team opportunities. Family Foundations Minnesota is accredited with the American Camp Association. Youth build communication, trust, self-control, transition skills, teamwork, self-advocacy, and much more. Camp is an outdoor based, hands-on experience that allows children of all needs an opportunity to reach their potential. 

Camp True Friends - Camp at True Friends provides individuals with disabilities and families the opportunity to explore their interests, build confidence, enhance self-esteem and meet new friends, all while having a blast enjoying the Minnesota summer. Camps are accredited and are located in Maple Lake, Clearwater Lake near Annandale, Eden Prairie, and Bemidji. 

CDCS "The Basics" - Minnesota Department of Human Services developed a basic training on CDCS. This is a good refresher or for someone considering the CDCS option.

Connections Academy – Online school option for those with processing delays, ADHD, physical inability to attend “brick and mortar” school, etc. Will develop IEP and accommodations. Quick video describing services: 

Culture specific DHS Autism videos:

Deluxe Elastic Shoelaces - Turn any shoe into a slip on. These shoelaces pull and stretch to make a comfortable fit without the need to tie and re-tie shoes. They are designed to aid people with motor difficulties or low hand strength who may be unable to tie knots or bows. This can allow someone with special needs more independence and freedom while reducing daily stress. These laces are also great for those who have trouble reaching or bending down. These laces come in black and white.

Dose Dispenser - Smart pill box. Easy set up, easy to fill, easy to dispense, the right size, secure. Has alarms and can alert others if medication not take.

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. 

Family Caregiver Connection - Resources for caregivers, family member, and their loved ones (aged 55+). The Gathering - a respite opportunity for caregivers.

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. 

Angelsense - GPS tracking device. Can attach using belt, undershirt, to pant, etc.

GizmoGadget (from Verizon) - Keeps you connected to parents and caregivers with a bright 1.3–inch touchscreen. This wearable allows you to call up to 10 contacts and receive calls from them. Send short messages to GizmoGadget and locate it on a map from your phone. It’s even waterproof*. 

iGPS Watch - Customizeable watch. 2 way receiving, geofencing, etc.

Jiobit - Small lightweight tracking device that can attach to shoes, shirts, backpacks, etc. Water proof.

Hatchback Footwear - Children's Orthopedic Shoes for use with AFOs and other Orthotics.

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

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.

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. 

Health Line Devices for Epilepsy - Healthcare companies have created devices that help parents and those with epilepsy. These devices can track seizures and protect against serious side effects from seizures. While these devices aren’t treatments for epilepsy and don’t prevent seizures, they can provide peace of mind. Includes bracelets, mattress devices, sensors, cameras, etc.

Higleymetals - Three wheeled bikes - Creates three wheeled bikes for kids. Parents buy the base and they create a three wheeled one from them. Very affordable.

Lifeworks - Music Therapy - Can benefit children as well as adults with challenges with sensory issues, anxiety, brain injury, communication, emotional regulation, gross motor, etc. Provided by a board-certified music therapists at the Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, and Eagan Lifeworks locations. Individually customized goals and techniques available in group and individual settings. Communication devices, assistive technology, and sensory tools can be incorporated into sessions. Integrated community choir available (Brooklyn Park location). Contact Emily Giannobile at or 651-365-3738 .

Minnesota Micro-Grant - Offers modest grants (up to $1000) to persons with disabilities who have financial barriers to their competitive employment, inclusive housing, and community integration goals. Priority is given to proposals that are innovative, creative, and sustainable. The program is administered by The Arc Minnesota and is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Must be on a waiver and items or services are not allowable on CDCS such as uniform fee, application fees, household items, moving expenses, etc.

Minnesota Independence College & Community - MICC Community Program - A lifelong program for MN Life College graduates to live independently in the community near their friends and workplaces, while participating in social activities, and accessing services as needed. For more information go to MICC Community Program or call 612-869-4008.

Minnesota Independence College & Community - MICC College Program - A three year, educational transition program in Richfield to learn and practice independent living and social skills in and apartment with roommates, while gaining real-world, on the job employment training. For young adults with learning differences, ADHD and on the autism spectrum. Students must have an IQ of 70 or above and have no significant behavior or emotional problems. For more information go to MICC College Program or call 612-869-4008.

