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House of Memories’ app, program provide valued help

House of Memories’ app, program provide valued help Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. As the U.S. population ages, the rate of diagnosis will grow. African-Americans are two times more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia than non-Hispanic whites. Anyone wishing to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia should check out a new program ...

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In Memoriam – October 2018

St. Marie’s accomplishments recalled A longtime disability rights activist whose lifetime accomplishments were tainted by scandal has died. John Paul St. Marie St. Marie was an effective advocate for Minnesota’s disability community for most of his adult life. The Minneapolis resident died at age 74 in August and is survived by his wife, son and ...

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HISTORY NOTE: Smith-Sears Act helped open the door to work for disabled veterans

National Disability Employment Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for October to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. The theme for this year’s observance is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Various ways are used to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and ...

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VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 6: Take advantage of accommodations to cast election ballots

VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 6: Take advantage of accommodations to cast election ballots Minnesotans will be voting for U.S. House and Senate, governor, Minnesota House members and state office holders on Tuesday, November 6. In some communities, voters will be choosing local elected officials and weighing in on ballot questions or referendums. Many disability advocacy groups have or will host election events this fall. Newspapers and online news sources ...

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Accessible Happenings and Events

More events information: VSA Minnesota is here. The website has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of its home page. For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at access@vsamn.org or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing ...

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People and Places – October 2018

People and Places – October 2018 The Arc Minnesota seeks new leader The Arc Minnesota in September launched its search for a new chief executive officer. The new leader will replace Kim Keprios, who stepped down in June. The firm of Ballinger Leafblad is helping the agency’s board of directors with the search. The Arc has been through many changes in recent months, ...

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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Work requirements for Medicaid would do more harm than good

By Alicia Munson The Arc Minnesota Public Policy Director The health care that people with disabilities receive through Medicaid has been a lifeline for over half a century. Medicaid means lifesaving prescriptions, therapies and treatments, increasing life expectancies and survival from once fatal injuries and situations. Creating burdensome barriers to Medicaid (Medical Assistance, or MA, in Minnesota) won’t ...

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Regional News in Review – October 2018

Regional News in Review – October 2018 Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans are rallying to raise funds for the Charles Thompson Memorial Hall in St Paul. The social hall, which is more than a century old, is the focus of a campaign to make the building handicapped-accessible. The hall is more than ...

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October 2018 edition

Here's the October 2018 edition in .pdf format.  Please note you may need to create a log-in to download and/or read the document. Enjoy!        

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Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort

Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort As Minnesota continues to struggle with its care crisis, measures are being taken to address the critical need for direct care workers. Efforts are stepping up to implement the enhanced rates for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) programs. The programs involved are Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Traditional and PCA Choice, along with Consumer-Directed ...

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Handi Medical is going strong

Handi Medical is going strong Thirty years ago Mary Miller was studying nursing and working as a personal care assistant to Darcy Pohland, a Twin Cities reporter who had broken her neck in a diving accident. When Miller called for medical supplies, she would often have to wait two weeks for delivery. When a wheelchair needed repair, she was told ...

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September Issue Sponsor – MRCI

September Issue Sponsor – MRCI Direct support professionals can change lives By Lisa Cownie, MRCI Strategic Writer As Laura Elkins watches her two daughters, ages 9 and 7, play in her backyard she doesn’t take it for granted. A few years ago, just letting them outside to play wasn’t really an option. Her oldest daughter, Brynn, is what Laura describes as ...

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Charlie Smith Award presentation, event on hold until 2019

Charlie Smith Award presentation, event on hold until 2019 A familiar story is missing from this month’s issue of Access Press. September is when the Access Press Board typically announces the winner of the Charlie Smith Award, given annually to Minnesota individual or group in recognition of outstanding service to the state’s disability community. The winner is honored at a banquet and award presentation. The ...

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HISTORY NOTE: ‘The Last Deaf Club’ provides valuable historical perspective

HISTORY NOTE: ‘The Last Deaf Club’ provides valuable historical perspective Deaf clubs for decades provided crucial points of contact for an otherwise isolated sector of the disability community. People would gather to enjoy social events, meet new friends, learn skills and seek resources and support. But changes over time have forced many of the clubs to close their doors. Additional access to assistive technology, more ...

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Loans can make life at home, working easier

Loans can make life at home, working easier By Equipalife Would assistive technology or specialized equipment help you enter or remain in the workplace? Would it help you live more comfortably in your home? Or do you need help going to school? Thanks to a state program, EquipALife is offering loans to help Minnesotans with disabilities meet such needs. But the clock is ticking ...

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Accessible Events – September 2018

More events information: VSA Minnesota is here. The website has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of its home page. For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at access@vsamn.org or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing ...

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Radio Talking Book – September 2018

Volunteer Readers Sought Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. If you know someone who may be interested in volunteering, we’d like to hear from them. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.   Radio Talking Book App for Smartphones Listeners can now enjoy Radio Talking Book on their handheld mobile devices. ...

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People and Places – September 2018

People and Places – September 2018 Grants fund new efforts to support people with disabilities The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded $2.6 million to community organizations for efforts supporting the goals of competitive jobs, stable housing and community involvement for people with disabilities. The grants will help lead to better choices and outcomes for people with disabilities. Over the next two ...

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In Memoriam – September 2018

He founded hockey group Luke F. Pederson’s lifelong love of sports led to his co-founding of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. The 45-year-old Minneapolis resident died in August. Pederson was born in North Dakota, part of a large family. At age five he was diagnosed with facial scapula humeral muscular dystrophy. He played piano ...

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Regional New in Review – September 2018

Massive complaint backlog resolved State health regulators have eliminated a massive backlog of unresolved complaints alleging abuse and neglect at Minnesota senior care facilities. They are also committing to speed up investigations into new complaints. That’s a huge turnaround from taking months if not years to get complaints handled. Those delays infuriated family members of abuse ...

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Minneapolis bike paths’ barriers limit access, generate frustration

Minneapolis bike paths’ barriers limit access, generate frustration By the Minnesota Council on Disability The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department recently started installing concrete bike lane barriers that limit access for many residents and visitors with disabilities. The concrete barriers measure about six inches high and are between 18 and 24 inches wide. The concrete barrier separate the bike lane, which is next ...

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September 2018 edition

Here's a pdf of the entire September 2018 edition. Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download this file. Enjoy!      

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Mental health awareness day is a new feature of 2018 state fair

Mental health awareness day is a new feature of 2018 state fair A special day to spotlight mental health awareness and new, accessible buildings are among the many highlights at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. The fair is August 23 through Labor Day September 3 in Falcon Heights. This edition of Access Press includes information on general fair accessibility, accessible dining venues, Mental Health Awareness Day on Monday, ...

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August 2018 Issue Sponsor: UCare

August 2018 Issue Sponsor: UCare   UCare – People powered plans for everyone High-quality health coverage for every age and stage of life. Powered by some of the hardest working people in health care. That’s UCare! We’re different. That’s a good thing. UCare is an independent and inclusive not-for-profit health plan serving Minnesotans since 1984. We’re committed to improving the health of our members and our communities. UCare ...

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Appeal is denied: oversight to continue

Court oversight of work on Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan will continue, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 26. A three-judge panel rejected an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), which sought to have the oversight by federal court officials ended. DHS had the option to appeal the decision but chose not to ...

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