On July 26, 2016, ADA Celebration Committee and the disability community celebrate the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An event that day at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, will bring together the rich variety of communities, ethnicities and identities that make up the disability community.
Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium with keynote address by Ken Rodgers, chair of the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, followed by a panel discussion on the joys and challenges of living with a disability in a culturally diverse community. Panelists include Carlos Vazquez, SMG; Mai Thor, Metropolitan Council; Char Coal, artist and disability advocate; and Fardowsa Ali, Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community. Kenneth Brown, a disability and civil rights advocate, will moderate the panel that will conclude at 5:00.
“9 Nights of Music”, a popular MN History Center series, now in its 19th year, presents Minnesota’s multi-cultural artists at free outdoor performances. “9 Nights of Music” is thrilled that Angelique Lele, 2015 Miss Wheelchair Minnesota, and Young Dance will perform and provide dance instruction for the assembled audience of all abilities. Performance and lessons start at 6:30 p.m. Lele is a yoga teacher, actor and dancer, who landed in a wheelchair after a trapeze accident in 2012. She continues to perform in the world of integrative dance. Young Dance brings together youth of all abilities with professional artists to forge an inclusive, creative community. The dance performance will be followed at 7:00 p.m. by Tamarak, a driving, no-holds-barred, classic rock-n-roll band, whose drummer Curt Jones, is blind. The night’s festivities end at 8:30. For more information on the “9 Nights of Music” visit www.mnhs.org.
The event is free and open to the public. ASL interpreters, audio description and CART captioning will be provided. Food will be available for purchase. Go to www.disability.state.mn.us for more information or to request accommodations by July 12, or call the Minnesota Council on Disability, 651-361-7800, toll-free 1-800-945-8913.
The ADA celebration is made possible in part by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, in addition to partnerships with AMPERS, the Minnesota History Center, and 15 disability organizations and state agencies.
The ADA establishes protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided in the Civil Rights Act on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, and religion; and ensures equal opportunity for access to businesses, employment, government programs and services, and telecommunications.
The ADA celebration is made possible in part by a grant from the Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
We would like to invite you to participate in a national survey titled, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of ADA Regional Centers (PIs: Lex Frieden and Joy Hammel). This project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities (For more information, visit the website: www.adaparc.org). We would like to improve our understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels.
We are very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation.
Please use the link below to access and complete the survey. The online survey can be completed in English or Spanish. This is the second round of data collection for this survey, so if you have already completed it, please do not complete the survey again.
If you would like to complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 312-996-9655. If you would like to complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at email@example.com.
Jill Bezyak, PhD, CRC, Licensed Psychologist
Rehabilitation Counseling and Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
The Minnesota State Council on Disability is seeking your input on Minnesota’s disability parking regulations. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate how people use the disability parking, what issues are occurring if any, while using the disability parking and how to mediate these issues. The survey will provide valuable data needed to determine if changes need to be made to Minnesota’s disability parking statute. Your valuable insight is needed to help us determine next steps.
The survey can be found by using the following link:
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is proud to serve residents by providing open spaces and recreation opportunities. Research shows – and you know, too – that open space and recreation opportunities contribute to a better quality of life for you and your neighbors.
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is proud of its efforts to make new sites usable by all, including those with and without disabilities. These steps help promote better health and better communities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective January 26, 1992. This comprehensive federal civil rights law requires Ramsey County to evaluate its sites and facilities, including those that existed before the ADA became law, to make sure that the opportunities at those sites and facilities are accessible to people with all types of disabilities. Towards that end, the county retained a nationally known firm, Recreation Accessibility Consultants, to develop an ADA transition plan to make the county’s parks and recreation sites accessible.
Recreation Accessibility Consultants has evaluated all sites within the Ramsey County parks system, from parks to ice arenas to golf courses to trails. Ramsey County will make changes to facilities and sites, but cannot make every change all at once. Work will be phased based on available resources while ensuring that accessible park and recreation opportunities are available throughout Ramsey County.
This fall, Recreation Accessibility Consultants is developing recommendations which will phase the county’s corrective accessibility work at sites throughout the parks system for years to come. Community engagement is a vital part of this process.
Do you or a family member have a disability?
As a part of this process, Ramsey County Parks & Recreation wants your opinions! We’ll ask questions like the ones below…
Should golf courses have a higher access priority than other sites?
Should ice arenas have a higher access priority than other sites?
Should trails have a higher access priority than other park assets, such as playgrounds?
Should the basics, like parking and park restrooms, have a higher access priority than other park assets?
How far away from your home and your nearest park are you willing to go to find an accessible park?
Should regional parks have a higher priority than local parks, or vice versa?
We also want your general opinions about Ramsey County Parks & Recreation priorities and preferences regarding park and facility access. Knowing your beliefs and perceptions will help us be good stewards of the parks for you.
When and Where?
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will hold three meetings.
• Wednesday, November 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Vadnais Sports Center, 1490 County Road E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
• Thursday, November 19
10:30 a.m. – noon
Battle Creek Community Recreation Center, 75 S Winthrop St, St Paul, MN 55119
• Thursday, November 19 6 – 8 p.m.
Goodrich Golf Course Clubhouse, 1820 North Van Dyke Street, Maplewood, MN 55109
We sincerely hope you will join us to be part of this important discussion. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re unable to attend:
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” Learn more at the Office of Disability Employment Policy website.