Minnesota Independence College & Community - Summer Internship Program - Gives students between the ages of 17-20 a real world, hands-on, and fun experience of living away from home in Richfield. For 3 weeks in the summer, participants will work on developing: social skills, employment skills through a small group, entry-level internship, and independent-living skills in a safe, college-like apartment setting to practice organization, budgeting, healthy choices, and personal safety in the community. Students must be diagnosed with learning differences, ADHD, on the autism spectrum, or have another neurological condition and have a full scale IQ of 70 or above, and have no significant behavior or emotional problems, and be able to demonstrate independent living skills. For more information go to Summer Internship Program or contact 612-876-9431 or email

PawZup - For teens and young adults with Executive Function Skill (EFS) issues: paying attention, staying on task, initiating tasks, regulating emotions, organizing, and planning. Uses your dog to help the person you love learn and improve EFS skills. Call Jodee Kulp at 612-408-2932.

PCs For People - Refurbishes desktop and laptop computers for distribution to eligible recipients (receive Medical Assistance, Social Security, etc). Provide computers with licensed copies of Windows 10. Every desktop includes a mouse, a keyboard, power cords and monitor cords at no additional cost. Monitors, accessories, hardware upgrades and additional software (such as licensed Microsoft Office) are available for an additional fee. Computers are available for a donation from our stores or can be purchased online at .

Safeguard Casement Window Opening Control Device -   Allows loved one to safely and securely operate a window which has safe guards in place to help control the windows opening so as to prevent accidental falls, while at the same time being able to be easily opened for egress purposes in case of an emergency.

Safelink (for qualifying adults) - Receive a free SafeLink phone or keep your current phone. 350 FREE monthly minutes & unlimited texts with 500MB/month of FREE data. Qualify if on MA, SSI, SNAP, etc.

Simple Song Studio - Board certified music therapist using music and visual arts to help participants heal body, mind, and spirit. Also provides movement to music. Provides comfort during times of stress, nurtures creativity, and enhances enjoyment of life.

SimpliSafe Security System - Wireless technology that you can program from a smart phone or laptop. Easy setup, expandability, custom setup options and ability to move with you if you relocate. Monthly fee. Very affordable. 

Smart Things Home - Promote independence and security using technology including light switches, alarms, sensors, automatic shades, cameras, doorbells, etc. May use voice activation and smart phone apps, etc.

Summer Academy @ Academy of Whole Learning -  Offers students entering Kindergarten through grades 12, unique opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun in academics and essential social and life skills.  Opportunities to explore interests, develop important skills, and become more prepared for the next level of academic challenges or to maintain skills that were gained during the school year.Taught by Academy of Whole Learning’s highly trained staff who are devoted to working with students with autism spectrum disorder or related learning differences.  The goals for AOWL Summer Academy Programs are to provide a variety of options for growth academically, artistically, and socially in an environment that is safe, caring, and fun for students of all ages. For more information call 852-737-6900.

SafeTracks - Tri-lock GPS Tracker, Pendents, Insoles for shoes - The latest technology for wandering and fall notification, as well as personal emergency emergency response system. Waterproof. Worn as a watch (which displays time and date), it uses 2G,3G, 4G cellular, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies. Lockable clasp, SOS button (that makes a call to a number of your choosing), two way voice, setup and tracking (incl. geofencing) using secured website or app on Android or Apple phones. Monthly service plan. Go to SafeTracks.

Uniquely Regal - Stylish weighted and compression clothes. 

The Vitals App Program: In partnership with local emergency response personnel and law enforcement program that will alert them of how to approach/de-escalate participant with special needs. Allowable expense on CDCS as a monthly fee.

Vital Links - Quickshifts - Quickshifts are a group of sound-based tools that were developed out of a sensory integrative treatment framework. Have the power to facilitate functional improvement in a variety of areas that may affect an individual at home, school, work, or in the community. 45 minutes/week.

Share Your Resource Ideas With Others!  If you come across a unique or helpful program, item or activity that you would recommend to others with physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges, please contact the CDCS Coordinator at