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“Remain open to any new insights.” — Confucius

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March 10, 1999

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Where Do Our Issues Stand? by Charlie Smith, Editor

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Self Defense: Options For People With Disabilities by Donna McNamara

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hen I worked at the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, I frequently spoke with women who had been sexually assaulted who wanted to learn what their options might be if they were threatened again in the future. I also spoke with women who had not been assaulted, but who felt the very real threat of assault. Given the statistics on violence against women in U.S. society, it is understandable that many women are interested in developing personal safety skills. But eliminating violence against women cannot be accomplished by individuals learning, one by one, how to “fight back.” It requires broad-scale social change that confronts the roots of gender-based inequality. At the same time, it is important for women to have skills for self-protection; and knowing how to respond to assault situations can be difficult, especially since gender-based socialization continues to reward “nice” women who are quiet and submissive. Self defense classes can offer a variety of skills for dealing with dangerous and poten-

tially dangerous situations. For this article, I spoke with Mary Brandl, a third degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate, who has been teaching karate, self defense and personal safety classes in Minnesota and nationally since 1980. Over the years, Brandl has developed self defense courses specifically for women with disabilities and many women with disabilities take her “mainstream” classes as well. A recent series for Deaf women was held at a local church. I attended one of the sessions and spoke with some of the participants about their experience. Rhonda said she took the course to gain self confidence, adding, “It’s a goal of mine to be able to protect myself.” Another participant, who was abused by her ex-boyfriend, came to learn how to “think positive and fight back.” Kathy Schumacher, who coordinates the sexual assault program for Deaf women at Regions Hospital and was a co-sponsor of the series said, “I like to take this course every year or two. You never know what situation you could run into; it’s a good reminder.”

One thing Brandl stresses is that there are many more options for dealing with dangerous situations than we realize. Furthermore, many people do not have accurate information about how confrontations begin and how they progress. As a result, even a minimum of training can increase a person’s options significantly. It is important to keep in mind, however, that regardless of the level of training, there is never a guarantee that a particular technique will always work or that learning self defense insures you can escape any situation unharmed. With that in mind, let’s look at how basic self defense can be a helpful thing for people with disabilities to know. Marj Schneider, who is blind, first took self defense classes many years ago, soon after she moved out of her parents’ home. She believes anyone with a disability would benefit from taking self defense. “We need every resource for feeling confident in ourselves and certain of our abilities,” says Schneider. “Self defense skills should be taught along with assert-

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he legislature’s in full swing and the week of March 1-5 was Disability Week at the Capitol, with many organizations and constituents meeting with legislators and attending hearings. Although it is difficult for a monthly newspaper to provide legislative updates, since things move so quickly, we will try to bring you up to speed on many of the bills that have been introduced so far. Keep in mind that by the time you read this the status of some of the legislation may have already changed. Information for this article was provided by the community groups working on these bills. The Waiting List bill (S.F. 288/H.F. 345) seeks to eliminate the waiting list for people with mental retardation and related disabilities over a four year period. It seeks funding for 1,000 people to receive waivered services, 900 families to receive the family support grant, and 500 individuals to receive semi-independent living services in the first biennium.

ity for medical assistance, a person must “spend-down” their income to $467 a month. This limit would be increased by $27 (as allowed by federal law) to assist people with disabilities and seniors with the increased cost of living, if Senate File 542 and House File 669 pass. This bill has passed out of the Policy Committees in both houses. Cost of Living Increases for Direct Care Workers Bills have been introduced to increase wages for Home and Community Based Services workers (Senate File 112 & House File 499). An increase would help address the severe shortage of home and direct care workers (personal care attendants, nursing home and group home staff) needed by many people with disabilities. For decades the increases that have been allocated have lagged behind the actual increase in the cost of living.

The bill has passed out of the Health and Human Services Policy Committees in both the House and Senate, and was passed out of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee March 2.

These bills call for an increase in reimbursement rates in 1999 and 2000 by an amount equal to “(1) an amount necessary to increase wages paid to non-administrative staff by 5%, plus (2) the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index-All Items (CPIU) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1999 and 2000 for providers.”

Metro Mobility The Metropolitan Council (governing body over Metro Mobility) has not yet submitted its budget to the legislature. They have indicated their support for some increase in Metro Mobility funding, but at this point the amount of the increase, if any, is still unknown.

This bill was passed out of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 2nd with the addition of 5 amendments. Committee members also agreed to conduct research into the pros and cons of using a % wage increase vs a specified amount of money per hour for all workers.

Medical Assistance Income Standard Currently, to maintain eligibil-

Common Vision Advocating Change Together is seeking funding to continue

their community organizing and self-advocacy leadership development. Senator Janezich will carry this bill in the Senate and they are currently seeking a House sponsor. Special Education There are two bills going through the legislature that address the 1998 legislation which requires that all state special education laws and rules which exceed federal law be sunset on JuIy 1, 1999. The first bill (HF 488/SF 297) contains the noncontroversial items to which all the stakeholders agreed. In particular, the bill allows the Department of Children, Families and Learning (DCFL) to make minor revisions to eligibility criteria, align certain sections to federal language, and repeal outdated language. The second bill (HF 483/SF 296) contains controversial items. Some of the items were recently agreed upon, such as eliminating the state payment of districts’ attorney fees and agreeing to look at EB/D criteria. Additionally the bill contains language that strengthens parent special education advisory committees by continuing to allow flexibility but also requiring some accountability. The bill would lower the age students can continue receiving services from September 1 after they turn 22 to September 1 after they turn 21. The bill would also increase the age at which transition services begin from age 14 to age 16. The Coalition for Children with Disabilities is strongly opposed to these two changes. Action on language related to the suspension and expulsion of children with disabilities is being delayed until the federal IDEA regulations come out the first week in

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rights in Minnesota. Though we mourn his passing, we rejoice in the things that he accomplished.

Charlie Smith

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e are all saddened by the recent death of Kurt Strom. Even those of us who didn’t know Kurt well benefitted from his work on all our behalf. His tireless efforts, both at the Capitol, but even more importantly, be-

The first week of March was Disability Week at the State Capitol. Hundreds of people with disabilities, family members and supported made this hind the scenes, where the first annual event a success. hardest work is often done, As you can see by our lead helped advance disability story, the legislature is very

Work Incentives Meeting

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reaking down barriers to employment of people with disabilities was the subject of a grassroots meeting held in Madison, Wisconsin on February 19th. Over 80 individuals from six mid-western states met to exchange ideas on improving work incentives at both the state and federal levels. Participants included people with disabilities, family members, advocates and providers. Representatives of Social Security, state vocational rehabilitation and Medicaid agencies also attended, along with an official from the Alabama Governor’s office who hopes to organize a similar event in her region.

