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Deadline is approaching for newspaper award nominations

Deadline is approaching for newspaper award nominations Before taking off on that summer vacation, why not nominate someone deserving of the 2017 Access Press Charlie Smith Award? The deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 15 is rapidly approaching, and the newspaper’s board of director and staff are waiting for more nominations to arrive. This year’s award will be presented Friday, November 3 at ...

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Minnesotans wary, watching federal action

All eyes are on Washington, D.C. as debate continues over repealing the Affordable Care Act and making dramatic cuts and caps to the Medicaid program. Minnesota disability organizations and individuals are among the voices from around the country fighting to save the needed funding and health care coverage. The vote is expected the second week ...

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The Arc Minnesota’s Larson steps down after long career

A well-deserved retirement means Minnesotans with disabilities are saying goodbye to one of their strongest champions and legislative strategists. Steve Larson, senior policy director for The Arc Minnesota, stepped down July 7. He and his wife Joan Breslin Larson were honored at a retirement party June 28. While he’ll miss his work and the many people ...

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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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Disability rights march and rally

Disability rights march and rally Disability rights march and rally Twenty-seven years ago this month, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed. Join Minnesotans and their allies at a march and rally to celebrate the anniversary. Events are planned for Wednesday, July 26 in St. Paul. Events are free and open to the public. At 1 p.m., gather at the ...

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History Note: Marches, rallies draw attention to disability rights cause

July 26th is the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). How will Minnesotans celebrate? Many will take part in a march to the Minnesota capitol that day, which will be followed by a rally and program. Details are elsewhere in this issue of Access Press. Marches and rallies have long been part of the ...

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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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People and Places – July 2017

People and Places – July 2017 Prep sports wrap up successful year Minnesota prep athletes with disabilities wrapped up the 2016-2017 academic year with state tournaments in adapted softball, bowling and track and field. The track and field tournament at Hamline University June 9-10 was the final event until fall. Athletes in Class A and AA competed in wheelchair events. In the Class ...

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Regional News in Review – July 2017

Regional News in Review – July 2017 Skyway access fight goes on A squabble over skyway access at the Railroader Printing Building isn’t over, despite a 4-3 June 21 St. Paul City Council vote requiring that the Mears Park property stay open until 2 a.m. After the council vote building manager Jaunae Brooks said she would continue to close the building doors at ...

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Accessible Events and Opportunities – July 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 a weekly listing ...

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Scott Adams Cartoon – July 2017

Scott Adams Cartoon – July 2017

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Odyssey conference awards recognize people, organizations

Odyssey conference awards recognize people, organizations Five individuals and one organization were recognized for improving the health and lives of all people who need services to live, work and engage in their communities at the 2017 Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference.  The conference was held June 21-22 in Duluth. “These awards highlight the important work being done by innovative, caring and dedicated ...

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July 2017 issue

Here's the entire July 2017 issue.  Please note you may need to create a log in to read or download the .pdf document of this edition. Enjoy!      

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Longtime leaders feted: Many are honored for work during 2017 session

Longtime leaders feted: Many are honored for work during 2017 session When the Minnesota Legislature convenes in 2018, two longtime disability community champions will be missed. The Arc Minnesota’s Steve Larson, who is winding down his work as senior policy director, will step down in July after his successor is named. Anne Henry, a mainstay at the Minnesota Disability Law Center, will retire this fall. The two ...

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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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Access woes as skyway changes eyed

In Minnesota, skyways provide protection from the elements and access in downtown areas for residents, workers and business patrons. In St. Paul, a fight over skyway access and nuisance behavior is worrisome to people with disabilities. Changes are proposed to the city’s skyway governance ordinance, including allowing a midnight shutdown instead of the current closing between ...

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Sponsors make Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet a success

Sponsors make Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet a success The Access Press Charlie Smith Award banquet pieces keep falling into place. Award nominees are sought, so make plans to submit the name of a deserving person or group by 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 9. Go to the Charlie Awards tab for details and a nomination form. Call 651-644-2133 or email CSAnominations@accesspress. org with questions. The award ...

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History Note – Olin has spent decades documenting civil rights movement

The disability rights movement has had many people who have followed its story. Few have been more dedicated than Tom Olin. Olin is considered to be the social documentarian of the disability rights movement. He began taking pictures in 1985 and has since spent many years building an incredible collection of iconic photos of the historic ...

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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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Scott Adams Cartoon – June 2017

Scott Adams Cartoon – June 2017

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People and Places – June 2017

People and Places – June 2017 Partners in Policymaking graduates class Partners in Policymaking marked 30 years’ service this spring by graduating its latest class. The graduates were honored with a ceremony in Bloomington. Gov. Mark Dayton declared graduation day, May 13, as Partners in Policymaking Day in Minnesota. Class members learn how to more effectively advocate for themselves and their family members ...

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In Memoriam – June 2017

Oden was Access Press webmaster Alice Oden played a unique role in the history of Access Press, as the newspaper’s first webmaster. The Shoreview resident died May 29 at the University of Minnesota Medic al Center. She was 69. Friends and family remember Oden as someone with a strong faith and a good outlook on life. Alice Zimmerman, ...

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June 2017 edition

Here's the entire issue for June 2017 in .pdf format. Please note you may need to create a log in to download and/or view this e-issue. Enjoy!        

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