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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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Retirement awaits: New chapter for Radio Talking Book’s Holland

Retirement awaits: New chapter for Radio Talking Book’s Holland When Stuart Holland stepped down as manager of Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network September 5, he didn’t call it a retirement. “I think more of it as a transition rather than a retirement,” Holland said. He was a state employee since 1975, and with Radio Talking Book since 1986. “That’s a long time,” he said, “and ...

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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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History Note: Foundation for special education was laid in 1975

Crayons, pencils, a ruler and a backpack are necessities at back-to-school time. Learning the ABCs for students with disabilities requires another set of three letters – the IEP or Individualized Education Program. 2017 marks 40 years since IEPs began to be widely used. Key changes to IEPs were made 20 years ago. For many years students ...

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Nominees reflect what’s good about the community

Nominees reflect what’s good about the community Access Press wishes to honor the four other nominees for the 2017 Charlie Smith Award. Here are their stories. Bjorgan helps improve lives Karen Bjorgan works tirelessly to help people adapt to their new lives after having a stroke and other disabilities. The coordinator of the Stroke INSPIRE Program at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, ...

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Metro Mobility, other fare increase take effect October 1

Metro Mobility, other fare increase take effect October 1 On October 1, passengers using Metro Mobility, buses and trains in the Twin Cities region will pay more for their rides. The Metropolitan Council in July unanimously passed a 25-cent fare increase for local and express buses, light rail and commuter rail, as well as a 50-cent hike for Metro Mobility. Metro Mobility is the ...

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Radio Talking Book – September 2017

  Scott McKinney, Radio Supervisor Help us to welcome our new Radio Supervisor. Scott has a BA in psychology from Augsburg College and comes to us with vast experience in broadcasting, journalism and community services. Scott has leadership experience as a station manager and as an agency planner. He is the current editor of the Braham ...

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Adaptive cycling lending program lets riders hit the trail

Adaptive cycling lending program lets riders hit the trail Enhancing Independence and Building Community through Outdoor Adaptive Cycling” is the mission and motto of one of the state’s first adaptive cycling lending program. Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling or TCAC is a non-profit organization co-founded by bicycling enthusiasts Caitlin “Cato” Bowles-Roth and Tommy Dixon. They and TCAC volunteers work to increase participation and access to cycling ...

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Disability Hub MN makes its debut

The Disability Linkage Line is now Disability Hub MN. The name change and an expanded scope of services were unveiled in August. The website and call-in resource will provide Minnesotans with disabilities assistance on a wide array of topics including health care, housing, work and other resources. Disability Hub MN is a free statewide resource network ...

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Accessible Events – September 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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People & Places – September 2017

People & Places – September 2017 Calvit is Pollen honoree Jeanne Calvit, founder, creative director and executive director of Interact Center for Visual and Performing Acts is one of the 2017 50 Over 50 honorees. For the second year, AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest are honoring 50 Minnesotans over the age of 50. The honorees are saluted for their impact in the arts, ...

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Ready for the banquet?

The Access Press Charlie Smith Award Banquet is Friday, November 3 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. Our award winner has been named but the work isn’t over yet. Readers can help make the banquet a big success. We’d like to see you there and we’d welcome your donations for the silent auction ...

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In Memoriam: September 2017

Timber saw everyone's potential Described as an “angel on earth” and a champion for people with disabilities, Colleen Timbers was a mainstay at Merrick Inc. for many years. Timbers, 63, died August 14 after a battle with cancer. Timbers was a native of Wisconsin. She earned degrees from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in political science, history, and ...

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Regional News in Review – September 2017

Regional News in Review – September 2017 Camp Winnebago pulls up stakes After 50 years of serving campers with disabilities throughout the region, Camp Winnebago in Caledonia is closing. Its board plans to sell the property this fall, according to an announcement posted on the camp's website and Facebook page. Former campers and staff members have expressed sadness about the closing. During its history, ...

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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

Here's the entire September 2017 edition of Access Press. Please note you may need to create a log in to view and/or download the pdf of the paper. Enjoy!

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Sweeping Medicaid, ACA changes are on hold – but only for now

Sweeping Medicaid, ACA changes are on hold – but only for now A repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been beaten back – for now. However, disability rights advocates continue to keep an eye on Washington, D.C. Major cuts to Medicaid and the disability services it provides are still a strong possibility under the current administration and Congressional leadership. Many Minnesotans with disabilities and their allies ...

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August 24-September 4: Accessible options offered for 2017 Minnesota State Fair

August 24-September 4: Accessible options offered for 2017 Minnesota State Fair The end of summer means the Minnesota State Fair will soon open its gates for 2017. This year’s fair is August 24 through September 4 in Falcon Heights. The fair offers an accessibility guide to help with trip planning. Go to www.mnstatefair.org, click on the general information tab and then click on accessibility. Print out the ...

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Crisis line stays open, for several weeks

A statewide mental health crisis hotline will stay open until late September, thanks to a last-minute assist from the Minnesota Department of Health. But the long-term future of the Crisis Connection remains uncertain. The line, which failed to receive support from the 2017 Minnesota Legislature, was to shut down July 11. Canvas Health of Oakdale, which ...

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Deadlines draw near for award banquet

The Access Press Charlie Smith Award Banquet is Friday, November 3 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. What can readers do to help make the banquet a success? Nominate someone for the award itself. Entries are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 15. This is a week extension of the original deadline, so there ...

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Legislator, publisher had much involvement in disability issues

At the Minnesota State Fair’s 4-H Building, a crew of volunteers publishes the Maynard News. When the newspaper in west central Minnesota closed years ago, its letterpress equipment was donated to become a museum. The newspaper museum is marking 30 years’ service in 2017. The Maynard News’ most high-profile publisher was Fay George Child, a sometimes-controversial ...

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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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