The meeting was organized by Barbara Otto of Illinois’ SSI Coalition for a Responsible Safety Net and Jeff Bangsberg of the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN CCD). Representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin shared information about grassroots work incentives activities in each of their states. Several states outlined Work Incentives Demonstration Projects they have initiated, thanks to federal grant funding from the Social Security Administration.

topic of a presentation by Karen Tritz of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Oregon was the first state to create such a program. Ms. Tritz, Jack Hillyard and Jeff Bangsberg shared proposals for similar programs currently being discussed in the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota legislatures.

An overview of the Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 was presented by Alaine Perry of the World Institute on Disability. This national legislation addresses the lack of adequate health coverage for Medicaid Buy-in programs working persons with disabiliauthorized under the Balanced ties; the complexity and inadBudget Act of 1997 were the equacy of existing work incentives; and the financial penalties faced by people with disabilities who work. It tackles these problems through proposed changes in the Medicaid, Medicare, vocational rehabilitation and Social Security programs. The U.S. Senate MINNESOTA STATE COUNCIL version of the Work IncenON DISABILITY tives Improvement Act (S. Minnesota Youth Leadership Forum 331) was introduced at the end of January and already has over Summer 1999 50 co-sponsors. A companion bill is expected to be introduced Are you a junior or senior high school student with a in the U.S. House of Represendisability? Do you want an exciting learning experience? tatives in early March. Plan to attend a youth leadership forum this summer. Join with students from around the state at a Twin Cities college campus for four days of learning, exploring and fun.

For more information, call 651-296-6785 (Voice/TTY), or toll-free 1-800-945-8913 (Voice/TTY). E-mail: council.disability@state.mn.us Fax: 651-296-5935

Deputy Commissioner Susan Daniels of the Social Security Administration gave an enthusiastic speech, commending the midwestern states for their leadership on these issues. Ms. Daniels applauded participants for bringing together disparate groups to work toward common goals, and for recognizing that you can’t change public

active this sesson. Many of the disability issues are being met with favor in both houses and advocates are working hard to make sure that legislators understand and support these intitiatives.

staff person, but when a legislator hears from a person who lives in their district that they can’t, for example, find a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) because the wages are too low, it has a much stronger impact.

Your support is still needed! Legislators need to hear why these issues are important to you, they need to hear from people who are being affected. It is one thing to have something explained to you by a

I urge you to get involved. There’s a box on pagexx with information on how to contact legislators. Tell them your story. If you need help or are not sure what to say, contact one of the many disability or-

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**** Start making your plans to attend the Disability Culture Conference April 30 and May 1st. National speakers will be presenting along with activists from Minnesota. It’s a good opportunity to meet people and learn more about the many aspects of our culture. Mark your calendar!

A Tribute To Kurt Strom by Wendy Brower, Margot Imdieke Cross, Linda Wolford

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urt Strom was born on January 8, 1946 and was raised in Pipestone, Minnesota. After receiving a German degree from Macalester College, he taught at Crosier Seminary for two years. He then graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN in 1974 with a B.A. in French, followed by a Masters degree in Languages from the University of Minnesota in 1976. On August, 27, 1977 Kurt married Mary Tomashcko in New Ulm and then joined the staff of the Minnesota State Council on Disability, where he spent the next 22 years advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. At the State Council Kurt wore many hats and performed many duties. His positions over the 22 year span included information and referral officer; codirector; acting director; and most recently, Community Program Advocate. In the office, he was also recognized as the office historian and computer guru. In addition, he served on the U.S. West Communications Advisory Panel, the Courage Center Public Policy Committee and the Transit Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Council. Kurt’s most notable achievements include major improvements to the disability parking bill, working behind the scenes to improve Metro Mobility service, and strengthening ADA compliance within state agencies.

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ganizations working with the issue affecting you.

On Friday, February 12, 1999, Kurt Strom died quietly in his home in Oakdale after a long struggle with ALS. He was one of the best disability rights advocates in Minnesota and we were lucky to work with Kurt and call him our friend.

had to deal with serious physical limitations. At the same time, assertiveness has never been my strong point, and I am sad to think of the opportunities I have passed up.

When we think of Kurt, we remember his sense of humor, intelligence and the countless contributions he made to improve the lives of people with disabilities. As one of his best friends, Lyle Frerichs, said at Kurt’s memorial service: “I’m sure we can all recall a time when we went to Kurt for advice. He had this uncanny ability to look at all sides of a problem... and articulate his thoughts about it in a clear, concise manner. Usually, when all was said and done, he’d conclude with a joke that was approppriate for the situation. I miss his jokes. Kurt spent countless hours up ‘on the hill’ working with legislators on creating laws that help people with disabilities live more fulfilling lives. He was a behind-the-scenes kinda guy who didn’t need the lime-light, and seldom got it. He didn’t have an ego, yet he got more done for more people than anyone I know.”

Apparently I have developed ALS, and that disease is now stripping away my abilities. I can no longer walk or even do so much as blow my nose without help. And I am losing the power to speak. Eventually, within the next year or two, the ALS will most likely kill me. All this is true, and maybe it looks like I should be hunting for the nearest sharp razor blade. BUT LOOK AGAIN Music fills my Iife. I have loved classical music since I was little, and I can’t describe the joy it gives me. It has sustained me through some rough times. Without it I would be much poorer. The universe seems to be a funny place. There’s a lot going on that makes me laugh - though admittedly I have a warped sense of humor.

I have a deep curiosity and a tremendous love of learning. There is so much to learn and it’s all so exciting! Learning about myself and the world around me gives purpose to We’d also like to share with my life. you an essay Kurt wrote after Kurt was truly a disability acbeing diagnosed with ALS. tivist before we were even using that term. We learned so My Life much from him and he was a by Kurt Strom mentor to us. This wise and You could look at my life and humble man made a significant see mostly grimness. I have difference. His legacy lives on. had cerebral palsy since birth So long good friend. We’ll and throughout my life have catch up with you later. 

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March. The issue dealing with variances for interpreters and transliterators is also on hold.

To find out the name of your Representative in the House, call the House Information Office at: (651) 296-2146 (Voice), (651) 296-9896 (TTY), or 1-800-657-3550 (V/TTY).

MCIL Seeks Volunteers

The Governor’s budget contains an increase of $97 million for special education. The increased funding includes $8 million for early intervention; $60 million for special education teachers’ salaries and equipment; and $29 million for special education “excess cost aid,” which is available to districts with unusually high special education costs.

In the Senate, the number to call is: (651) 296-0504 (Voice), (651) 296-0250 (TTY) or toll-free 1-888-234-1112 (Voice) or 1888-234-1216 (TTY).

