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2016 Honoree – Cliff Poetz is remarkable for decades of community service

2016 Honoree – Cliff Poetz is remarkable for decades of community service

A longtime advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is the 2016 Access Press Charlie Smith Award winner. Clifford Poetz has been a disability rights activist since the early 1970s, with many remarkable accomplishments to his credit. He will …

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Metro Transit must allow data access

Metro Transit must provide a bus passenger with disabilities and his attorney with access to data from a 2013 incident, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled August 24. The ruling is a win for bus passenger Robert Burks and the Minnesota …

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Minnesota sends 11 – 2016 Paralympics faced major challenges

Minnesota sends 11 –  2016 Paralympics faced major challenges

Rose Hollerman, Chuck Aoki and Ian Lynch are U.S. 2016 Paralympics Team memberswith strong ties to the Courage Kenny Institute.



As 11 Minnesotans prepared to attend the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, news reports indicated that the …

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Editor’s Column – September 2016

As I started writing this month’s editorial, I knew I wanted to avoid starting out with my continuing concerns about the critical shortage of direct support staff (DSP) personal care attendants (PCAs) in the disability community. I’ll get to that, …

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Meet the 2016 Charlie Smith Award nominees

Meet the 2016 Charlie Smith Award nominees


TRAIL blazes transportation path

Accessible transportation is crucial to independence and life in the greater community. Eden Prairie-based Transportation Resource to Aid Independent Living, Inc. or TRAIL, has provided much-needed transportation services for adults for 25 years.

TRAIL’s mission …

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Accessible Events – September 2016

September 2016 issue

Celebrating the ADA

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Waiver lawsuit to proceed

Minnesota State Fair offers accommodations

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