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HISTORY NOTE: Universal Declaration of Human Rights anniversary is celebrated

December 10 marked an important day around the world, as the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was celebrated. The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (MNCDD) joined the international celebration with a series of website features released on a monthly basis beginning in September as a countdown to the December 2018 ...

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December 2018 edition

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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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November 2018 edition

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HISTORY NOTE: Smith-Sears Act helped open the door to work for disabled veterans

National Disability Employment Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for October to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. The theme for this year’s observance is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Various ways are used to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and ...

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October 2018 edition

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HISTORY NOTE: ‘The Last Deaf Club’ provides valuable historical perspective

HISTORY NOTE: ‘The Last Deaf Club’ provides valuable historical perspective Deaf clubs for decades provided crucial points of contact for an otherwise isolated sector of the disability community. People would gather to enjoy social events, meet new friends, learn skills and seek resources and support. But changes over time have forced many of the clubs to close their doors. Additional access to assistive technology, more ...

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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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August 2018 edition

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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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July 2018 edition

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HISTORY NOTE: Souls were not ‘forgotten’ due to the work of many people

HISTORY NOTE: Souls were not ‘forgotten’ due to the work of many people A new book details the story of the reform movement that laid the groundwork for a modern mental health system in Minnesota. The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a ...

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June 2018 issue

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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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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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April 2018 Edition

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HISTORY NOTE: MinnesotaCare resulted from work by capitol’s ‘Gang of Seven’

China had its “Gang of Four.” Members who were Communist Party leaders rose to prominence in that country’s Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, but were later charged with treasonous crimes. Minnesota had its “Gang of Seven.” Members who were Independent Republicans (IR) and Democrat-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party members in the Minnesota Legislature rose to prominence for their work ...

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March 2018 Edition (in pdf format)

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HISTORY NOTE: Fergus Falls buildings’ demolition could mark end of an era

A decision to tear down most of the buildings at the old Fergus Falls State Hospital/Regional Treatment Center marks the end of many years’ efforts to preserve the campus. If City of Fergus Falls officials are successful in seeking $8.9 million in state bonding to demolish the buildings, only one iconic, vacant tower building would ...

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February 2018 edition (in pdf format)

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HISTORY NOTE: Resolve to learn more about the history of disability

Looking for a new year’s resolution for 2018? Why not resolve to learn more about the history of disability around the world? Many excellent resources are online. Here are a few: One treasure trove is the Disability History Association (DHA). From the stories of post-World War I accommodations for workers in Europe to the complicated history ...

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History Note: New book details anniversary of special education’s start

History Note: New book details anniversary of special education’s start For many years children with disabilities were all too often denied an education in public schools. Children who weren’t institutionalized had few options. Programs in larger cities were often in the oldest buildings, with few resources. For children in rural areas special education was typically just a wish, unless a persistent parent or persevering teacher ...

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JFK’s other civil rights work: for people with disabilities

President John F. Kennedy’s centennial is being celebrated in 2017. Born in Brookline, Mass. on May 29, 1917, he was the youngest president ever elected to office. Kennedy is recalled for many contributions he made in just over 1,000 days in office: the space program, the resolution of the Cuban Missile crisis and his efforts to ...

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Opportunities lacking for people with disabilities

Opportunities lacking for people with disabilities In the seven-county Twin Cities region, people with disabilities have fewer opportunities for employment, housing, and economic well-being. Because the prevalence of disabilities increases as people age, the region’s population of people with disabilities is likely to risk as demographics change. A new Council MetroStats research report, Understanding Disparities by Ability Status in the Twin ...

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November 2017 Edition

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