The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) is forming strategic planning work groups and is looking for community members- program

Homechoice Bill The Homechoice bill has been introduced in both bodies (SF 340 and HF 867). It was passed out of the House Economic Development Policy Committee on March 2 and referred to the respective House Finance Committee. Prescription Drug Coverage On January 1, 1999, Minnesota started a new program that allows qualified seniors on Medicare to have their prescription drugs covered by the state. However, the program doesn’t include people with disabilities. There are several bills at the capitol that would expand the program to people with disabilities. There may be some opposition to these bills because of the costs to the state, which have not yet been determined. The Mental Health Employment Initiative as outlined in S.F. 545, (Johnson), and H.F. 690, (Rostberg), received its first hearing in the Senate on February 25. The bill would appropriate additional dollars to provide employment supports to enable individuals with mental illness to obtain and retain employment in the community. The bill would require that the Commissioner of Economic Security study, and report back to the Legislative Chairs of the Economic Development Committees, the unmet needs for employment support services to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. The Mental Illness Crisis Housing Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to pay rent (for up to 90 days) for a person who is hospitalized as a result of mental illness, who, without assistance, would lose their housing. Representative Lynda Boudreau is carrying H.F. 834, while Senator Sheila Kiscaden is serving as the Chief Senate Author of S.F. 970. Senator Tracy Beckman is serving as Chief Senate Author of Bridges Transitional Housing, with Representative Storm serving as Chief House Author. Bridges is a housing support fund available to low income persons with mental illness, enabling the individual to rent a qualifying apartment for 30% of their income while

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development, fiscal responsi- Positions need to be filled by bility and fund-raising, organi- March 24. Contact Ellie Emanzational health and staff/board uel (612) 627-4135. development, and communications/community relations.

MS Walk On Sun., April 18, the 12th an- Hosted by the National Multi- ety, as well as research to find

they are on a waiting list for Section 8. This appropriation would be used to reduce the waiting list and to expand the program to other Minnesota communities. Work Incentives for People with Disabilities This bill allows working adults with disabilities who need medical assistance (MA) coverage to “buy-in” by paying a premium instead of meeting a “spend-down” on their income. This will allow people to keep assets up to $20,000 plus retirement and medical savings accounts. A spouse’s income and assets would not be counted in this proposal. Senate File 675 and House File 670 have passed the Senate and House Health Policy Committees and on March 2, the bill passed out of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. The text of Minnesota’s proposed work incentives legislation follows:

counts, medical savings accounts, and all assets excluded under the supplemental security income program; and who pays a premium, if required. Any spousal income or assets shall be disregarded for purposes of eligibility and premium determinations.

nual MS Walk will take place in eight cities: Duluth, Marshall, Minneapolis, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Willmar.

ple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter, the Walk raises funds to support the many programs offered by the MS Soci-

a cure for MS. Brochures are available at Subway, or contact the MS Society at 612-3357900, or 1-800-582-5296.

1999 Starlight Ball On Friday, May 21 Help Your- the Zuhrah Shrine Center, 2540 tion assisting people with al-

self, Inc. will hold its annual Starlight Ball fundraiser. This year’s theme is “A Celebration (b) A person whose earned of Kids.” The event begins at and unearned income is equal 7:00 p.m. and is being held at to or greater than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines for the applicable family size On April 9-10, D E A F Incormust pay a premium to be eli- porated presents an HIV/STD gible for medical assistance. Peer Education Training workThe premium shall be equal to shop. The workshop, preten percent of the person’s sented in ASL, is an opportugross earned and unearned nity for people to learn about income above 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines for the applicable family size up PACER Center offers the folto the cost of coverage. lowing free workshops for parents of children with disabili(c) A person’s eligibility and ties. “Graduation Standards: premium shall be determined Modifications and Accommoby the local county agency. dations” Tues., 3/16, from 6:30 Premiums must be paid to the - 9:30 p.m. at Hope Presbytecommissioner. All premiums rian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. are dedicated to the commis- S., Rm C300S, Richfield. A bill for an act relating to sioner. health care; expanding medical assistance eligibility for d) Any required premium shall H orizon Theater presents employed persons with dis- be determined at application “First Night” at the Peoples abilities; amending Minne- and redetermined annually at Center, 2000 So. 5th St., Minnesota Statutes 1998,section recertification or when a apolis. Performances are at 8 265B. 057, by adding a subdi- change in income occurs. p.m. Th-Sun, with 2 p.m. mativision. (e) The first premium payment BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEG- is due upon notification from Sister Kenny Institute’s 36th ISLATURE OF THE STATE OF the commissioner of the pre- annual International Art Show MINNESOTA: mium amount required. Pre- by Artists with Disabilities miums may be paid in install- opens Fri., April 16, 1999, with Section 1. Minnesota statutes ments at the discretion of the 1998, section 265B.057, is commissioner. amended by adding a subdiviWilderness Inquiry is a nonsion to read: (f) Nonpayment of the premium profit organization that proshall result in denial or vides adventure travel for Subd. 9. [EMPLOYED PER- termination of medical assis- people of all ages, backSONS WITH DISABILITIES] tance unless the person dem- grounds, and abilities. Schol(a) Medical assistance may onstrates good cause for non- arships are often available. be paid for a person who is payment. Nonpayment shall Upcoming trips include: employed; who, except for in- include payment with a discome or assets, would be eli- honored instrument. If paygible for the supplemental se- ment is made with a dishoncurity income program; whose ored instrument the commisassets do not exceed $20,000, sioner may demand a guaranexcluding retirement ac- teed form of payment. 

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PACER Center Workshops “School Discipline and Children with EBD.” Thurs., 3/11, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., at Hope Presbyterian Church, Rm H001, 7132 Portland Ave. S., Richfield. “Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Rights for Students with Disabilities in Regular Ed.” Mon., 3/22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

at Calvary Baptist Church, 907 W. 15th St. Hastings. Advance registration is requested for the workshops. For info. or to register, call PACER at (612) 827-2966 (Voice); (800) 537-2237 (toll free); or (612) 827-7770 (TTY).

Horizon Theatre Performance Benefit nees on Sat and Sun. Call for ASL and Audio described performance dates. 20% of ticket sales will benefit the following non-profit groups: Make-A-

Wish Foundation, VSA Minnesota, the Lake Street Foundation, and the AIDS Emergency Fund. For tickets, call: (612) 871-5121.

International Art Show a Gala Grand Opening from 5-8 p.m. Held at Sister Kenny Institute, 28th St at Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis, the exhibit

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Religion & Disability

On Mental Illness

Friends And Friendship

A Gift Of Hope

by John Schatzlein

by Pete Feigal

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s we look to this season of Easter, perhaps it is an opportunity to reflect on a commentary I found recently. I believe it applies to all belief structures. It was titled: SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, LAY AFRESH ON ME

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eople, Incorporated is attempting to open a new mental health residency on St. Paul’s East Side. An apartment complex, perfect for their needs, is up for sale on Dayton’s Bluff, and they are hoping to buy and refurbish it to create apartments for about a dozen folks recovering from mental illness/brain disorders. Some of the neighbors, wellmeaning and concerned about the future of their already hardhit community, are trying to block the sale.

neighbors feel passionate enough about their neighborhood to come to these meetings. And that so many consumers, family members, mental health professionals and accepting neighbors have also shown up in support of the new residency. I personally believe that, with more knowledge and education about mental illness to go with their passion, the neighbors opposed will feel just as positively about tbe program as we do.

