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Triathlon was St. Paul teen’s latest adventure

Triathlon was St. Paul teen’s latest adventure Before he was old enough to vote, St. Paul Highland Park neighborhood resident Louie McGee had competed in a triathlon, started a nonprofit organization, won a presidential award and appeared on the cover of a national publication. That’s just a small sample of what the Cretin-Derham Hall senior has accomplished— and he has done it all ...

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Dismay as key workforce report proposals fail to move ahead

Dismay as key workforce report proposals fail to move ahead A delay in acting on recommendations to address Minnesota’s direct care worker crisis has people with disabilities and their advocates wondering what more they can do to get action. Thousands struggle to find needed support staff. The report, Recommendations to Expand, Diversify, and Improve Minnesota’s Direct Care and Support Workforce Workplan, was reviewed by the Olmstead ...

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HISTORY NOTE: A century ago, Braille won status as the language standard

How people with blindness and other visual disabilities enjoy printed materials has changed over the years. An array of apps, text-to-speech software and assistive technology “read” content for many people. Others faithfully listen to Radio Talking Book, which marks 50 years’ service in January 2019. Prerecorded books are also popular. Many people still read using Braille. ...

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Could state be next for minimum wage?

As St. Paul city officials continue to look at a $15 per hour minimum wage, the implications for working people with disabilities and support staff and caregivers also continue to be scrutinized. The wage policy was the topic of a public hearing November 7 and could be adopted later this month, taking effect by year’s ...

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Editor’s Column – November 2018

This November is the first one in 15 years when we haven’t held the Charlie Smith Awards banquet. I missed the ceremony, and I even missed the work that it took to put it together (although the heaviest load was always carried by my coworkers, Dawn, Michelle, Jane, and Board members who started months before ...

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Winter brings safety challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities

Winter brings safety challenges for Minnesotans with disabilities Winter weather is inevitable in Minnesota. People with disabilities need to take extra steps to be prepared. Be ready and keep safe and warm when the snow flies. Follow weather forecasts and have those winter weather information resources at hand in advance. It’s easier to do than ever, with numerous apps and alerts that can be ...

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Clock is ticking on Medicare Open Enrollment, but help is available

Time is running out for Medicare Open Enrollment, but Disability Hub MN can help with the daunting task of looking at providers. Medicare Open Enrollment runs October 15th through December 7th. During this time, you can switch from one plan provider to another or enroll for the first time. Open Enrollment is often the only ...

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People and Places – November 2018

People and Places – November 2018 Treehouse Foods, DARTS honored for employment efforts in disability community ProAct has announced its awards for 2018, honoring a food supplier and a services provider. Providing excellent work opportunities for people with disabilities based at ProAct in Eagan, Treehouse Foods and DARTS received annual awards. Treehouse Foods, a large food supplier, is the 2018 Business Partner of the ...

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In Memoriam – November 2018

Kyrklund was autism educator A leader in the field of autism education has died. Sarah Jane Kyrklund was 76 and lived in Edina. She was a native of Maryland, and held degrees from American University in Washington, DC, University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas. She held a PhD. and dedicated her career to teaching students ...

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November 2018 edition

Here's the November 2018 edition in its entirety, in pdf form.  Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download the file. Enjoy!    

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Regional News in Review – November 2018

Regional News in Review – November 2018 Websites become access target Parking lots and building need to be accessible, so websites should be, too. Minnesota has its first lawsuit centered on inaccessible government websites. This fall Noah J. McCourt, a disability advocate with autism from Waconia, sued Carver County and the cities of Norwood Young America and Chanhassen in U.S. District Court. McCourt contends ...

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LETTERS: Self-advocacy group needs help with bills

To the editor: Self Advocates Leading Together (SALT) is about people with disabilities learning about their rights, how to ask for them in an assertive way, and making sure our voices get heard, as well as getting together and having a great time. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month, at locations in ...

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First of many deadlines approaches for Medicare programs

With the start of Medicare open enrollment on October 15, the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line is prepared to help Minnesotans navigate significant changes to Medicare plans. But act soon as the first deadline is December 7. Due to a change in federal law, Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan popular in Minnesota, ...

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Accessible Events and Happenings

Accessible Events and Happenings 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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House of Memories’ app, program provide valued help

House of Memories’ app, program provide valued help Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. As the U.S. population ages, the rate of diagnosis will grow. African-Americans are two times more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia than non-Hispanic whites. Anyone wishing to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia should check out a new program ...

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Disability impacts are eyed in miniumum wage debate

Disability impacts are eyed in miniumum wage debate Workers with disabilities and the people who provide direct support for people with disabilities are two different sides of the coin in St. Paul’s minimum wage debate. As St. Paul City Council members and Mayor Melvin Carter III push for a $15 minimum wage, the voices of the city’s disability community are being heard. Larger public ...

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In Memoriam – October 2018

St. Marie’s accomplishments recalled A longtime disability rights activist whose lifetime accomplishments were tainted by scandal has died. John Paul St. Marie St. Marie was an effective advocate for Minnesota’s disability community for most of his adult life. The Minneapolis resident died at age 74 in August and is survived by his wife, son and ...

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VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 6: Take advantage of accommodations to cast election ballots

VOTE ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 6: Take advantage of accommodations to cast election ballots Minnesotans will be voting for U.S. House and Senate, governor, Minnesota House members and state office holders on Tuesday, November 6. In some communities, voters will be choosing local elected officials and weighing in on ballot questions or referendums. Many disability advocacy groups have or will host election events this fall. Newspapers and online news sources ...

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Accessible Happenings and Events

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 and Places – October 2018

People and Places – October 2018 The Arc Minnesota seeks new leader The Arc Minnesota in September launched its search for a new chief executive officer. The new leader will replace Kim Keprios, who stepped down in June. The firm of Ballinger Leafblad is helping the agency’s board of directors with the search. The Arc has been through many changes in recent months, ...

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Regional News in Review – October 2018

Regional News in Review – October 2018 Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Thompson Hall is fundraising focus Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Minnesotans are rallying to raise funds for the Charles Thompson Memorial Hall in St Paul. The social hall, which is more than a century old, is the focus of a campaign to make the building handicapped-accessible. The hall is more than ...

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October 2018 edition

Here's the October 2018 edition in .pdf format.  Please note you may need to create a log-in to download and/or read the document. Enjoy!        

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Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort

Stipend, training incentives part of enhanced rate effort As Minnesota continues to struggle with its care crisis, measures are being taken to address the critical need for direct care workers. Efforts are stepping up to implement the enhanced rates for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) programs. The programs involved are Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Traditional and PCA Choice, along with Consumer-Directed ...

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Handi Medical is going strong

Handi Medical is going strong Thirty years ago Mary Miller was studying nursing and working as a personal care assistant to Darcy Pohland, a Twin Cities reporter who had broken her neck in a diving accident. When Miller called for medical supplies, she would often have to wait two weeks for delivery. When a wheelchair needed repair, she was told ...

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September Issue Sponsor – MRCI

September Issue Sponsor – MRCI Direct support professionals can change lives By Lisa Cownie, MRCI Strategic Writer As Laura Elkins watches her two daughters, ages 9 and 7, play in her backyard she doesn’t take it for granted. A few years ago, just letting them outside to play wasn’t really an option. Her oldest daughter, Brynn, is what Laura describes as ...

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