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For more than 60 years, ARC of Minnesota has been raising awareness for people with disabilities. And this weekend, families of those with special needs from Duluth and across the state were at one big convention at the DECC... aimed at making their lives easier. "Meeting new people, meeting new faces and the other part of it...I like to be an advocate because it's easy for folks when they go to the board meetings and stuff." 29-year-old Nathan Bauer was born with Down's Syndrome. Decades ago, ARC officials say such people would have been institutionalized. However, Nathan's father, who is the state president of ARC, has helped individuals like son lead increasingly independent lives. "My son Nathan is probably the reason that we have participated and belonged to the ARC of Minnesota for the past 29 years." Lynne Frigaard directs the ARC Northland Chapter here in Duluth and says the greatest reward comes from watching people with disabilities and their families lead everyday lives. "I've watched for over 25 years to see how everything has changed, and how little opportunity people used to have and how much opportunity they have today. And it makes me feel really good to work for an organization that's that progressive." And for many participants, all they ask is for all children to be able to take a proactive role in the world they live in. "When I look at William, this is definitely, we want to see a world where all people are treated equal, all people have equal opportunities to access their community." There are more than a dozen ARC chapters across the State of Minnesota where people can be linked to a variety of supportive services. For more information on ARC, just log on to our web site. Northlands news center dot com and click on the News links tab. Families of those with special needs from Duluth and across the state were at one big convention at the DECC... aimed at making their lives easier. "Meeting new people, meeting new faces and the other part of it...I like to be an advocate because it's easy for folks when they go to the board meetings and stuff." 29-year-old Nathan Bauer was born with Down's Syndrome.

Decades ago, ARC officials say such people would have been institutionalized.

However, Nathan's father, who is the state president of ARC, has helped individuals like son lead increasingly independent lives. "My son Nathan is probably the reason that we have participated and belonged to the ARC of Minnesota for the past 29 years." Lynne Frigaard directs the ARC Northland Chapter here in Duluth and says the greatest reward comes from watching people with disabilities and their families lead everyday lives. "I've watched for over 25 years to see how everything has changed, and how little opportunity people used to have and how much opportunity they have today. And it makes me feel really good to work for an organization that's that progressive." And for many participants, all they ask is for all children to be able to take a proactive role in the world they live in. "When I look at William, this is definitely, we want to see a world where all people are treated equal, all people have equal opportunities to access their community." There are more than a dozen ARC chapters across the State of Minnesota where people can be linked to a variety of supportive services.

For more information on ARC, just log on to our web site. Northlands news center dot com and click on the News links tab.

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