Friendship doubles our joy During the last month, as the and divides our sorrow. zoning and district committees Christ was alone through His for Dayton’s Bluff have met trip to the cross. For a time Our greatest achievement is and debated, parties from both there were probably feelings not in art or work but in friend- sides have given their points of abandonment and rejection ship being with, to and for of view. Some neighbors, pasbecause of who He was. In the others. sionate but uneducated about Resurrection, acceptance bethe realities of mental illness, came a part of many people. It’s the friend that you can call have given the viewpoint that You and I have the opportu- up at 4 a.m. that matters. they believe the facility would nity and responsibility to resonly be another drug re-hab urrect ourselves as well. We “You didn’t have to seek me center, or that the residents Many of us with functional need to feel and know we are out and let me know of the might be unruly or possibly limitations may be alone for a important and of value. This things you thought would help dangerous. They are also concan be hard but it is true. me, yet you did and, as a result, cerned to see a well-run buildit has had far more meaning ing change hands, and have than anything I have so far the current renters, four eldUniversity of Minnesota experienced. erly folks, displaced. People, Inc.’s viewpoint is that this The friend who cares makes it facility would be professionCourse Offering in American Studies clear that whatever happens ally run and maintained, as all for Spring Quarter, 1999! in the external world, being their programs are; and that present to each other is what the residents would be there really matters. for mental health issues, and “Disability in Contemporary would be well monitored and American Culture” A friend is someone that knows supervised. They are also conthe song in your heart and cerned about the elderly resisings it back to you when yowr dents, and have vowed that Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. memory fails. the residents would be given 216 Nicholson Hall assistance and compensation “Think of where one’s glory to assure that they find new This class will examine historic/ contemporary most begins and ends, and say homes that they will enjoy. views of disability in American Culture. my glory was, I had such Students will consider how disability has friends.” Wm. Yeats The debate has gone back and been socially constructed through physical forth and the issue is still up in barriers, medicalization, institutionalization “Without the correction, the the air at this time. What’s and isolation. Course topics include media reflection, the support of other hopeful is that the concerned representations, education, employment, presences, being is not merely quality of life, and disability rights activism. unsafe, it is a horror-for any- save us from the frenzy of Instructor: Marj Schneider one but God... It is in the lovely aloneness.” Geo. MacDonald creatures God has made Call Sue Kroeger, 612-624-4120 for more info. around us, in giving us Him- “A faithful friend is a sturdy self, that, until we know God, shelter, she who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy.” Sir 6 HOUSING AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

I was given the opportunity to be at a neighborhood meeting in February, and the privilege of speaking, not just as a mental health consumer, not just as a supporter of People, Inc., but as an East Sider for many years. I wanted to share with you what I said that night:

Its theme was about friends and friendships. For me it transcended functional limitations be they from physical, or less obvious cognitive or mental health causes. All of us have the capacity to be friends in many different ways, or to want or need friends. When we reach out to others in a helping or social way, we increase the potential for friendships to develop. Without our chosen effort we may have less opportunities for this development and may then experience more feelings of aloneness. Sometimes we blame others for this.

variety of reasons. This season is a time of sadness and rebirth. Christ is led to death on the cross, as conveyed in western religions. Through this death, we are taught, you and I have the chance to examine or reexamine our lives and choose to move forward on a path of respect and love for each living creature. We are taught that we are all made in the image of God. This is difficult to believe sometimes, especially when we don’t like ourselves after an accident, or if a medical condition limits us in some way.

We can reach out and care for others thus caring for ourselves. We can befriend individuals that are in need and in return see ourselves differently. We can do simple things like calling someone and asking how they are. We can get involved in social justice efforts. All these actions, and many more, show the spirit of caring and love, being friends and sharing what we are about. Here are some other comments about friends and friendships.

Accessible Space, Inc. (ASI) offers subsidized one and two bedroom apartments for individuals with physical disabilities. We have housing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Austin, Marshall, Willmar, and Duluth. The apartments are fully wheelchair accessible and each building has a central laundry room, large community room, secured entry and an on-site caretaker. ASI also offers shared personal care services 24 hours a day, at most locations, for adults with a physical disability and/or traumatic brain injury who qualify for Medical Assistance. For more information call (651) 645-7271 or (800) 466-7722. For services or housing call Leigh, for employment as a personal care attendant call Al or Kellie.

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“My name is Pete Feigal and for six years, I was one of your neighbors here on Dayton’s Bluff. When I think about Dayton’s Bluff, I remember it as the toughest neighborhood I ever lived in, and the kindest neighbors I ever lived next to. I’ve personally seen how the neighborhood has struggled these last years and how much it needs some hope right now.

I’m one of the people we’re talking about here today. I have struggled with mental illness for 30 years. I was in hospitals, group homes and residencies like the one proposed here tonight. For me, the cruelest aspect of my own 30 year struggle with mental illness was the overwhelming isolation, abandonment and despair created by both the disease and the misconceptions and fear surrounding it. This sense of being utterly alone in my suffering, cut off from all resources, deserted not only by man but by God, came close to destroying my connections with friends, family, and ultimately my spirituality. And when I was given the additional problem of multiple sclerosis, the despair in my Make this time a time for reflec- heart was “My God, my God, tion and re-birth. Share your- why have you forsaken me?” self with others and they will share with you.  The truth was that neither my family nor God had deserted John Schatzlein is Program me, they never gave up hope, Manager of the Office for Per- and with their love, and with sons with disAbilities at the professional help I reCatholic Charities in St. Paul. ceived from programs like those offered by People, Incorporated, I’ve been able to reclaim my life, building a family and a career as a professional artist and writer and as a national speaker, educating about multiple sclerosis and more importantly, mental illness.

