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January 2012 – Regional News in Review

Deaf activist wins settlement Five years after he was jailed in Ramsey County, deaf community activist Douglas Bahl believes he can have a normal life again. The St. Paul man, who sued Ramsey County after a 2006 traffic stop, had his settlement approved by the Ramsey County Board Dec. 20.  Bahl, of St. Paul, will receive $57,500 ...

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Access for Service Animals

“We are diverse in so many ways. We’ve become so accepting,” said Jane Larson of MCTC. Yet despite progress, difficulties remain for some Minnesota college and university students who use service animals. Office of Students with Disabilities staff from Metropolitan State University and Disability Resource Center at Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC) outlined the challenges. Eve Nichols ...

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Disability is missing from the debate

It has been more than 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, but while the law has changed some things in higher education, it hasn’t changed the way academic culture regards people with disabilities. While our current interest in diversity is laudable, colleges rarely think of disability when they tout diversity. College ...

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Skyway linkage issues continue to affect downtown St. Paul

Ongoing Central Corridor light rail construction in downtown St. Paul continues to create problems in terms of skyway access. The project is also raising questions about the need for an elevator connection near the planned Fourth and Cedar station is being debated. While many skyway users see an elevator as a basic need for skyway ...

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Regional News in Review – September 2011

Obama wants to help veterans During a speech at the national American Legion convention in Minneapolis Aug. 30, President Barak Obama vowed to ensure that returning soldiers have the job skills they need to succeed. He pledged to create a job training “boot camp” for veterans who are struggling to find employment in the private sector, a ...

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ADA regulations explained at conference

New Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations will impact countless lives throughout the country. Peter Berg, technical assistance coordinator with the Great Lakes ADA Center in Chicago, reviewed the changes last month at a conference at Goodwill/Easter Seals in St. Paul. More than 80 people from different agencies learned about new rules, including rules related to service ...

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St. Paul passes new sidewalk café ordinance

Months of work ended as St. Paul’s much-debated new regulations on sidewalk cafes and other retail uses of sidewalks were unanimously adopted by the City Council Janury19. The council adopted the regulations after three public hearings.     Ward Two Council Member Dave Thune, who authored the ordinance, said although the process was difficult, the city is now ...

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Employment, access eyed

Employment, access eyed Minnesota gets a C+ on ADA Report Card; is top grade Minnesota earned a C + on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Report Card issued this summer by the Center for Planning and Policy Studies at Indiana University’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. On a 4.0 scale, that’s a 2.30 average. When asked about ...

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Editor’s Column – July 2009

Editor’s Column – July 2009 The Americans with Disabilities Act has its 19th anniversary this July 24th, and guess what? Access Press is 19 years old now, too. It’s always good to have this annual reminder of how the Minnesota disability movement resulted in this paper at the very same time that the ADA was born on the national front. ...

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Supreme Court Decision

One Step Toward Equality in Access to Public Services Under Title II of the ADA In February 2004, when we discussed the oral argument of Tennessee vs. Lane, I asked the question: Will the Supreme Court limit jurisdiction under Title II of the ADA? The answer is no, at least not for now. The court found ...

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Correction – August 2002

CORRECTION:  In the July issue of Access Press, "Recollections of Justin Dart" on page 10 stated:  "He [Dart] took a personal risk as a lifelong Republican, possibly alienating himself from some disability rights advocates, in becoming involved in the Clinton campaign.  Bill Clinton made the commitment to Justin Dart that, as president, he would further ...

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ADA Rights & Responsibilities Conference

Disability advocates Judy Heumann and John Wodatch will be the featured speakers at the upcoming "Rights & Responsibilities Under the ADA and More" conference.  This free, one-day seminar is being sponsored by a coalition of Minnesota disability organizations to provide education on the rights guaranteed by disability-specific laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act ...

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October 1998 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Governor's Race: Gubernatorial Hopefuls Address Metro Mobility and PCA Wage Question, by Access Press Staff Local Company Features Adaptive Computer Technology, by Kaye Henry Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Maps for the Labyrinth, by Pete Feigal Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL), by Steve Thorson Hello Nicole, by Nicole Getting into Shape, by Rosalind K. Sampson Good Religion - Bad Religion by ...

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August 1998 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Candidates Speak: Gubernatorial Hopefuls Answer Questions, by Access Press Staff Jeff Bangsberg Goes to Washington by Anita Boucher Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Madness of the Muses, by Pete Feigal Late Summer Potpourri, by S. Mary Kraemer DRAGnet to Suspend Operations - Reorganization Planned, by Jeff Nygaard Hello Nicole, by Nicole Patients Bill of Rights: It's Not a Right to Health Care, ...

