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Bonding needs for state parks, DHS facilities are still in play

Bonding needs for state parks, DHS facilities are still in play [caption id="attachment_22708" align="aligncenter" width="575"] A family enjoyed a vacation at Jay Cooke State Park. Improvements to four other state parks are in play in the 2018 bonding bill.[/caption]   Accessibility improvements to four Minnesota state parks, as well as improvements to state academies and Department of Human Services (DHS) treatment facilities remain on the table as the ...

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Health care survey reveals cost increase worries

Health care survey reveals cost increase worries How do Minnesotans feel about health care costs, especially against the backdrop of possible changes to Medicare and Medicaid? A survey of more than 1,000 state residents shows that while the vast majority have health insurance, respondents are worried about the rising costs of health care. Drug prices are a concern, as are looming changes ...

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Service cut, work rules in limbo as session end nears

The clock is ticking as the 2018 Minnesota Legislature nears its May 21 adjournment date. Many disability-related issues hung in the balance as Access Press went to press. People with disabilities and their advocacy groups are tracking a wide array of bills as the session draws to a close. Omnibus bills, including finance bills, were making ...

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HISTORY NOTE: Documentary influenced work on behavior modification

The documentary CHANGES, which marks its 50-year anniversary in 2018, not only gave a view on the little-seen institutional life, it showed how behavior modification made a positive difference for residents at Faribault State Hospital. Those who championed behavior modification also inspired others who saw such techniques as helping people with developmental disabilities. The Minnesota Governor’s Council ...

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People and Places – May 2018

People and Places – May 2018 Worcester honored for her work UCare Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer Ghita Worcester was selected by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST as a 2018 Courage Award winner. She was saluted for a career dedicated to opening doors to care for those who need it most. The 2018 Courage Awards celebrate Minnesota women ...

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May 2018 edition

Here's the entire May 2018 edition of Access Press. Please note you may need to create a log in to read and/or download the file. Enjoy!    

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Live Well grants help Minnesotans stay in communities

Live Well grants help Minnesotans stay in communities The Minnesota Department of Human Services is awarding more than $7.5 million in grants to programs throughout Minnesota to help elders with a wide range of needs. Since 2001, Live Well at Home grants have helped older Minnesotans remain in their homes rather than move to nursing homes or other more expensive settings. The latest grants go ...

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Accessible Events – May 2018

Accessible Events – May 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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Radio Talking Book – May 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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People of color with disabilities meet to address issues; join them

We are people working to increase the awareness of civil rights to persons of color with disabilities and the general public. We have convened a group for people of color with disabilities to address the many complicated issues our culture faces as a marginalized community. Our purpose is to bridge communication and build power among ...

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Schools Reach Agreements: Settlements reached on school suspensions tied to race, disability

Schools Reach Agreements: Settlements reached on school suspensions tied to race, disability [caption id="attachment_22722" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Students with disabilities will benefit under the settlement.[/caption]   The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced April 26 that it has reached collaborative agreements with 10 Minnesota public school districts and charter schools to reduce disparities in suspension and expulsion rates for students with disabilities and students of color. The state’s analysis showed ...

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Seven percent formula cut has potential to greatly disrupt lives

Seven percent formula cut has potential to greatly disrupt lives [caption id="attachment_22716" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Lisa and Chris Poppe could lose needed supports if a threatened cut becomes reality.[/caption]   This legislative session has become unexpectedly crucial in determining the future of disability services. Currently, Minnesota uses a formula called the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) to calculate the financial support that individuals receive for home and community-based ...

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Regional News in Review – May 2018

Forest Lake leaders reject residential treatment facility A proposed $18 million psychiatric residential treatment facility won’t be able to locate in Forest Lake. The Forest Lake City Council rejected Cambia Hill’s proposal to purchase Shadow Creek Stables and transform the property into a residential treatment facility. Cambia Hills is part of the Hills Youth and Family Services ...

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Community groups rally to halt devastating cuts

Community groups rally to halt devastating cuts Self-advocates and disability-related organizations are rallying to fight a pending seven percent cut to disability services in Minnesota. The cut will start taking effect July 1, unless the Minnesota Legislature takes action. What worries many service providers is that the funds for some services have already been spent. The July 1 cut is expected to affect ...

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Josiah’s Fire shares family’s autism journey

Josiah’s Fire shares family’s autism journey By Jan Willms A diagnosis of severe autism disorder for son Josiah rocked the lives of parents Tahni and Joe Cullen. At 22 months Josiah became nonverbal. Family life became an emotional, financial and spiritual roller-coaster ride. Life changed abruptly when Josiah began writing on his iPad. Words of great wisdom, spirituality and understanding were written daily ...

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Donors vital to our success

Donors vital to our success Donors play an important role in helping bring Access Press to readers every month. As the newspaper staff and board cope with a fiscal crisis, some of our longtime readers and contributors are weighing in.Go here find donation information. Won’t you join our supporters? Here are a few of their stories: A lasting effect Charlie Smith was right ...

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HISTORY NOTE: ‘Changes’ gives a look back at long-ago behavior modification

Fifty years ago Travis Thompson’s documentary CHANGES focused on behavior modification at Faribault State School and Hospital. Food, possibly M & M candies, was used in teaching. Thompson is a licensed psychologist and professor in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota. The black and white 1968 film opens with organ music, played by one of ...

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In Memoriam – April 2018

‘Doctor Tell Me’ was Woyke’s career highlight Carl H. Woyke is remembered as a voice for medical care in Minnesota. Woyke died in February at the age of 95.5 years. Woyke was born in 1922 in Waseca and grew up there. Born with cerebral palsy, he developed a strong sense of humor to cope with his ...

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Accessible Events – April 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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Disability issues still in play as session finish is eyed

As the 2018 Minnesota Legislature enters its final weeks, many disability advocates are increasingly frustrated. A lack of action on several fronts, especially where critical services hang in the balance, adds to urgency and uncertainty. More than 4,000 bills were introduced this session, and many are still up in the air. The second bill deadline was ...

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Work requirements proposal sparks widespread concerns

Work requirements proposal sparks widespread concerns A proposal to force people on Medicaid to verify that they work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week could cost Minnesota counties and the state tens of millions of dollars in extra staff time and systems to track compliance, creating a costly and complex bureaucratic nightmare. It would create significant barriers for Minnesotans ...

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Scott Adams Cartoon

Scott Adams Cartoon

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Regional News in Review – April 2018

Greater Minnesota needs transit help Funding for the public transportation system in Greater Minnesota is falling off pace for what it would cost to pay for growing ridership estimates, according to a state report. By 2025, the tax-supported transit system that serves Minnesotans outside the Twin Cities metro area is scheduled to accommodate 17 million outstate ...

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Legislators wish to collar handlers of fake service animals

Falsely claiming that a pet is a service animal could become a crime in Minnesota. The House March 26 unanimously passed a bill that makes such false claims a misdemeanor. Senate action must wait until after April 9, when state lawmakers return from break. The legislation was brought forward by Rep. Steve Green (R-Fosston). He has ...

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Choice of incontinence products still faces uncertainty

It’s the problem no one talks about. It involves a product many people with disabilities cannot live without. The incontinence supplies available to Minnesotans with disabilities could dramatically change, unless state lawmakers take action before the 2018 legislative session ends May 21. The fight to repeal a 2017 law requiring Minnesota to bid out incontinence products ...

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