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Every day, hundreds of people are hurting and in need. The Caring Effect was established to bring you awareness about those in need and provide you with ways to help. Click on one of the categories to the right to find out more about what we do.

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Adults with developmental disabilities

Listen to the podcast of our most recent show highlighting adults with developmental disabilities. Our guests included (left to right) Rosemary and her daughter Leslie, Rebecca Covington of MN-CCD and Mandy Bohatta with MN Lutheran Social Services.  This is a group working to make a difference  for adults with developmental disabilities. We encourage you to upload the podcast if you missed it. Get connected and make a difference to someone with a developmental disability!

Developmental Disabilities  are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day to day functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. 

 *  In 2010, approximately 56.7 million people (18.7 percent) had a disability.

* About 38.3 million people (12.6 percent) had a severe disability.

* About 12.3 million people aged 6 years and older (4.4 percent) needed assistance with one or more activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living.


Follow these links for more information on adults with developmental disabilities:

Hammer Residence inc.

Mn Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

Lutheran Social Services of MN



Courage Center

Pacer Center



American Association of Health and Disability



United Way

Friendship Ventures

Special Olympics

VSA Minnesota


Hands on Twin Cities


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