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background checks, and worked closely with and were monitored by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and professional staff. Can we say the same about any of our other unknown neighbors renting next door here on Dayton’s Bluff? This is a complicated issue, and the welfare of the existing tenants is of importance, but one fact that can’t be overlooked is that this building is up for sale. Sooner or later it will be sold, and how can we be sure of the intentions of that unknown buyer? People, Incorporated, an organization dedicated to helping those with serious and persistent mental illness, runs over twenty exceptional programs around the metro area and has a 30 year reputation of kindness and assistance to people in need. Can we say the same about whoever may end up buying the building? Somehow, people believe that because mental illness doesn’t have the same physical manifestations as other illnesses, that it is less-than, not-as-important-as other problems. The exact opposite is the truth. Mental illness attacks our inner lives, and nothing is more important than that; because that is what determines our relationships with our families, our children, our neighborhoods, ourselves, and our God. There seems to be a misconception that this residency will be nothing more than a depository for more undesirables, and that it will only be another blow to the East Side, only bring it down further. The exact opposite is the truth. I am living proof that residences like this work, that they are oases of hope, of recovery, a place to rebuild dreams. And I would personally like to invite the passionate neighbors opposed to this program, to join me on a tour of other similar programs of People, Incorporated. So they can see firsthand how professional these programs are, but more importantly, to meet the wonderful people in the programs.

And years from now, the people of Dayton’s Bluff will point the residency out with pride as a gift of love, mercy, kindness and hope that they offered to people who are suffering. It may be a leap of faith for the neighbors now, but I know that by letting this program go forward, it will also be a gift of love and hope for Dayton’s Bluff, too. Something that the East Side When I was in a group home, desperately needs right now. I and all the other residents had 

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Hello Nicole: Dear Nicole, I’m trying to move out of my parents’ house into wheelchair accessible housing. I need section 8 but don’t understand which program is best and I don’t like to talk to my financial worker! I think I would like a section 8 certificate so I can live anywhere, but I heard it’s hard to get on that program because you have to wait so long. How can I find a good place to live? Can you explain the different section 8 options? Sincerely, Wanna be Independent Dear Independent, There is an extreme lack of affordable accessible housing. It’s really easy to get discouraged, so please remember if you have trouble, you are not the only one. Most people with disabilities have difficulty finding a place to live. I have lived in a wheelchair accessible section 8 apartment building, as well as a market rate apartment complex using a section 8 voucher. There are pros and cons with each of these, but first let me explain the different subsidy programs. There are three basic programs that I know about. One is called a section 8 certificate, another similar program is the section 8 voucher, and then there are section 8 buildings. With a certificate you pay a third of your income toward rent, and there is a limit to how high your rent can be. For example, if the certificate limit is $700 a month, you can’t live anywhere that costs more than $700 a month. The voucher program is similar to the certificate, except that there is no limit to how high your rent can be. However, if you choose to live somewhere that costs more than the approved voucher amount, you pay the difference. For example, if the approved voucher limit is $700 a month and you live in an apartment that costs $800 a month, you pay a third of your income PLUS the $100 difference. The voucher gives you more flexibility in where you can live, but also allows the landlord to raise the rent as much as they want and you

end up with very high rent. With both of these programs you can live in any rental unit (house, duplex, apartment, etc.) that will accept section 8. However, it is really hard to find places that accept section 8 AND have wheelchair access. Before you decide to go on either of these programs, you need to spend some time calling places you might want to live and asking if they accept the certificate or voucher and whether they have the access you need. This will give you a good idea of what your options will be once you do get your certificate/voucher. Be aware that many apartment complexes only have one or two accessible apartments and usually they are filled with ablebodied residents, so even if they say they have accessible units you may be waiting years for the current able-bodied residents to move out! Some section 8 buildings are entirely for wheelchair access and they have rules that they have to rent to a disabled person who needs the access. You can obtain a list of accessible section 8 buildings by calling the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (651-6468342). Once you get the list, call every building you think you might want to live in and get on their waiting list. Waiting lists vary greatly with section 8 buildings. Don’t be put off by long waiting lists. Some places may tell you their waiting list is 5 years but then call you in 3 months offering an apartment. The truth is they don’t know when people will move out until 30 days before it happens and they usually don’t know if the people on the waiting list before you are still interested in an apartment. With a section 8 building, your subsidy comes from and stays with the building once you move out.

tomer, whereas in a section 8 building there is often a feeling that the management doesn’t listen to or respect their residents because the government is paying the majority of the rent and they have waiting lists of people to fill subsidized vacated apartments if you decide to have a complaint! Competition is a big factor. Market rate apartment buildings are in competition with each other and work to keep the building, grounds and individual apartments updated, clean and as home-like as possible. Often (but not always) this luxury is not as evident in subsidized buildings, even though many subsidized buildings are charging the government much higher rent than they’d ever be able to get if they were in competition with area market rate buildings! Nevertheless, I haven’t found a market rate apartment anywhere near as accessible as the subsidized buildings built for wheelchair access. The lack of being able to open doors, use the mail box and push high-up elevator buttons is a drawback that leaves me exhausted more days than not. It is for this reason only that I recommend you look into section 8 buildings rather than a certificate program.

Lastly, if you don’t like your financial worker for any reason, you have the right to request a new worker. It’s really important that you have a worker you can talk to so you can learn about the different programs that can help support your independence. I know it may be embarrassing or difficult to request a new worker, but you have every right to a new worker if the one you have been assigned is not helpful. Standing up for yourself in the sysIn my experience, I have felt tem is good to learn early in more physically free in an en- life! tirely barrier free section 8 apartment building. However, — Nicole I feel more respected by the building management in a marQuestion? Complaint? ket rate apartment. The differComment? Write to ence is that in a market rate Nicole: % Access Press, apartment they are trying to 1821 University Ave. W, serve their residents as any #185 N; St. Paul, MN business would treat a cus55104

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RADIO SHOW Disabled & Proud, It’s Not An Oxymoron March 16: Special Pledge Week Program March 23: Lolly Lijewski hosts with guest Deborah Leuchovius, Passing Disability Culture on to Youth. March 30: Ryan Cote, People with Disabilities and Employment Law cases. April 6: Faye Fisher-Ward and Veneta Shepherd-Lykken, Through Our Eyes, a documentary about families with children with special needs. KFAI  Every Tues.  7:30 p.m.  106.7 FM — St. Paul  90.3 FM — Mpls

