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Editor’s Column – October 2017

November 3 is the Charlie Smith awards banquet. The award winners every year are awesome trailblazers in the community, and remind us how much talent and leadership there is in organizations large and small, public and private and completely independent. I’m excited this year that our honoree is young, full of energy and, as you’ll  ...

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From Our Community: Help Metro Mobility provide better service for riders, help the drivers

There are many reasons to like Metro Mobility. It gets us to jobs, medical appointments, places of fun and interest, shopping and to see our friends. Drivers will help with packages and wheelchairs and many other things. Most drivers are willing to drive 10-12 hours a day, in an overloaded system that causes them to ...

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October 2017 edition

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2017 Charlie Smith Award winner tirelessly makes a difference

2017 Charlie Smith Award winner tirelessly makes a difference Athlete and advocate Mark Braun works to make a difference, one person at a time. His own difficult start in life has resulted in a giving spirit and a desire to help others. As a teen, Braun set the pace for Minnesota high school wheelchair athletes. He is an advocate for people with disabilities, with a ...

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Durable goods access changes concerns go on

Access to needed medical equipment and supplies continues to cause problems for many people with disabilities. The latest fight in Minnesota is to repeal a law which affects incontinence supplies. The law takes effect July 1, 2018. The Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (MAMES), its members and other advocates are asking to overturn a law ...

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Editor’s Column – September 2017

In early September, many of the advocacy organizations are putting together their 2018 legislative agendas, prioritizing and discussing what issues are most relevant to their constituents. At noon on February 20, 2018, the 90th Minnesota Legislature will reconvene its regular session, but over the next few months, committee meetings and discussions of a wide variety ...

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A gift of shoes restores her faith in humanity

Many a day I’ve wondered, “How are we going to get through this?” “This,” meaning, the power of callous people to change the world in the wrong way. Then I wake up to a new day and new possibilities. This is what happened recently, which opened my heart, again, to the potential of human caring: I woke ...

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September 2017 Newspaper Issue

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Editor’s Column – August 2017

Over the last month we have had some pretty senseless legislative plans being deliberated in Washington concerning the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sen. John McCain (R – Arizona) made sure that he came to a Senate hearing very shortly after major surgery, so that he could vote in favor of discussing the ...

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August Issue Sponsor: UCare -Clear and simple health coverage

August Issue Sponsor: UCare -Clear and simple health coverage Clear and simple health coverage – that’s UCare’s longtime goal for members of its Medicare, Medicaid, Special Needs Plans and commercial health insurance plans. UCare strives to provide high-quality health care and a wide range of benefits and value-added services that contribute to overall health and well-being. UCare (www.ucare.org) is an independent, not-for-profit and inclusive health ...

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Health conference offers chance to learn and change

The idea for the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD) to host a health and wellness Conference came after touring a Living Well Disability Services group home. Chief Operating Officer Rod Carlson, gave me a tour and detailed their incredible success with healthy lifestyles programming. They utilized a whole food organic diet and training ...

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Disability cause grows, so we must keep on going

Disability cause grows, so we must keep on going It just feels good - to know that people care and to sense the support of so many in Minnesota who agree that providing services to people with disabilities should be a priority. I have met many parents and guardians of adults with disabilities who ask for more information. When they find out what’s happening, some ...

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August 2017 issue

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Editor’s Column – July 2017

It's been rather stressful recently for just about everybody in the disability community after the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House in May, after a delay on its vote. The Senate version, which was brought to the table on June 22, is said to be even worse than the House bill, and ...

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Radio Talking Book – July 2017

How does a book become an Audio Book? On Thursday, July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Communication Center is hosting a session for all users of the Radio Talking Book or any Audio books entitled “How does a book become an Audio Book?” We will have presenters from various sections speaking on what is ...

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July 2017 issue

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Legislative session’s end was good news, bad news

Legislative session’s end was good news, bad news When the work of the 2017 Minnesota Legislature is reviewed, results for Minnesotans with disabilities are decidedly mixed. Several gains were noted but many requests must wait until 2018. Gov. Mark Dayton and House and Senate leaders spent the last weeks of the regular session, and a four-day special session, clashing over spending. the first batch ...

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Editor’s Column – June 2017

The 2017 legislative session ended on time on May 23, only to be followed immediately by a special session. Over the next three days, the Legislature finished the budget bills and sent them to Governor Dayton, who made a line-item veto on the budgets for the House and Senate. The governor wants legislative leaders to ...

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Henry’s courage has been an asset to the disability community

Henry’s courage has been an asset to the disability community Martin Luther King said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” In reality, I think the arc of the moral universe is more like a roller coaster but hopefully, in the end, it will bend towards justice. When it does bend here Minnesota, we have Anne Henry to thank. When ...

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Larson’s leadership made a difference for many people

Larson’s leadership made a difference for many people Steve Larson work with people with disabilities goes back to the 1970s and 1980s where he started his career in Rochester and with Olmsted County. Steve and his wife Joan began their careers working in group homes for persons with intellectual and developmental challenges. He knows what it’s like to be a direct service worker. ...

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June 2017 edition

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Editor’s Column – May 2017

Ok, too much to talk about on the political front, but I can’t resist one weather-related question: When will warm summer days come and stay for more than three days? The Minnesota Legislature is doing their best to heat things up. On April 28, our legislators came up with new funding targets -- in general, a ...

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May 2017 edition

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Editor’s Column – April 2017

Minnesota’s House of Representatives and Senate released their target budgets on March 27. The proposed numbers are devastating to both the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), and to other state agencies. In the fourth year of budget surpluses that are larger than expected, it was very discouraging to ...

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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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