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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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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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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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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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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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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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History Note – Olin has spent decades documenting civil rights movement

The disability rights movement has had many people who have followed its story. Few have been more dedicated than Tom Olin. Olin is considered to be the social documentarian of the disability rights movement. He began taking pictures in 1985 and has since spent many years building an incredible collection of iconic photos of the historic ...

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History Note: Parallels in Time offers fascinating history of disability

In commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 2016, the council has released a revised Parallels in Time. It combines the original Parallels in Time, documenting the history of disabilities from 1500 B.C to 1950 published on the 25th anniversary of the Council, and Parallels in Time 2, ...

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History Note – Interact Center marks two decades of service to arts

Interact Center for the Arts has served artists with disabilities since 1996 and will mark 20 years of community service with a gala event in November. The nonprofit’s mission is to create art that challenges perceptions of disability has opened doors for artists with disabilities and audiences eager to experience their work, who might never have seen the arts as a ...

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Partners in Policymaking reached out during 1990s

The following is excerpted from The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities series, Forty-Five Years of History 1971-2016. Partners in Policymaking, since its inception in 1987, has been a consistently important focus for the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. During the first decade of the program, Partners demonstrated its success. Training session evaluations, six-month follow-up surveys and longitudinal studies showed that the basic ...

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History Note: For 45 years, Rise has elevated the lives of many

History Note: For 45 years, Rise has elevated the lives of many Incorporated in 1971, Rise is a private, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization which supports people who have disabilities and other barriers to finding employment, housing and personal growth. Rise unlocks potential and opens doors to success for people with disabilities or other challenges through creative solutions and customized support. Rise helps people throughout the state with its many programs. The first story was about ...

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Inventors’ group had long history of helping others

After 58 years of stimulating the economy, celebrating creativity and innovation, and helping launch multiple businesses, the Minnesota Inventors Congress has shut down. The shutdown, announced October 1, is due to reductions in state funding. It means an end to an inventors’ center started in 1985, competitions and student programs. It also means the end of an annual inventors’ expo that was ...

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Civil disobedience is part of the ADA’s history

Protests marked the beginning and the end of the two year run-up to the passage of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Two history-making protests, the Ides of March to the ADA, occurred in the month of March – the Gallaudet student protest in March 1988 and the “Crawl Up” the U.S. Capitol steps in March 1990. The Gallaudet protest marked ...

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State special education laws evolved over time

In March 1915 the Minnesota Legislature passed the state’s first special education law. William North, a young man in the brokerage business in Duluth, and Peter H. Konzen, an attorney and former superintendent of schools from Hallock, introduced a bill that allowed school districts to establish special classes for children who were deaf, blind, “mental subnormal” or had speech defects. Dr. E. A. ...

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Brush up on some disability history during the new year

With the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being celebrated in 2015, make a New Year’s resolution to learn some ADA history. Many good print and online resources are available. One new publication has been issued by the national ADA Legacy Project. It is titled Equal Access, Equal Opportunity and is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the ...

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Then as now, immigration proved to be controversial

Then as now, immigration proved to be controversial Recently, immigration and how it should be regulated has been in the headlines. Unfortunately, a look back to 1888 shows us that stereotypes are not anything new. Rodney A. Mott, the primary player in the establishment of the Minnesota School for the Deaf, stated his case for immigration reform in a speech he gave there on ...

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History Note: Stories bring the message of discrimination

History Note: Stories bring the message of discrimination The path to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was paved by storytellers, not just a few, but thousands of storytellers across the nation. More than 5,000 stories were collected by disability rights activist Justin Dart, to show the range of issues faced by people with disabilities and the barriers that limit ability to actively ...

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Exploitation was an unfortunate fair tradition

  Going to a county or state fair can be a highlight of the summer. It’s fun to see the exhibits and animals, try new foods, take a ride or play a game of skill. But one dubious part of the history of many fairs, including the Minnesota State Fair, is that of the sideshow. The Disability ...

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State ombudsman’s office rooted in court case, tragedy

State ombudsman’s office rooted in court case, tragedy Roberta Opheim was recently honored by The Arc Minnesota for her outstanding service as Minnesota’s State Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. It’s hard to image the days before Minnesota had that kind of a watchdog office in place. But it took a legal case and an unrelated tragic death for state officials to ...

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Wolfensberger’s influence cited in ADA history

American social constructs were dehumanizing for people with disabilities in the decades leading up to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When looking back at this history, Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger is one of the standouts. His eye for the details, consequences, and ramifications of the origins and evolution of history on the attitudes and perceptions ...

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History Note: Collected corn tradition reaps benefits for campers

Fall is harvest time, with farmers putting in long days to bring in their crops and prepare for spring planting. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, a harvest of a different kind has taken place for many years. Camp Courage, which is now part of the True Friends camps organization, has reaped the benefits of one post-harvest activity. Every ...

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Minnesotan was a kingpin in adaptive bowling circles

Minnesotan was a kingpin in adaptive bowling circles Adaptive sports of all types help people with disabilities get exercise and have fun. Adaptive bowling, which began in the 1940s, is one of the most popular forms of recreation thanks to various devices that make bowling enjoyable. A Minnesotan who was a national champion of adaptive bowling died recently. Garland “Gar” Giddings of Ramsey was ...

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U.S. Dept of Labor marks centennial this year

U.S. Dept of Labor marks centennial this year March 4, 1913, marked a milestone event in the history of the American workforce. On that day 100 years ago, President William Howard Taft—on his last day in office—reluctantly signed legislation creating the U.S. Department of Labor and giving workers a direct seat in the President’s Cabinet for the first time. Observance of the federal department’s ...

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