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Council on the Arts: Service and program agency of the state, established in 1967 by State Legislature to develop, promote and support the arts in North Dakota. The NDCA operates with an annual budget of over $1.5 million through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. Approximately two-thirds of the NDCA’s budget is awarded to organizations and individuals through various grant programs.

Disability in the Arts

Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

North Dakota Department of Health

North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • Adult and Aging Services: Programs and services that help older adults and adults with physical disabilities to live safely and productively in the least restrictive, appropriate setting.
    • Aging and Disability Resource-LINKConnects people to services to help them maintain or improve their quality of life.  Explore this site or contact the free and confidential ADRL to guide you to services and supports available in your community.
  • Autism Services Unit: Provides information to parents and professionals on the state of service delivery and supports for those with autism and their families in North Dakota.
  • Child Support: Child Support program is a joint effort involving the federal government and North Dakota to secure support payments for children whose parents are not both in the home.
  • Children and Family: State's public child welfare system is county administered and state supervised. The Department of Human Services' Children and Family Services Division is responsible for many programs and services, and sets policies and procedures for public child welfare services.
  • Public Assistance: NDDHS has multiple programs to help qualified North Dakotans meet their basic needs. These programs help many low-income families who are working toward self-sufficiency.
  • Medical: Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Children's Special Health Services (CSHS), Health Tracks and Medicaid.
  • Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Abuse): Behavioral Health Division provides leadership for the planning, development and oversight of a system of care for children, adults and families affected by severe emotional disorders, mental illness, and/or substance abuse issues. Direct behavioral health services are provided by the department's eight regional human service centers, the State Hospital and through contracts with providers.
  • Services for Individuals with Disabilities: Work to assist individuals in accessing services and supports to promote quality of life, independence and employment.
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Vocational Rehabilitation: Assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. Provides training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased. Full-service business assistance program for state business owners and employers. Provides professional consultations to assist business owners and employers in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
    • Other programs and service
Job Service
Resources Directory

Department of Public Instruction


Anne Carlson Center: Educational Services
CACEP Meal Requirements for Eating/Feeding Disability or Food Allergy/Intolerance/ Meal Requirements for Lifestyle Choices
Coalition for Responsible Home Education: North Dakota
Disability Services Council: Supports and promotes the efforts of state colleges and universities to provide full participation for students with disabilities in higher education. 
Financial Assistance: Options for Low-Income Children and Families (North Dakota)
Guidelines for Disability Documentation: N.D. Colleges and Universities Disability Services
Guidelines for Serving Students with Emotional Disturbance in Educational Settings
Guidelines for Serving Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Educational Settings 
Guidelines: Intellectual Disabilities in Educational Settings: Intended as new clarification of the special education processes for evaluation, identification, eligibility, development and provision of services, and placement in the least restrictive environment.  The guidelines reference the regulations of 2006 of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
How to Become a Special Education Teacher in N.D.
Indian Education
N.D. College & University Disability Support Services contacts
N.D. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan
N.D. School Boards Association: Special Education in North Dakota: N.D. School Boards Association Annual Convention presentation
N.D. University System: Paying For College: Grants and Scholarships
Parent Guide to Special Education
Pathfinder Services of North Dakota: Statewide non-profit organization that received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to become N.D.’s statewide parent training and information center. Serves more than 2,000 parents of children at risk because of learning challenges or disabilities (ages birth to 26).
Special Education
Special Education Dispute Resolution
Special Education State Guidelines

Secretary of State
Nonprofit Services
Direct Service Locations

Delivering human services involves a partnership between the department, counties, and private service providers. The administrative arm of the department receives and distributes funds for human service needs, provides direction and technical assistance, sets standards, conducts training of county staff, manages the computerized eligibility systems, and provides program supervision to county employees. About 83 percent of the department's staff are based at direct service locations (the North Dakota State Hospital, Life Skills & Transition Center, the eight regional human service centers, the eight regional child support units, and regional vocational rehabilitation offices). County social service offices are also important local service providers.
  • County Social Services Offices: First point of contact for families who need economic assistance, child welfare services, supportive services for elderly and disabled individuals, children's special health services, or help locating other local resources and programs.
  • Life Skills & Transition Center (Grafton): State-operated, comprehensive support agency for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and was formerly named the N.D. Developmental Center.
  • Regional Child Support Units (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Services requiring a referral from public assistance programs (TANF, etc.) or if parents request services. Services may include: paternity establishment, establishment and enforcement of child support and medical support orders, review and adjustment of court orders, locating a parent, and customer service.
  • Regional Human Service Centers (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Help to individuals and families with concerns including family and relationship issues, mental illness, addiction, disabilities, and other needs.
  • State Hospital (Jamestown): Specialized psychiatric and substance abuse services for individuals whose needs exceed the resources and capacity of other community services.
  • Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Offices (Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston): Assistance for North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.
Online Services Medicaid
Coverage for workers with disabilities
Coverage for children with disabilities
North Dakota Department of Transportation

Dean Knutson
Dean Knutson performs volunteer respite care visits in East Grand Forks, Minn., on behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. The Grand Forks resident likes the fit, for several reasons. “I’ve been told I can talk,” he said, smiling. He says he’s a good listener, too – a key component of respite service. Knutson ...
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