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Disability Culture

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History Center, highlighting The collaborative of organizathe talents of people with dis- tions which has pulled this abilities. project together has included: The Metropolitan Center For Now we are planning in ear- Independent Living, Courage nest for the disability culture Center, the Office of Disability conference to be held at St. Services and the Disabled StuPaul’s Sheraton Inn Midway dent Cultural Center at the Union April 30 and May 1, 1999. versity of Minnesota, and VSA “Disability Culture: Inside Minnesota. Outside And Beyond,” will feature keynote speaker Dr. We are looking forward to an Carol Gill, with a video presen- exciting conference to culmitation and question and an- nate this year of cultural expeswer session with Dr. Paul riences. Whether you have a Longmore. The conference clear understanding of disabilframework will consist of sev- ity culture or are new to the eral large group sessions fol- concept, we hope you’ll parlowed by small group discus- ticipate. The cost to particisions focusing on topics such pants is $30 and some scholaras: why disability culture and ships will be available. Keep how does one develop a dis- watching ACCESS PRESS and ability identity; how have we your mail for more information as people with disabilities been or call MCIL at (651) 603-2039 defined by our past history voice or (651) 603-2001 TTY for and how can we break free of more information.  those definitions to redefine ourselves and the policies Lolly Lijewski is the Advocacy which impact our lives; and Services Coordinator at the finally, what can each of us do Metropolitan Center for IndeFrom July of 1998 to February for ourselves and as a commu- pendent Living. of 1999, we have held four cul- nity to carve out our own unique tural events at the Minnesota pathway to the future. ast April, I began this column with an article relating my own experience of how I developed a disability identity and came to an understanding and appreciation of disability culture. Then we shared articles by Dr. Carol Gill on the concept of the elements of disability culture (e.g. the medical model and the interactive model); Dr. Paul Longmore’s historical perspective; Rachel Parker’s learnings from her involvement in other minority communities and their civil rights movements; Linda Wolford’s insights on intersecting identities; a look at the caste system within the disability community; an examination of interdependence and its place in our culture; Deborah Leuchovius’ column articulating her views on youth and disability culture; and last month’s article by Marj Schneider with an exploration of disability humor.


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St. Paul Housing Plan

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he St. Paul City Council is ished. For example, replacpreparing to submit its fiing a 4-bedroom unit with a nal Housing Plan to the Metro1-bedroom unit would not politan Council in April. The be considered a suitable reDraft plan has been criticized placement. Rents in the newly by Mark Wilde by proponents of affordable constructed units will be housing as not being specific comparable to the rents in he Hennepin County Demonstration Project for People with Disabilities (DPPD) planning enough and not going far the units that were demolgroup is looking for Medical Assistance (MA) consumers and their representatives to help enough to provide housing ished. create a better health care delivery management system. that is affordable to low in- 3. The city must not demolish housing units until compaAlthough the Minnesota project is only in the early planning stages, one focus so far has been come residents. For a copy of the Housing Plan, call St. Paul’s rable units have been conon how to give more control to consumers and their families in the coordination of services. Citizen Services Office: (612) structed and are ready for 266-8989. occupancy. Evictions that Under the DPPD legislation, there is a requirement for a “Service Coordinator.” This person may are done to empty a building be the consumer with a disability, a family member or representative, an advocate, or county case A coalition of communityin preparation for demolition manager. The legislation outlines 12 required duties for a Service Coordinator. based organizations has drawn must not occur until replaceup a list of seven amendments ment units are ready for oc4 of the key requirements are: that they want to see included cupancy. •Arrange for an initial assessment in the City’s plan. The coali- 4. The city must place a mora•Develop and update the personal support plan tion consists of ACORN, Comtorium on demolition of •Coordinate the provision of supports and services munity Stabilization Project, structurally sound rental •Provide informed choice Jewish Community Action, housing until the city’s rental Rondo Community Land Trust, vacancy rate exceeds 5%. The main thrust of the DPPD legislation is to guarantee the consumer has the freedom to make St. Paul Area Coalition for the 5. The city will lobby PHA/ better and more informed service choices, improving quality and saving money in the long run. Homeless and the St. Paul TenHUD to accept Section 8 ants Union. Other organizavouchers to be used for mortgage payments to encourCurrent MA rules do not require service coordination for all consumers. Some current consumers tions are being invited to reage home ownership for lowget case management services from Hennepin County, but DPPD service coordination benefits view, endorse and promote these recommendations as well. income city residents. would go beyond what is currently required. The suggested recommen- 6. The city will lobby PHA to create a position of ombudsThe DPPD Planning Group is interested in looking at ways to make care coordination work better. dations follow: 1. The city needs 400 new units person/advocate at PHA, Do you want a service coordinator? Do you think you could do this, or know someone close of housing per year over the connected with community to you who would? We are interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas. next decade. 25% (100 units) organizations, who can work will be affordable for housewith PHA clients to fully (612) 348-2200 • TDD (612) 596-6758 holds earning minimum explain their rights, responwage, an annual income of sibilities and housing opThis column is a paid insertion by the $11,000. 50% (200 units) tions. Hennepin County Demonstration Project for People with Disabilities. will be affordable to house- 7. The city must adamantly inholds earning 30% of the sist that the Metropolitan Regional Median Income Council enforce all agree(RMI), an annual income of ments to provide low-in$18,000. come housing in the munici2. The city needs replacement palities that utilized public of all housing units lost after funds for infrastructure exJanuary, 1998. One-to-one pansion since 1973. replacement requires that units produced will have the The above suggested amendsame number of bedrooms ments were presented at a pubas the units that were demol- lic meeting at Metro State Uni-

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versity on Monday evening March 8. All seven St. Paul City Council members were invited to the public meeting and have been asked to propose the seven changes as resolutions amending the Housing Plan. As we go to press, it is not known if any City Council members have proposed that these changes be included. The final date the City Council has to approve/amend the Housing Plan and submit it to the Metropolitan Council is Wednesday, March 24, 1999. If you are interested in supporting these amendments, or giving additional input to the Plan, you may want to contact City Council members (651) 266-8560. Or, for more information or to get involved, contact one of the organizations in the Affordable Housing Campaign. The Affordable Housing Campaign is a coalition of faith-based and communitybased organizations dedicated to ending the affordable housing shortage. Coalition members include: the St. Paul Tenants Union, ACORN, Catholic Charities, Community Stabilization Project, Jewish Community Action, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Rondo Community Land Trust, St. Paul Area Coalition for the Homeless, St. Paul Area Council of Churches and St. Paul Ecumenical Alliance of Churches (SPEAC).  Information for this article was provided by the St. Paul Tenants Union, 651-224-9512.

Accessible Arts Performances *3/21, Sun., 2:00, A Midsum- 4/2, Fri., 8:00, Lysistrata, Guthrie Audio Described (AD) 3/12, Fri., 8:00, Julius Caesar, mer Night’s Dream, Child’s Lab, Minneapolis Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Play Theatre, Hopkins *4/10, Sat., 8:00, Taking Sides, *3/13, Sat., 8:00, The Miracle *3/26, Fri., 7:30, Whale, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul Worker, Pk Sq Theatre, St. Paul Children’s Theatre Co., Mpls *4/11, Sun., 2:00, How the Other *3/18, Thur., 7:30, Macbeth, *3/27, Sat., 8:00, Hmong! The ½ Loves, Theater in Rnd, Mpls Jungle Theater, Minneapolis CIA’s Secret Army, Great Am. Am. Sign History Theatre, St. Paul Language (ASL) 3/20, Sat., 1:00, Julius Caesar, 3/12, Fri., 8:00, Julius Caesar, 3/27, Sat., 2:00, Peter Pan, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Guthrie Theater, Mpls Ordway Theater, St. Paul

