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The Advocate

The official newsletter of The Arc, Upper Valley.  Includes news and information of interest to our members and their families. Published in electronic format. If you would like to be added to our email list, contact us.

Transition-Age Tool-kit

Transitioning into adulthood can be awkward for nearly every young person. For transition-age youth with disabilities, issues surrounding managing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can be intensified by normal developmental concerns such as striking out on your own and navigating the road into adulthood. Accessing and maintaining long-term supports, such as PAS, has often been a significant barrier to employment of youth and adults with disabilities.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), through its Youth Technical Assistance Center, recently announced the release of Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood, a guide designed to help transition-age youth with significant disabilities, as well as their family and friends navigate the complex world of PAS.  Download the toolkit here.

Closing the North Dakota Developmental Center

“Closing the North Dakota Developmental Center:  Issues, Implications, Guidelines,” is a report by Dr. David Braddock intended to stimulate discussion and further study by The Arc and other interested parties in North Dakota on the possible closure of the North Dakota Developmental Center at Grafton. Dowload the entire report here.

2009 Executive Summary - Developmental Disabilities in North Dakota

The Arc has a list of publications on a variety of topics available for download. Available in both English and Spanish.

Developmental Disabilities in North Dakota: The Year 2009 Report is a study of the structure, financing and quality assurance of residential and community services.  The executive summary can be viewed and printed from this website. Researched and written by Dr. David Braddock of the University of Colorado, the full report is available in print and on CD-Rom. The cost is $15 per copy for non-members.  Members may request a copy free of charge
For questions regarding this report, contact Dianne Sheppard at 701.772.6191 or email

Nursing Home Study

Dr. David Braddock and Mary Kay Rizzolo conclude in a recent study that a state’s political culture determines the prevalence of the use of institutions and nursing homes in the care of persons with developmental disabilities.

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