Minnesota State Council on Disability

Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.
MSCOD logo

People with disabilities represent approximately 20% of Minnesota’s population. As we age, that number will increase. Individuals with disabilities are living longer, more inclusive and more productive lives than ever before. As our population ages, in particular, as the baby boomers age, people will acquire age related disabilities.

Established in 1973 by the state legislature, the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. 

Progress has been made in removing barriers but we continue to live in a Minnesota that has barriers for people with disabilities. People with disabilities continue to experience disparity with lack of adequate accessible transportation, housing, as well as physical and programmatic access to public and private facilities. People with disabilities experience disproportionate unemployment and underemployment. MSCOD’s work is critical to advance Minnesota toward removing barriers for people with disabilities.

To accomplish our mission, we concentrate on policy, training and being the state’s premiere disability related technical resource.