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Complete Mobility Systems

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Disability Parking Update

Arts Grants Available

by Margot Imdieke Cross

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epresentative Opatz and resources it would take to Senator Pappas are introprocess this information, ducing a disability parking and we may need to settle “clean up” bill that will work to on a compromise. eliminate some of the loopholes, disparities and general 3) The bill clarifies that if a confusion in the current statperson with a disability is ute. The bill addresses the dropped off and the vehicle following issues: is then parked in disability parking or at a meter, it must 1) The bill would eliminate the be for the sole benefit of the $12 deduction on disability person with the disability license plates. Although and must be within a reasome individuals may obsonable distance of the ject, there is a clear cost drop off point. disparity between plates & certificates and in many 4) The bill will require that orstates this disparity has lead ganizations that receive to class action lawsuits commercial certificates against the state. We need document that they have to avoid this potential legal controls and procedures in situation and create a more place to prevent abuse of balanced approach. the certificates. This requirement should reduce 2) The bill requires that indithe certificate abuse by viduals with permanent distransportation providers. ability parking certificates must get a medical state- 5) The bill will require the apment from a physician or proval of the Minnesota chiropractor at their six year State Council on Disability renewals. We are hoping if an individual requests this requirement will rid the more than three replacement system of people who no certificates in a six year pelonger need the certificate. riod. This requirement The Department of Public should help to reduce the Safety opposes this provinumber of certificates in sion though because of the circulation that are being

MADISON - Cont. from p. 2 policy without playing the numbers game (providing data to demonstrate that changes in work incentives will be cost effective.) She stressed that having a job is part of having economic justice in this country, stating: “Charity is no substitute for justice.”

Living wrapped up the meeting with a presentation on coalition building. She used the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities as one example of how to build a successful coalition. She emphasized that there are a variety of other ways to organize grassroots efforts and that each Lolly Lijewski of the Metro- state needs to use whatever politan Center for Independent works best for them.

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V used by non-disabled people. 6) The bill clarifies that traffic control agents can enforce the disability parking law. This provision should reduce confusion and strength-en overall enforcement of disability parking. 7) The bill penalizes individuals with disabilities who allow someone who is not eligible to use the certificate or plate to do so.

SA Minnesota (formerly Very Special Arts Minnesota) announces its sixth year of funding the Emerging Artists with Disabilities grant program. This program is intended to help individuals with disabilities who are just beginning to develop skills, talents and efforts in a particular art form. Selected applicants can use their grant proceeds to: Take a class to improve their artistic and/or technical skills in an arts discipline;

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This includes people with disabilities on SSI, SSDI and/or MA who want to work or increase their employment. Family members and friends are also welcome. Session II (others): People who may refer individuals to the Center for specific assistance (advocates, providers, rehab counselors, county financial workers and case managers, SSA representatives, and other interested parties).

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Shakopee, Tuesday, March 30, Session I (consumers): 1:30 2:15 p.m., Session II (others) 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Stillwater, Monday, April 19, Session I (consumers): 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Session II (others): 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. West St. Paul, Friday, March 26, Session I (consumers): 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Session II (others): 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Additional sessions will be scheduled for April and May in Albert Lea, Anoka County, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, East Grand Forks, Hibbing, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud, Brooklyn Park, Thursday, April Willmar, Winona, and Worth8, Session I (consumers): 10:30 ington. Watch the April issue - 11:15 a.m., Session II (others): of Access Press for specific 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. locations, dates and times! WHERE & WHEN Bloomington, Monday, March 29, Session I (consumers): 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Session II (others): 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

WHO Session I (consumers): People who could potentially use the services of the Work Mpls (downtown), WednesIncentives Assistance Center. day, March 24,Session I (consumers): 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. , Session II (others): 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

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The postmark deadline for the receipt of grant applications is May 7, 1999. Application materials can be requested from the VSA Minnesota office by phone, fax or e-mail. Please specify whether you need application materials in a format other than standard print (audio tape and PC diskette are the alternative formats offered). If requesting by phone, Deaf callers should use the MN Relay Service outside of normal business hours (M-F, 8-5) when the TTY is not actively staffed. Phone: (612) 332-3888 (V/TTY) or toll-free, 1-800801-3883(V/TTY), E-mail: mn@vsarts.org, fax: (612) 3050132.

by Anita Boucher

he Minnesota Department Margot Imdieke Cross is on of Economic Security, Restaff at the Minnesota State habilitation Services, invites Council on Disability. you to learn about Minnesota’s Work Incentives Project, funded by the Social Security Administration. This is a chance to help shape the development of services to be Given the success of the Madi- offered by a statewide Work son meeting, it was decided to Incentives Assistance Center hold additional meetings in the that is expected to open in the future, rotating throughout the Fall of 1999. The Center is midwestern states. As men- designed to help people with tioned above, this grassroots disabilities sort out and make effort is also expected to serve sense of the work incentives as a model for similar events in available to them through the other parts of the country.  Social Security and Medical Assistance programs. The Center’s primary goal is to make Please patronize work incentives information your Access Press easier to get, easier to understand, and easier to apply to Advertisers — and your individual situation.

tell them where you heard about them. They bring you your paper.

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MN Work Incentives Project Information Sessions

Rehabilitative Services

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Prospective grantees should not be “established” artists but rather, “fledgling” or “newly rising” artists. In other words, if you have been selected in a juried art show or have had a piece published or performed professionally you would probably not be considered “fledgling.” Previous winners in this program are not eligible to reapply, however, you may be eligible for the VSA Minnesota Artist Recognition grant program.

Attend a workshop on business or marketing skills to make 8) The bill allows municipali- their efforts more profitable; ties to create permit programs for long term parkers. Purchase materials to allow This provision will allow mu- them to continue their efforts If you have questions about nicipalities some control in the arts. the grant program(s), criteria without denying access to individuals with a disabili- Grant amounts are determined and/or application materials, ties.

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by the selected applicant’s age. Selected applicants between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive a $75 award; those who are 18 and above will receive a $150 award.

In addition to future sessions in Greater Minnesota, there will be additional sessions in the Twin Cities area.