- MSCOD supports the VSA Minnesota event, “Minnesota Arts Access Chautauqua.” Please consider attending this fine event on Friday-Saturday, September 25-26, 2015 at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts in Minneapolis.
- Metropolitan Center for Independent Living’s annual event is coming up on October 6 and features Paralympic Athlete and MN native Chuck Aoki as keynote speaker!
- On Oct. 22, AuSM will bring together Minnesota’s top corporate leaders, business professionals, state agencies, and autism advocates for Autism in Business.
The event includes:
- MNBLN Presents: Career Fair with Private and Public Employers, including Resumé Review and Mock Interviews
- MNSCIA Presents: Resource Vendor Fair with Private and Public Resource Organizations
- Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) Breakout Sessions
- 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration Recap
- Artists & Performers with Disabilities
- tpt Live broadcast statewide Brown Bag Lunch featuring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Minnesota Policy Makers, Minnesota Employers, Minnesota Job Seekers and Employees.
- Statewide Employment Dialogue
- Q&A with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and Featured Employers
The Disability Community, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and MSCOD, proudly present Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA, created by tpt journalist, David Gillette. Mr. Gillette creates a short, engaging video to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA into law. We trust this whiteboard video essay offers a fun way to explore an overview of the ADA’s impact on the everyday lives of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in the workplace. View the video HERE. (Audio described version coming soon)
THE ADA LEGACY PROJECT:
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Reflections on ADA’s 25th Anniversary
“At the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA, former Senator David Durenberger said that the federal legislation had roots in Minnesota law and policy that date back more than 50 years. He also recalled that many people, businesses and advocacy groups said the ADA couldn’t be passed for costs and practicality reasons. When told that companies and government couldn’t afford to make changes outlined in the ADA, Senator Durenberger’s response was ‘We can’t afford not to do it.’”
Senator Durenberger and others reflect on the ADA 25 years later in the latest installment of Moments in Disability History. To read more, please visit the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website. The ADA Legacy Project “celebrates the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on disability rights, and honors the contributions of individuals with disabilities and their allies who persevered in securing the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation.”
SAVE THE DATE:
Join us on July 26 for Minnesota’s premiere ADA Celebration!
MSCOD and the project partners have exciting plans for Sunday, July 26th. We are hosting the 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration and Family Day at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Everyone is invited to the party from noon until 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!
The Family Day includes:
- Live entertainment
- An open mic so YOU can tell YOUR story
- Interactive arts activities
- Light refreshments served
- BBQ lunch is available for purchase
- Reasonable accommodations provided
- FREE parking and shuttle service
A portion of tpt’s upcoming documentary, The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN, will be premiered. This celebration will be fun for the whole family. We invite you to join us for this fun filled day! Stay tuned for more information.
ADA Conference Venue Announced!
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, MSCOD, along with the project partners, will host an ADA Celebration/Training Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Ave S). This conference will focus on employment, technology, advocacy, and community living. Also, in partnership with the Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN), we are excited to announce that the event will include a career fair for people with disabilities.
The conference will feature speakers and informative breakout sessions. The noon hour keynote program will be broadcast live statewide on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) including participation from communities across the State of Minnesota. Details are being finalized and will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Share your opinions about MN’s Olmstead Plan
Minnesota’s Olmstead Subcabinet would like to hear from you. They need your comments and opinions as they revise and reshape the goals in the State’s Olmstead Plan.
Comments are accepted at any time throughout the year, however, comments submitted by Friday, June 19, will be reviewed by the teams that are currently revising the Plan.
There are several ways to submit your comment:
- Online at mn.gov/Olmstead. Click “Participate” and follow instructions for our online form.
- Email MNOlmsteadPlan@state.mn.us
- Mail to the Olmstead Implementation Office, 400 Sibley Street, Suite 255 St. Paul, MN 55101
Not sure what to share? All comments are welcome, but the questions below may be helpful. Tell them your ideas for or experiences with:
- Barriers with trying to get disability services
- Improving choices for people with disabilities
- Improving opportunities for making informed choices about services, housing, employment and education
- How to improve services for people with disabilities
- How to measure outcomes of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan
Share your point of view on the ADA!
There is still time to be a part of the future of the ADA in Minnesota! MSCOD contracted with the Improve Group, an external research group from Saint Paul, to study what the employment landscape in Minnesota looks like now that ADA has been law for 25 years. We want to hear from people with disabilities who are employed or seeking employment, to learn how the ADA has impacted their job search and ability to work. We also want to hear from employers regarding how the ADA has impacted hiring practices.
The survey is completely anonymous and can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/ADA25employmentMN
Please share it with everyone!
- Census Records Sharp Rise In Disability Providers
- Honoring the ADA with the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights and the Kennedy Center’s 25/40 Celebration Honoring the History, Art, and Culture of the Disability Community
- Pursuing transformative technology with the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities
- Celebrating 25 years of the ADA: Ensuring Access to Jobs and Electronic Court Documents for People with Disabilities
About the ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Project
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 years old on July 26, 2015. The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is planning a number of activities leading up to and marking this historic day.
The MSCOD ADA 25 year Anniversary Legacy Project seeks to preserve and raise awareness of Minnesota’s role in the development of the ADA as well as celebrate Minnesota’s disability cultures in tandem with the 25 year anniversary of the passage of the ADA.
MSCOD’s Legacy Funds are administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center.
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.