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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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History Note: Inclusive employment is celebrated every October

Inclusion Drives Innovation is the message in October, as the United States marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Around the nation, Americans celebrate the need for inclusion in employment and the contribution of workers with disabilities. The event has been marked for more than 70 years. It has undergone many changes during that time. In 1945, ...

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Legislator, publisher had much involvement in disability issues

At the Minnesota State Fair’s 4-H Building, a crew of volunteers publishes the Maynard News. When the newspaper in west central Minnesota closed years ago, its letterpress equipment was donated to become a museum. The newspaper museum is marking 30 years’ service in 2017. The Maynard News’ most high-profile publisher was Fay George Child, a sometimes-controversial ...

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History Note: Life in, after institutionalization is documentary focus

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was in March. But it’s never too late to see videos prepared by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (MnCDD), to learn about historical efforts and accomplishments to advance the cause of integration and inclusion for people with disabilities. Faces of Inclusion and Integration tells powerful stories of lives changed. The ...

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History Note: Protests, podium appearances created lasting ADA images

During March, Women’s History Month, Access Press honors women who played a role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They are sometimes described as the “mothers” of the ADA. This month is a look at some of the women whose actions created lasting images linked to the ADA’s passage. Information is ...

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History Note – Many women played key roles in the passage of the ADA

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month. A special presidential proclamation is issued every year to honor the extraordinary achievements of women in the United States. Countless women with disabilities have played key roles in the disability rights movement, the movement from institutionalization to community living, education reforms and the passage of the ...

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History Note: Gov. Wendell Anderson a leader in council’s start

History  Note: Gov. Wendell Anderson a leader in council’s start The following is excerpted from The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities series, Forty-Five Years of History 1971-2016. This month looks at the start of Minnesota’s council. The state councils on developmental disabilities are self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in a specific state or territory. The Minnesota Council is one of 56 councils across ...

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History Note: Kennedy, Johnson were key community allies

October 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (MN-CDD). This article is excerpted from a longer organizational history. In the 20th century, institutional living was the norm for individuals with developmental disabilities. By the late 1940s, family members formed the “parent movement” in response to overcrowding and increasingly deplorable conditions ...

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25th anniversary: Reflecting on a year of celebration, lessons of history

People with disabilities can reflect on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as 2015 winds down. In Minnesota and across the nation, many celebrations were held to mark this important legislation and its impacts on our community. Most celebrations were held on or near July 26, the anniversary date, including the celebration at the Minnesota History Center. A ...

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History Note: A passion for puppets was a part of Moses’ life

History Note: A passion for puppets was a part of Moses’ life A lifetime love of puppetry and theater, and a commitment to disability rights, defined Ken Moses’ life. The Stillwater area resident died of congestive heart failure August 17. In Minnesota, Moses is remembered for his work on disability and GLBT rights as well as his theater and arts accessibility work with VSA Minnesota, the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters and other groups. But what ...

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History Note – August 2015: Parent movement helped set the stage for changes

History Note – August 2015:  Parent movement helped set the stage for changes [caption id="attachment_19899" align="alignleft" width="275"] The parent movement helped countless people.[/caption] The parent movement helped set the stage for the larger disability rights movement which led to passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This history is excerpted from a history of the Partners in Policymaking program. The vast majority of children and adults with intellectual disabilities lived in public institutions, hidden from view. ...

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History Note – A look back, 25 years ago

Many of the activists and leaders who pushed through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are gone now. Justin Dart Jr., who founded disability advocacy groups and was a leader in passage of the ADA, died in 2002. Evan Kemp Jr., who led the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and helped shape the ADA for President George H.W. Bush’s administration, died in 1997. But others who were involved with the ADA ...

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Final push for the ADA took time, political process

At the beginning of the George H. W. Bush presidential administration, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became the charge of disability lobbyists, including Patrisha Wright of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa and Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, working with Wright, rewrote a more conservative version of the ADA of 1988 than the ...

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Women helped meet equipment, health care needs

A generous grant represents a shift in focus for a Minneapolis organization with a long history of helping people in need. The Crippled Child Relief Fund gave $85,000 to EquipaLife, a donation described on page 5 in this issue of Access Press. As fund leaders decide to shift focus and change the group’s name, it’s time to look back at a ...

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Blind advocacy group’s history is one of change

Vision Loss Resources is marking 100 years’ service in 2014. The agency is an independent, nonprofit organization. It serves the Twin Cities area counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright. Assistance is available at low or no cost to people living in the service area, with services provided by ...

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Olmstead anniversary is reminder of past struggles, gains

Olmstead anniversary is reminder of past struggles, gains The Olmstead decision is considered by many people to be the most important legal victory for people with disabilities. It celebrated its 15th anniversary last month. On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in the case of Olmstead v L.C. & E.W., that states violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when ...

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Willowbrook case brought needed national reform

Willowbrook case brought needed national reform The recent sanctions in an ongoing federal court case focused on the former Minnesota Extended Treatment Options facility bring to mind how other abuse cases brought changes in laws and practices. One of the nation’s most scandalous incidents was exposed in the 1960s at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island in New York City. Willowbrook ...

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All children have the same rights to education

All children have the same rights to education All children have the same basic right to education, thanks to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The nation’s highest court ruled that the right and opportunity to an education must be made available to all on equal terms, “all” meaning people of all ...

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St. Paul student’s website brings key legal case to life

St. Paul student’s website brings key legal case to life [caption id="attachment_16714" align="alignleft" width="201" caption="Lillian Lampros: a seventh grader at Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul"][/caption] A 1974 legal case that was a turning point in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in the United States was a Minnesota History Day project. Lillian Lampros, a 13-year-old seventh grader at Capitol Hill Magnet School in ...

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Women’s efforts aided veterans with disabilities

In the United States, the history of providing benefits for veterans with disabilities dates back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed legislation that stated that disabled veteran soldiers would be supported by their colony. Revolutionary War veterans with disabilities obtained a pension provided by ...

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Then as now, award winner spoke out for our rights

2012 Charlie Smith Award winner Charles Van Heuveln has long been a champion of disability rights. The remarks below by Van Heuveln are excerpted from the record of his testimony of June 21, 1972 to the Minnesota Constitutional Study Commission Bill of Rights Committee. It's time for all physically impaired people to stick up for their ...

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Travel arrangements would be unacceptable today

The Wright County Eagle for Friday, July 31, 1874 reported that Sheriff John Nugent had come through Delano the previous Tuesday while bringing seven-year-old Henry Buri to the Hospital for the Insane in St. Peter. Henry, who lived south of what is now Annandale, had been committed in Wright County Probate Court the day before. His ...

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A leader with promise had life cut short by illness

Anna Johnson, her husband, and her six-month-old child left Norway in April 1868 bound for Fillmore County in Minnesota. The 22-year-old woman was fatigued and ill most of the time on the voyage. On the final leg of her trip, the train trip from Milwaukee to LaCrosse, she became incoherent and confused. After she arrived in ...

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In a word: Ballot’s outcome hinges on language

“Shall the Minnesota constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”  As Minnesotans prepare to cast ballots in November on a constitutional amendment that would require voters to produce photo identification at the polling ...

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Lee Perish pioneered theater access, health care

Lee Perish pioneered theater access, health care Interpreters at performances are commonplace today, but that wasn’t always the case. People who were deaf or hearing-impaired had to watch shows without interpretation or stay home. Going to a performance in a wheelchair was also difficult if not impossible. Spaces weren’t set aside for theatergoers. While passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in ...

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