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HISTORY NOTE: New timeline provides details on Olmstead Plan progress

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is back in the news, with a recent court decision in the case of Bradley Jensen, et al, versus the Minnesota Department of Human Services and a study of staffing issues. It was the Jensen case, centered on allegations of mistreatment at a now-closed state facility, that jump-started work on the state’s ...

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Many resources to get out the disability community vote

Many resources to get out the disability community vote Ready to vote in Minnesota’s primary election Tuesday, August 14 and in the general election Tuesday, November 6? Voters with disabilities have a wide range of resources available. Who can vote in Minnesota? A voter must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day and a resident of Minnesota for 20 days. ...

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Radio Talking Book – August 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 ...

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Vendors offer many accessible dining options for fairgoers

Whether it’s fried or on a stick, in a cup or a cone, a big part of the Minnesota State Fair experience is the food. Many food vendors offer places where people with disabilities can eat in comfort. It’s often challenging for fairgoers to find a place with a table to eat at or be ...

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People and Places- August 2018

People and Places- August 2018   Direct support providers honored for service Five Minnesota direct support professionals (DSP) were honored with awards at the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and MOHR Summer Conference in St. Cloud. MOHR includes more than 100 adult day, day training and habilitation, extended employment, and supported employment service providers across the state. Its members serve more than 26,000 ...

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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Voting in person a challenge for people with disabilities

Earlier this year, independent nonprofit and public policy organization Pew Charitable Trust exposed Kathy Hoell's long-term struggle of voting with disabilities. Poll workers in Nebraska took Hoell to stairs. She uses a wheelchair. Hoell was also told that she was not smart enough to vote, leading to the conclusion that she is a second-class citizen. Like ...

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Accessible Events & Activities – August 2018

Accessible Events & Activities – August 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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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Time to raise the volume on inclusion and opportunity for all

by Julie Johnson, MOHR and Sue Schettie, AARM The community of those working for continual progress towards a more inclusive and supportive Minnesota for people with disabilities entered 2018 with cautious optimism that this would be a year for making real advances in public policy. A host of advocacy priorities from a combination of groups sought greater ...

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Fight against incontinence products program continues with more allies

Minnesotans who rely on incontinence products, medical products suppliers and legislators are continuing to try to block enforcement of the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Preferred Incontinence Product Program (PIPP). The program, which was approved in the waning hours of the 2017 special session of the Minnesota Legislature, is seen as taking away choice ...

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Sanctions for scam artists, fake service animals took effect August 1

The vetoes of major policy and spending bills meant gains were sparse at the capitol in 2018. However, some key bills were signed into law this spring. Two very different laws went into effect August 1, affecting people with disabilities and elders. Scam artists who target senior citizens and vulnerable adults will face more sanctions, as ...

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August 2018 edition

Here's the August 2018 edition in PDF format. Please note you may need to create a login to read or download this file.  Enjoy!  

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Getting children safely to school is training goal

Getting children safely to school is training goal [caption id="attachment_22895" align="aligncenter" width="408"] Educators from southern Minnesota are developing a biking and walking to school program for students with disabilities[/caption]   Students with disabilities in the Mankato area will be able to join their schoolmates when walking or biking to classes in the future. Educators in that part of the state enjoyed a June 28 training ...

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Crisis line is closed, but help is available

One more resource for Minnesotans in mental health crisis is gone. As June ended, Canvas Health shut down its crisis hotline, Crisis Connection. Like many other health needs statewide, funding for Crisis Connection was involved in the ongoing dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. Canvas Health had sought $1 million to support the crisis ...

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JULY SPONSOR: 65 Year Anniversary for MRCI

JULY SPONSOR: 65 Year Anniversary for MRCI A families' response to the workforce shortage in finding care for their loved one It’s a big number that signifies the big impact MRCI has on its clients. That number is 65. That is the number of years the nonprofit has been serving individuals with disabilities through innovative programs that help individuals achieve their personal goals. “This ...

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HISTORY NOTE: Looking at the past and the future provides important perspectives

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Development Disabilities (MN-GCDD) continues its work to preserve the state’s disability history. The latest effort, which was unveiled in June, is With an Eye to the Future. This important online archive is a follow-up to With an Eye to the Past, which summarized 50 years of history. It was first presented ...

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Regional News in Review – July 2018

Regional News in Review – July 2018 Agreements reached with schools The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has reached agreements with nine more school districts and charter schools to reduce disparities in suspensions for students with disabilities, American Indian students and students of color. This brings the total to 20 districts and charter schools. The latest agreements were reached with Bemidji Public Schools, Columbia ...

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Scott Adams cartoon – July 2018

Scott Adams cartoon – July 2018

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Radio Talking Book – July 2018

  Volunteer Readers Sought Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. 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. The SERO app is available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms. On iOS: go to the ...

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People and Places – July 2018

People and Places – July 2018 Bottinger honored with award The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has awarded Kate Bottiger its 2018 Transformational Leader Award. Bottiger has been the executive director at Reach for Resources since August 2014 and was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff and board members. The council oversees a membership of more than 2,100 nonprofits and 230 businesses. ...

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Accessible Events & Activities – July 2018

Accessible Events & Activities – July 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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In Memoriam – July 2018

Ohlsson was care provider, artist Elin Ohlsson is remembered as a disability rights advocate and the founder of the Care Planners and Care Planners Medical Supply. Friends recall her sense of fun and fashion, her love of the arts, her concern for animals and most importantly, her willingness to help other people. Ohlsson died in June ...

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July 2018 edition

Here's the entire July 2018 edition, in .pdf format.  Please note you may need to create a login to download and/or read this file. Enjoy!      

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Your Letters are Welcome

Your Letters are Welcome Access Press welcomes letters to the editor and commentary pieces from readers, on topics of interest to Minnesota’s disability community. Letters should be no more than 500 words, with 750 words per commentary. Ask the editors if more space is needed. Letters and guest commentaries must be signed by the authors. With letters, a writer’s hometown ...

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Services face uncertainties after veto

Services face uncertainties after veto One of the biggest disappointments of the 2018 legislative session is the failure to address a seven percent cut to the funding many Minnesotans with disabilities rely on to live, work and participate in their communities. The first round of the cut takes effect July 1. With no special legislative session to address the cut ...

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Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters

Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to Access Press in recent weeks and months. Donations large and small have come in after the newspaper board, and staff outlined the financial pressures we were facing. We are thankful for all of you and have enjoyed the notes from people who rely on Minnesota’s disability news resource. ...

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