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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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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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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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April 2017 issue

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Editor’s Column – March 2017

The Minnesota legislative session is in full swing and moving at a very rapid pace, with deadlines for legislation to be heard in both chamber committees by March 10. "The first committee deadlines were adopted in 1971 as part of the Permanent Joint Rules. There were two deadlines, one for bills in the house of ...

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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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Choices, integration are working for many, but are threatened

At age 25, our son was presented options about where he could live and work. He chose to live in a residential group home with three other gentlemen with disabilities, and 24-hour live-in staff. At about the same time, he chose a nonprofit day training and habilitation program that helped with employment opportunities. Soon our son ...

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In Memoriam – March 2017

Herndon led on and off the court John Herndon is remembered as a student leader on and off of the Southwest Minnesota State University basketball court. The straight-A student and Mustangs wheelchair basketball team captain died February 14 after going into cardiac arrest during practice. The team is more like a family, with players recruited from around ...

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March 2016 issue

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