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August 1997 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Happy 7th Birthday: Americans with Disabilities Act, by Doug Anderson Courage Center: Problems at the Resident, Residents Voice Concerns, by Jane Wheeler Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith President Reauthorizes IDEA, by Access Press Staff Hello Nicole, by Nicole From Sainthood to Inclusion, by Barbara Gill Social Security and Disability: What Privatization Means, by Jeff Nygaard Direct Care Crisis: Study Shows Staff Shortages will Continue without Industry-wide Effort, ...

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June 1995 Issue

Articles/Contributors: Are We Winning or Losing? Moving Forward on the Slippery Slope, A Challenge, by Charlie Smith Attacks on ADA Escalate, by Justin Dart Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Hennepin County Embraces ADA, by Peter McLaughlin Summer Reading Ideas, by Mary Jane Steinhagen Hello Nicole, by Nicole Sine Qua Non, by Bill Smith Deaf, Funny, and Controversial: Lew Golan Speaks at U of M, by Adam Quinn The 1995 ...

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October 1994 Issue

Contributors: Department of Human Services-Proposes Major Changes in Medical Assistance Rules, by Luther Granquist Metro Mobility Service: Quality Needs to Remain a Priority, by Charlie Smith Editor’s Column, Charlie Smith Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome: Beyond CFIDS, by Marjory Aldrich MOVIE REVIEW: "When Billy Broke His Head. . ." is a Winner, by Jeff Nygaard Hello Nicole, by Nicole Parenting God's Angels, ...

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September 1994 Issue

Contributors: Labor Day and Disability Pride: Local Celebration Refutes the Lewis Attitude, by Adam Quinn Speaking Out in D.C. by Richard Mathison Employment Center for Visually Impaired Opens, by Deborah Peterson Editor’s Column, Charlie Smith Health Benefit Plans and the ADA, by Carolyn Emerson MN Athlete Brings Home Medals, by Access Press Staff Hallonbeck, Driscoll Set Records in 1994 Kaiser Roll, by Access ...

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January 1994 Issue

Contributors: "The Case" - Lawyers and Principals Meet on Pending Class Action, by Charlie Smith James Brady Brings Prizes and Encouragement on ADA, by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, Charlie Smith Community Involvement Programs Awarded $3.2 Million Grant, by Melissa Shelton-Davies Biofeedback, by Sister Kenny Institute Hello Nicole, by Nicole New in Ramsey County -"New Referral Service for Uninsured/Underinsured," by Access Press ...

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May 1993 Issue

Contributors: All About Shriners Hospital, by Beth Webber Sensitivity to Chemicals is not a Neurosis, by Marybeth Bachele Editor's Column, by Charlie Smith Sister Kenny Institute Honor Patient of the Year, by Sister Kenny Institute Town Meetings Invite Public Comment on County Budget, by Peter McLaughlin Very Special Arts Could Use Your Help, by Craig Dunn Hello Nicole, by Nicole What Visually Impaired People Should Know About Social Security, by Access Press Staff Review: Family Guide to Medication ...

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March 1993 Issue

Contributors: Smug Non-Compliance is the Norm - Our Favorite Advocate Surveys a Community Under ADA, by Mindy Desens Wellstone Bill Provides "A Yardstick for Health-Care Reform," by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith RTB Working to Find Additional Metro Mobility Rides, by The Staff of the Regional Transit Board What Has Happened to Metro Mobility, by Charlie Smith Center for Assistive Rehabilitation - ...

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August 1992 Issue

Contributors: New Employment Rules Take Effect: Disabilties Act Celebrated at Lake Phalen Picnic, by Adam Quinn Wellstone Introduces Universal Health Care Act, by Access Press Staff Straight Talk on Metro Mobility (No Misinformation This Time), by Charlie Smith Editor's Column, by Charlie Smith Newly Organized Political Action Group Growing Rapidly, by Sandy Morgan Chemical Dependency is a Health Care Issue, by Sister ...

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July 1992 Issue

Contributors: "The Society" Growing in Importance: Minnesota Society for the Prevention of Blindness and Preservation of Hearing by Audrey Kintzi ADA Creates Questions, by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Aging and Fertility in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries, by Sister Kenny Institute Summer Job Program Funded, by Peter McLaughlin Hello Nicole, by Nicole "Breaking the Silence"  by Access Press Staff PDF copy ...

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February 1992 Issue

Contributors: Minnesota Rehab Counselors Report on Innovation & Progress South of the Border, by Juulie Redenbaugh & Linda Sourbis Metro Mobility Saga Continues - More on RTB, by Access Press Staff Editor’s Column, by Charlie Smith Life Stories of Polio Survivors Sought, by Sister Kenny Institute United Handicapped Federation Issues Transportation Alert, by Access Press Staff Get Involved!  Precinct Caucuses Are Coming March 3rd, ...

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Council’s Corner – September 1991

The Minnesota State Council on Disability cosponsored several Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) activities recently, which included the participation of Mr. Justin Dart, the current Chairperson of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Chairperson of the Congressional Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities.  Mr. Dart led ...

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