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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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Incontinence needs no longer at risk; state drops program

Minnesotans with disabilities who rely on incontinence products can continue to choose items that best meet their needs. A controversial medical supply program that was to start September 1 was dropped by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). The decision to drop the Medicaid PreferredIncontinence Products Program was made just before a temporary restraining ...

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Charlie Smith Award presentation, event on hold until 2019

Charlie Smith Award presentation, event on hold until 2019 A familiar story is missing from this month’s issue of Access Press. September is when the Access Press Board typically announces the winner of the Charlie Smith Award, given annually to Minnesota individual or group in recognition of outstanding service to the state’s disability community. The winner is honored at a banquet and award presentation. The ...

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Editor’s Column – September 2018

Summer is moving out fast. Hope you’re enjoying the last few days of warm, sunny weather. They all seem more treasured in September than they did in July. I guess that’s like so many things in life: when they become rare, and we can see their end coming, we treasure them all the more. Good news ...

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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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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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Radio Talking Book – September 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 handheld mobile devices. ...

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People and Places – September 2018

People and Places – September 2018 Grants fund new efforts to support people with disabilities The Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded $2.6 million to community organizations for efforts supporting the goals of competitive jobs, stable housing and community involvement for people with disabilities. The grants will help lead to better choices and outcomes for people with disabilities. Over the next two ...

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In Memoriam – September 2018

He founded hockey group Luke F. Pederson’s lifelong love of sports led to his co-founding of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. The 45-year-old Minneapolis resident died in August. Pederson was born in North Dakota, part of a large family. At age five he was diagnosed with facial scapula humeral muscular dystrophy. He played piano ...

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Regional New in Review – September 2018

Massive complaint backlog resolved State health regulators have eliminated a massive backlog of unresolved complaints alleging abuse and neglect at Minnesota senior care facilities. They are also committing to speed up investigations into new complaints. That’s a huge turnaround from taking months if not years to get complaints handled. Those delays infuriated family members of abuse ...

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Minneapolis bike paths’ barriers limit access, generate frustration

Minneapolis bike paths’ barriers limit access, generate frustration By the Minnesota Council on Disability The City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department recently started installing concrete bike lane barriers that limit access for many residents and visitors with disabilities. The concrete barriers measure about six inches high and are between 18 and 24 inches wide. The concrete barrier separate the bike lane, which is next ...

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September 2018 edition

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

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Mental health awareness day is a new feature of 2018 state fair

Mental health awareness day is a new feature of 2018 state fair A special day to spotlight mental health awareness and new, accessible buildings are among the many highlights at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. The fair is August 23 through Labor Day September 3 in Falcon Heights. This edition of Access Press includes information on general fair accessibility, accessible dining venues, Mental Health Awareness Day on Monday, ...

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Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies

Addressing worker shortage will require many strategies Ways to address Minnesota’s growing direct care worker shortage continue to be scrutinized. Seven main priorities, along with several related recommendations, are under study by Minnesota’s Olmstead Sub-cabinet and a working group. The report, Recommendations to Expand, Diversify, and Improve Minnesota’s Direct Care and Support Workforce Workplan, was reviewed by the Olmstead Sub-cabinet July 23. A ...

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August 2018 Issue Sponsor: UCare

August 2018 Issue Sponsor: UCare   UCare – People powered plans for everyone High-quality health coverage for every age and stage of life. Powered by some of the hardest working people in health care. That’s UCare! We’re different. That’s a good thing. UCare is an independent and inclusive not-for-profit health plan serving Minnesotans since 1984. We’re committed to improving the health of our members and our communities. UCare ...

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Appeal is denied: oversight to continue

Court oversight of work on Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan will continue, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 26. A three-judge panel rejected an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), which sought to have the oversight by federal court officials ended. DHS had the option to appeal the decision but chose not to ...

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Editor’s Column – August 2018

July 26 was a big day in the disability community. We had the 28th ADA celebration at the Science Museum of Minnesota, with a theme focused on mental health. Once again the celebration was well attended and there was a plethora of entertainment. The Sam Miltich and Friends band played amazing jazz music, and Sam ...

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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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Many resources to get out the disability community vote

Many resources to get out the disability community vote Ready to vote in Minnesota’s primary election Tuesday, August 14 and in the general election Tuesday, November 6? Voters with disabilities have a wide range of resources available. Who can vote in Minnesota? A voter must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day and a resident of Minnesota for 20 days. ...

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Radio Talking Book – August 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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Vendors offer many accessible dining options for fairgoers

Whether it’s fried or on a stick, in a cup or a cone, a big part of the Minnesota State Fair experience is the food. Many food vendors offer places where people with disabilities can eat in comfort. It’s often challenging for fairgoers to find a place with a table to eat at or be ...

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People and Places- August 2018

People and Places- August 2018   Direct support providers honored for service Five Minnesota direct support professionals (DSP) were honored with awards at the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and MOHR Summer Conference in St. Cloud. MOHR includes more than 100 adult day, day training and habilitation, extended employment, and supported employment service providers across the state. Its members serve more than 26,000 ...

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