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Emergency bid fails; cuts take effect July 1 to waiver services

Emergency bid fails; cuts take effect July 1 to waiver services   Tough times are ahead for many Minnesotans with disabilities and their service providers. Efforts to stop a seven percent cut to waiver services fell short June 28. U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a 13-page ruling that allows the cuts to go forward, starting July 1 and continuing to December 31, 2019. Wright ruled against ...

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Getting children safely to school is training goal

Getting children safely to school is training goal [caption id="attachment_22895" align="aligncenter" width="408"] Educators from southern Minnesota are developing a biking and walking to school program for students with disabilities[/caption]   Students with disabilities in the Mankato area will be able to join their schoolmates when walking or biking to classes in the future. Educators in that part of the state enjoyed a June 28 training ...

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Crisis line is closed, but help is available

One more resource for Minnesotans in mental health crisis is gone. As June ended, Canvas Health shut down its crisis hotline, Crisis Connection. Like many other health needs statewide, funding for Crisis Connection was involved in the ongoing dispute between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. Canvas Health had sought $1 million to support the crisis ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2018

I’m writing this on a perfect summer morning, but there haven’t been too many of them so far this year. It’s been a long, hot summer and it’s only July. Maybe the weather seems worse because the news in healthcare legislation has also been so rough this summer. We’ve had some difficult cuts in services and ...

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JULY SPONSOR: 65 Year Anniversary for MRCI

JULY SPONSOR: 65 Year Anniversary for MRCI A families' response to the workforce shortage in finding care for their loved one It’s a big number that signifies the big impact MRCI has on its clients. That number is 65. That is the number of years the nonprofit has been serving individuals with disabilities through innovative programs that help individuals achieve their personal goals. “This ...

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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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Regional News in Review – July 2018

Regional News in Review – July 2018 Agreements reached with schools The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has reached agreements with nine more school districts and charter schools to reduce disparities in suspensions for students with disabilities, American Indian students and students of color. This brings the total to 20 districts and charter schools. The latest agreements were reached with Bemidji Public Schools, Columbia ...

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Scott Adams cartoon – July 2018

Scott Adams cartoon – July 2018

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Radio Talking Book – July 2018

  Volunteer Readers Sought Radio Talking Book seeks volunteers to broadcast from our sites in Rochester and St. Paul. 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. The SERO app is available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms. On iOS: go to the ...

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People and Places – July 2018

People and Places – July 2018 Bottinger honored with award The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has awarded Kate Bottiger its 2018 Transformational Leader Award. Bottiger has been the executive director at Reach for Resources since August 2014 and was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff and board members. The council oversees a membership of more than 2,100 nonprofits and 230 businesses. ...

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Accessible Events & Activities – July 2018

Accessible Events & Activities – July 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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In Memoriam – July 2018

Ohlsson was care provider, artist Elin Ohlsson is remembered as a disability rights advocate and the founder of the Care Planners and Care Planners Medical Supply. Friends recall her sense of fun and fashion, her love of the arts, her concern for animals and most importantly, her willingness to help other people. Ohlsson died in June ...

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July 2018 edition

Here's the entire July 2018 edition, in .pdf format.  Please note you may need to create a login to download and/or read this file. Enjoy!      

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From Our Community: Take the number of lives lost seriously, fund suicide prevention

It’s been a little over two weeks since the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and the Centers for Disease Control report on the dramatic increase in suicides in our country. Calls to suicide helplines went up, some people made calls to loved ones and friends to check up on them, a few people ...

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Your Letters are Welcome

Your Letters are Welcome Access Press welcomes letters to the editor and commentary pieces from readers, on topics of interest to Minnesota’s disability community. Letters should be no more than 500 words, with 750 words per commentary. Ask the editors if more space is needed. Letters and guest commentaries must be signed by the authors. With letters, a writer’s hometown ...

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Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen

Supports, special education funds fall to governor’s veto pen Months of work disappeared with a few pen strokes as Gov. Mark Dayton May 23 vetoed the 2018 Minnesota Legislature’s major bills. Dayton nixed the tax and supplemental budget bills, sparking a war of words with the Republican-led House and Senate. The vetoes include money to rectify a looming seven percent cut in waiver services and ...

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Services face uncertainties after veto

Services face uncertainties after veto One of the biggest disappointments of the 2018 legislative session is the failure to address a seven percent cut to the funding many Minnesotans with disabilities rely on to live, work and participate in their communities. The first round of the cut takes effect July 1. With no special legislative session to address the cut ...

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Editor’s Column – June 2018

Editor’s Column – June 2018 Over the past couple months, I’ve  written to you here and we’ve contacted you online to ask for your help and support as Access Press faced some real financial challenges. Many of you in turn reached out to others in the community to make Access Press’s needs known. For instance, the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation ...

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Too much important work left undone on mental health issues

Too much important work left undone on mental health issues After months of work, the House, Senate and the governor seem unable to reconcile their differences on the omnibus financial bill. That bill contained funding that would have addressed key issues facing Minnesota’s mental health system. While it was a positive step to pass a bonding bill in the final hour of the session, too ...

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Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters

Access Press’s future looks brighter thanks to generous supporters Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to Access Press in recent weeks and months. Donations large and small have come in after the newspaper board, and staff outlined the financial pressures we were facing. We are thankful for all of you and have enjoyed the notes from people who rely on Minnesota’s disability news resource. ...

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Your Letters are Welcome

Your Letters are Welcome Access Press welcomes letters to the editor and commentary pieces from readers, on topics of interest to Minnesota’s disability community. Letters should be no more than 500 words, with 750 words per commentary. Ask the editors if more space is needed. Letters and guest commentaries must be signed by the authors or authors. With letters, a ...

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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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Children’s mental health programs in peril, no fix in sight

One difficult issue the Minnesota Legislature didn’t resolve centers on children’s mental health. State lawmakers didn’t fix a looming problem that affects children’s mental health. Almost a dozen residential treatment centers for children with serious mental illness could lose $4.5 million annually in federal funding. Hundreds of Minnesota young people could be affected, starting next ...

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People Incorporated founder devoted life to others

People Incorporated founder devoted life to others Rev. Harry Maghakian is remembered as someone who helped transform the care of Minnesotans with mental illness. What began as a program for homeless veterans needing a place to go evolved into the nonprofit People Incorporated, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest community mental health services providers. Maghakian died May 15 at age 94, with family ...

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In Memoriam – June 2018

He wanted all to play ball Former Minnesota Twins player Frank John Quilici is remembered not just for his professional sports career, but also for his commitment to sports for all children. Quilici died in May after a long illness. He was 80 and lived in Burnsville. Quilici played second base for the Twins in the 1960s. ...

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