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Deadline is approaching: Nominate someone for Charlie Smith Award

Deadline is approaching: Nominate someone for Charlie Smith Award Someone out there works every day to provide outstanding service to Minnesotans with disabilities. That someone works for change in the community, lobbies policymakers, works to promote equal rights and equal opportunity or quietly helps out as needed. That someone may be one person, two people or an entire organization. Think about those special “someones” as ...

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May 2017 Issue Sponsors: DHS, SEIU HEALTHCARE working together to address workforce challenge

May 2017 Issue Sponsors: DHS, SEIU HEALTHCARE working together to address workforce challenge DHS and SEIU are involved in a joint effort to help meet this challenge. The State of Minnesota and SEIU reached a collective bargaining agreement in 2015 that includes strategies to improve workers’ skills and match workers with people who need workers. One focus is to provide free classroom and online training to workers to ...

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History Note: Gillette marks 120 years’ groundbreaking service to children

What is now Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is celebrating 120 years’ service to the community. Supporters gathered at the capitol April 25 to mark the occasion. On April 23, 1897, the Minnesota Legislature established Gillette as the nation’s first hospital specializing in care for children with complex medical conditions. The hospital was established at a time ...

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Sign up now for Partners in Policymaking 2017-18 training series

Sign up now for Partners in Policymaking 2017-18 training series Minnesota’s nationally recognized Partners in Policymaking program is open for applications for the 2017-2018 year. Deadline to apply for the free, in-depth leadership training program is July 10. Many people with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities have taken part in the program, and have learned to better advocate for their needs. Partners ...

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Scott Adams Cartoon – May 2017

Scott Adams Cartoon – May 2017

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Students with disabilities can try for new college program

In an effort to help reduce the education and prosperity gap in Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas is opening the Dougherty Family College for the 2017-18 school year. The college is now accepting applications for its first class of students. “A college degree is one of the best ways to beat poverty,” said Mike Dougherty, ...

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Advocates work for access improvements The St. Cloud area Advocates for Independence and the McDonalds McStop restaurant located on Clearwater Road in St. Cloud recently worked together to discuss changes to improve the dining experience for people with disabilities. McDonalds management then implemented the changes. Advocates for Independence committee is a group that speaks out on disability ...

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People and Places – May 2017

People and Places – May 2017 Housing option is celebrated The $10.3 million project is a partnership between Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP) and Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), a nonprofit affordable housing developer. Cornerstone Creek is affordable, independent housing that allows tenants to hold their own leased, control their finances, select their service provider and maintain their own private space. “I think all ...

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In Memoriam – May 2017

In Memoriam – May 2017 After years of isolation, Gray thrived with integration Newport resident Suzy Gray lived a life that was a model for community integration. Gray died in April at her home in Newport, just days before her 56th birthday. Born in Indianapolis, Suzy Gray spent much of her life in institutions. She lived with developmental and physical disabilities, including ...

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May 2017 edition

Here's the entire May 2017 edition.  Please note you may need to create a log in to download and/or read the pdf. Enjoy!    

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Radio Talking Book – May 2017

 Programming change Sunday night programming has a few programs that focus on blindness and disabilities. One of those that we receive from elsewhere has shifted their production so that we need to shift our programming. Beginning on Sunday, May 7, our first and third Sundays will still feature Main Menu, and our final Sunday of the ...

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Health, independence are conference topics

Healthy, independent living is the focus of a conference sponsored by the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD). Save the date of Tuesday, October 3 and make plans to attend the conference at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis. The church is accessible. Keynote speaker will be Henry Emmons. Emmons is a doctor and author ...

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Accessible Events and Opportunities – May 2017

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 ...

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History Note: Life in, after institutionalization is documentary focus

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was in March. But it’s never too late to see videos prepared by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (MnCDD), to learn about historical efforts and accomplishments to advance the cause of integration and inclusion for people with disabilities. Faces of Inclusion and Integration tells powerful stories of lives changed. The ...

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Rotunda rings with calls for change, but is it enough?

Rotunda rings with calls for change, but is it enough? People with disabilities, their caregivers and allies packed the state capitol rotunda repeatedly in March to make their needs know. Having a presence has been a theme this session. On April 7 members of the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities stood outside the House chambers, as that body began work on the health and ...

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From our community – April 2017

Spend-down limits must be fixed so people can live in dignity My name is Rik Seiler and I live in St. Paul. I sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2014 when a car slid into me on an icy patch of Highway 169 in Shakopee. I had just rescued a 19-year-old driver whose car had flipped ...

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Accessible Events & Services – April 2017

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 ...

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Radio Talking Book – April 2017

Podcasts A podcast is a digital audio or video recording that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer. For some time now, SSB has been working with a podcast site called Blind Abilities that specializes in making podcasts that are about blindness and limited vision. You can access Blind Abilities on ...

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In Memoriam – April 2017

Becklund a pioneer in home care A pioneer in home health care, independence and dignity has died. Rhoda Arlene Becklund died March 14. She was 79 and lived in Minneapolis. Becklund was founder and longtime owner of her own home health care companies, and Becklund Outreach, an affiliated nonprofit. She opened her own agency in 1984. She ...

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Regional News in Review – April 2017

Work center faces maltreatment claims An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) alleges serious maltreatment of some clients at the Adult Training and Habilitation Center in Hutchinson. The report stated that a staff member inflicted emotional, physical and sexual abuse on five clients dating to January 2017. The alleged incidents took place in a ...

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April 2017 issue

Here's the pdf of the April 2017 issue.  Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download the file. Enjoy!    

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People and Places – April 2017

Floor hockey champions crowned North Suburban and Brainerd/Pillager are this year’s adapted floor hockey champions. The teams won titles in the Minnesota State High School League tournament, held March 17-18 at Bloomington Jefferson High School. Titles were awarded for co-ed teams whose members have physical disabilities (PI) and developmental and cognitive disabilities (CI). North Suburban defended its ...

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More oversight seen as needed for home, community services

More oversight seen as needed for home, community services More oversight is needed for programs that provide care and services for people with disabilities and the elderly, according to a report from the state’s legislative auditor. The 84-page report, which focused on $2.4 billion in home and community-based services spending and providers, was hailed by disability coalitions ARRM and Best Life Alliance for shedding ...

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History Note: Protests, podium appearances created lasting ADA images

During March, Women’s History Month, Access Press honors women who played a role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They are sometimes described as the “mothers” of the ADA. This month is a look at some of the women whose actions created lasting images linked to the ADA’s passage. Information is ...

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Low caregiver pay prevents people from succeeding

Low caregiver pay prevents people from succeeding By Jeffrey P. Straub My wife and I are the parents of a 26-year-old with cerebral palsy. Joshua was born 10 weeks premature and had an inter-cranial bleed that resulted in spastic quadriplegia. Despite his disability, he has graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a double major in history and creative writing (with honors). He is ...

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