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April 28, 2022

Transitions and Challenges: Birth and Infancy

Support for families with an infant, newborn or expected child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Explore our Family Navigation services. Read More

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April 25, 2022

Transitions and Challenges: Building a Support Network

If you’re seeking support for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability, check out our resources, including Family Navigation Services. Read More

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April 19, 2022

Knowledge Is Power: Individualized Education Program Preparation

An IEP is a customized learning plan developed for children with special needs in a public school. Explore our tips for navigating your IEP. Read More

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April 18, 2022

IDD-Friendly Activities for Families

Have a family member or loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability? Here a some local, IDD-friendly activities they may enjoy. Read More

JR Larson

March 18, 2022

LBSA Hires JR Larson as Director of Business Development

We are pleased to announce that JR Larson has joined the LBSA leadership team as its first Director of Business Development! This announcement comes at a time when LBSA is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This milestone stirs memories of the organization’s original founder, Laura Baker, and the hundreds and hundreds… Read More

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February 9, 2022

Challenges and Triumphs

Challenges and Triumphs Well, it’s been an interesting few years at Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) – and the challenges and triumphs continue into 2022. It’s messy. The pathway that once seemed relatively clear is now subject to unexpected twists and turns, or to disappearing in the forest with little… Read More

2021 Gala Hosts

February 9, 2022

LBSA’s Every Step of the Way Gala Raises Over $253,000!

LBSA’s Every Step of the Way Gala Raises Over $253,000! Our 26th Annual (and first-ever hybrid) Gala was held at Carleton College on Saturday, December 4. With a reduced in-person crowd and nearly 100 online attendees, we were able to raise a record amount of money for our Annual Fund. Read More

Anabelle Xiong

February 9, 2022

Thank You, Anabelle

Thank You, Anabelle Through a decades-long partnership with Laura Baker Services Association, social work students from St. Olaf College are receiving on-the-job learning experiences. St. Olaf senior, Anabelle Xiong, is the most recent in a long line of students who have completed an internship. Anabelle is from St. Paul. She… Read More

Teadora Kontos and Zach Petersen

January 4, 2022

LBSA Awards Two More Education Scholarships

LBSA Awards Two More Education Scholarships Juggling the demands of work and school can prove to be quite a challenge. Since 2020, Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) has been helping ease the financial burden of school for its employees who are pursuing educational opportunities at the same time. The Gary… Read More

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November 18, 2021

Meet Sam Gershman, LBSA’s Lead Family Navigator

Meet Sam Gershman, LBSA’s Lead Family Navigator For six years, Sam managed to work as a radio producer at WDLB and WOSQ, all while serving at-risk children through AmeriCorps. Sam explains that he worked with youth who came from a variety of backgrounds – whether they had disabilities, a bad… Read More