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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: An open letter to Gov. Tim Walz and his new administration

Dear Governor-Elect Walz, Congratulations on your election. With a new governor we also welcome new leadership at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). For many of us providing services to people with intellectual and  developmental disabilities we welcome the opportunity to have a more positive and productive relationship with the Disability Services Division arm of ...

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Accessible Events & Happenings – December 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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FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Disability Waiver Rate System eyed for reform at capitol in 2019

The new year is almost upon us, and with it, a new state legislature and governor. New legislative landscapes always offer both opportunities and challenges, we will have much work to do to grow alliances, continue to educate lawmakers on the great progress that has been made and also the needs that still exist within ...

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Grinch-like holiday lights, cords and more can be recycled

Grinch-like holiday lights, cords and more can be recycled Have the holiday lights lost their twinkle? Is there a drawer full of stray cords gathering dust? Don’t put them in the trash. ProAct, a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, offers 32 seasonal drop-off spots for those unwanted light strings, electrical, appliance and phone cords. Help the environment while providing work for people with ...

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In Memoriam – December 2018

Parkhurst found a new life Gordy C. Parkhurst was institutionalized for years but found a new life in a Minneapolis group home after advocates worked to get him back into the community. Parkhurst, 73, died of pneumonia in November. Born in Minneapolis, Parkhurst spent about 40 years in state institutions after commitment at age 2 ½ in ...

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People and Places – December 2018

People and Places – December 2018 Champions for the mentally ill are honored with NAMI awards A student leader, police department, therapist/author and dedicated volunteer are among those honored in November by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Minnesota. Eleven individuals and organizations were honored at NAMI’s state convention, which was held in St. Paul. Awards were presented to those ...

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December 2018 edition

Here's the full edition of Access Press for December 2018 in .pdf format. Please note that you may need to create a log-in to download and/or read this copy. Enjoy!    

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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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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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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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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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Incontinence products issue back to court

Debate over a proposed state medical supply program continues in Ramsey County District Court. Opponents of the Preferred Incontinence Products Program (PIPP) are fighting a motion to dismiss their legal challenge to the program. The motion was to be heard October 11, just after Access Press went to press. The legal move dismays the members of ...

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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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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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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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Loans can make life at home, working easier

Loans can make life at home, working easier By Equipalife Would assistive technology or specialized equipment help you enter or remain in the workplace? Would it help you live more comfortably in your home? Or do you need help going to school? Thanks to a state program, EquipALife is offering loans to help Minnesotans with disabilities meet such needs. But the clock is ticking ...

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Accessible Events – September 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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