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Supporting someone with special needs can feel overwhelming and isolating. Family Support Services are intended to alleviate some of the stress by creating opportunities for respite, community connections and information sharing. LBSA Family Support Services are supported in part by The Astrup Family Foundation.
Saturday Fun Respite Events
Time for Respite and Social Interaction
A monthly program for families who care for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Those ages 5 to 21 with special needs who live at home with their families are welcome to join LBSA on the second Saturday of the month for crafts, games, outdoor activities and snacks.
The events are designed to provide a few hours of respite for caregivers and social interaction for participants. Pre-registration is required. Families must complete an enrollment form prior to the event.
A $10 per person fee is charged for each event; fee waivers are available for those that qualify.
Family Support Meetings
Sharing Experiences to Create an Inclusive Community
Every quarter, families with children and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities gather to meet with LBSA Executive Director Sandi Gerdes to share their experiences and discuss the ways in which they can create an inclusive community that understands how to best support people with disabilities.
On the second Saturday of the month, young people (ages 5–21) with special needs who live at home are invited to join LBSA for games and activities. Pre-register and fill out the enrollment form below. Events cost $10 per person – waivers available for those who qualify.
Local, state and national resources providing assistance to families caring for individuals with disabilities.
- The Arc, Southeastern Region
- Disability Hub of Minnesota
- Family Voices of Minnesota
- Minnesota County Social Services Offices
- Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services
- Minnesota Disability Law Center
- Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
- Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
- PACER Center
- Rice County Social Services
- Social Security Offices
- University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration
Resources for individuals and families looking to better understand the developmental disabilities landscape.
- Choice of Guardian and Trustee (MassMutual)
- Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities: Survey of Attitudes
- Guide to Consumer-Controlled Housing
- Presentation: Individual Housing Options
- Presentation: New Rules, New Tools
- Northfield-Area Resource Directory
- Understanding Federal Housing Reform (ANCOR)