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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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Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies

Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies Ways to address Minnesota’s growing direct care worker shortage continue to be scrutinized. Seven main priorities, along with several related recommendations, are under study by Minnesota’s Olmstead Sub-cabinet and a working group. The report, Recommendations to Expand, Diversify, and Improve Minnesota’s Direct Care and Support Workforce Workplan, was reviewed by the Olmstead Sub-cabinet July 23. A ...

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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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Editor’s Column – August 2018

July 26 was a big day in the disability community. We had the 28th ADA celebration at the Science Museum of Minnesota, with a theme focused on mental health. Once again the celebration was well attended and there was a plethora of entertainment. The Sam Miltich and Friends band played amazing jazz music, and Sam ...

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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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Emergency bid fails; cuts take effect July 1 to waiver services

Emergency bid fails; cuts take effect July 1 to waiver services   Tough times are ahead for many Minnesotans with disabilities and their service providers. Efforts to stop a seven percent cut to waiver services fell short June 28. U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a 13-page ruling that allows the cuts to go forward, starting July 1 and continuing to December 31, 2019. Wright ruled against ...

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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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Editor’s Column – July 2018

I’m writing this on a perfect summer morning, but there haven’t been too many of them so far this year. It’s been a long, hot summer and it’s only July. Maybe the weather seems worse because the news in healthcare legislation has also been so rough this summer. We’ve had some difficult cuts in services and ...

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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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