WHAT TO DO IF Mpls (northside), date and YOU’RE INTERESTED times to be announced Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Sessions are North St. Paul, Wednesday, free of charge and all sites are April 14, Session I (consum- wheelchair accessible. Reers): 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Session freshments will be provided. II (others): 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. For an interpreter, materials in St. Paul (Midway area), alternative format or other reaTuesday, March 23, Session sonable accommodations, I (consumers): 10:30 - 11:15 please provide two weeks’ a.m., Session II (others): 1:00 - advance notification. To make 1:45 p.m. a reservation or to be notified of future sessions, contact: St. Paul (downtown), Thurs- Anita Boucher, Assistant day, March 25, Session I (con- Project Director (651) 282sumers): 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. , Ses- 6609.  sion II (others): 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

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DEFENSE - Cont. from p. 1 iveness techniques in rehab. or other programs.” Debbie, a participant in the class for Deaf women, concurs. She believes strongly in the need for Deaf people to have a good foundation of self awareness and self defense. “I think more hearing people than Deaf people know this,” she says. “I wish I knew this stuff before—it’s like we’re behind in awareness, we have to catch up.” A teacher who does her best work thinking on her feet, Brandl enjoys the challenge of working with people with a wide range of abilities and skills. “There are different types of learners,” she says. “Kinesthetic, auditory, some people learn more by examples or by analysis, and then there are the emotional barriers.” She sees her job as helping people identify and capitalize on their strengths. This is obvious in the workshop I attend. The women’s ages range from 20’s to 50’s and one participant is well into a pregnancy. Teaching the class is complicated by the fact that the ASL interpreter never arrrives. But Brandl has intermediate ASL skills, and is able, with the help of a couple of participants and the repeated use of physical demonstrations, to provide enough examples for each of the women to practice. Brandl’s respectful approach to teaching people with disabilities comes partly from personal experience. Her early life included a prolonged skin disease in infancy, a number of surgeries in childhood, and the development of scoliosis in adolescence. “The year I was 15, I wore a Milwaukee brace,” says Brandl. “I developed a real aversion to pity.” While her classes often include methods of physical resistance, Brandl is quick to point out that self defense is not primarily about “fighting back.” She defines self defense as “any available means of safely avoiding or escaping a potentially dangerous encounter.” Using this definition as a starting point, it becomes apparent that the most desirable outcome is to avoid any physical encounter at all. This means being able to de-escalate or escape a situation before it develops to the point where physical resistance is necessary. Brandl believes we all have strengths to rely on in dangerous situations, but that we have learned to believe otherwise. She says many people feel helpless in the face of a potential assault, and believe the assailant has the upper hand. She adds, “They

think doing anything will increase their likelihood of getting hurt, but that is not always the case.” For example, when people look back on a dangerous encounter, they are sometimes able to remember a movement or expression that made them uncomfortable, but they ignored or downplayed it. Giving these feelings of discomfort credence, in other words “trusting your gut reaction,” is a mainstay of Brandl’s approach to self-defense. If you recognize the earliest signs of danger, you have many more options for escape. And the more options you have, the more likely one of them will be successful. This is something Schneider carries with her from the classes she took so many years ago. She says, “What I learned was how to measure a situation on the street and to trust my feelings about what was going on around me.” According to Brandl, we should train ourselves to rely on our instincts and to act to protect ourselves. Speaking of potential attackers, she asks, “Why give them the benefit of your doubt; why not give yourself that benefit.” At this early stage, as at all stages, one’s life experience can be of great benefit. For example, many Deaf people are much more adept than the average hearing person at picking up on body language and subtle non-verbal cues. This is essential to successfully “reading” a situation and determining a good course of action. If you are used to relying on this skill, you may be more likely to trust it and use it in an attack situation. Research shows that once you have an inkling that something might be wrong or could develop into a dangerous situation, the sooner you choose a course of action the better. So another basic tenet of Brandl’s courses is to “act early.” People with disabilities have valuable experiences to draw on at this stage as well. Negotiating with medical specialists and navigating through the public assistance bureaucracy, many people learn assertive communication skills. You may have years of experience thinking ahead and planning how to handle a difficult encounter with a financial worker, for example. Or you may know from experience that asserting your needs at the beginning of a medical exam is more productive than realizing later that you didn’t get a chance to ask all your questions. Thinking ahead and acting on your own behalf are important self defense skills. If you have been practicing them in other areas of your life, you may be much more able to use them in

a dangerous situation. And, you may be more willing to “make a scene” if necessary, rather than ignore behavior that makes you uncomfortable. Says Schneider, “Since it’s been so many years since I’ve taken a self defense class, I don’t think I’d count on being able to respond physically to an attacker, but I do believe I’d make as much noise as I could.” Bev Hull, a participant in the class for Deaf women, shared a recent experience that illustrates this, too. She had gone grocery shopping late one night. As she was taking her groceries out to her car, she saw a man coming at her with a cart. “I didn’t know what was on his mind,” she said. And she didn’t wait to find out. “I made a strong face (she demonstrates a scowl) and put my hand out in front of me to tell him to get away from me.” Hull said she was glad she was in the class, so she was thinking about what she could do. “What if he hit me with the cart?” she said. To her relief, the man immediately backed away. Brandl reminds people that one of the biggest advantages an assailant has over a potential victim is that he has thought about the attack in advance and has a plan for how it will go. Frequently though, she says, the plan is not that well thought out and there is no backup

plan. Knowing that can some- pinned on the ground, she said, times turn the advantage to the “I was surprised I could throw her off—she was heavy and I potential victim. could still do it.” Depending “Let’s say an attacker’s plan is on the situation, assistive deto approach you at a bus stop, vices like canes may be useful strike up a conversation, and self defense tools. And the when you start getting com- power behind a 200 pound fortable, move in until he is electric wheelchair could knock close enough to grab you,” someone off balance, allowing suggests Brandl. “If, at the ini- enough time to get people’s tial approach, you immediately attention or get to safety. put physical distance between the two of you, the attacker Keep in mind that every situamay decide the plan isn’t go- tion is different and no one skill ing to work and move on.” The or technique is a guarantee of scenario the assailant had de- safety. But having a disability veloped was interrupted, and doesn’t mean you don’t have he was not willing to take addi- any options; what’s important tional risks to play it out. So, by is to think ahead about situa“trusting your gut reaction” tions in which you could be and “acting early” you have vulnerable and plan for what acted in self-defense. You have options you have, given your successfully avoided a poten- skills and experience. tially dangerous situation and physical resistance was not even involved. While a primary goal of good self-defense is to avoid a confrontation, even if a situation escalates to that point, choices still exist. According to Brandl, “In my workshops I stress that we don’t need to have every possible option, but we do need to be aware of the options we have.” A woman who asked to remain anonymous shared these thoughts: “I learned there are many things you can do.” Recalling a “floor defense” exercise that teaches movements for escaping from being

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If this article has piqued your interest in learning more about self defense, you may want to check out Scenarios in Self Defense, a workbook and video series developed by Brandl and colleague Anita Bendickson (herself a third degree black belt and instructor). The series is available in public libraries throughout the metro area and for purchase through BPS Communications. Brandl has worked with agencies all across Minnesota serving people with a wide range of physical, developmental and emotional disabilities; and is available to help design and provide a variety of workshop formats. She and BPS Communications can be reached at (612) 7294621 (voice) or (612) 729-4692 (TTY). A website is currently under development as well. 

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t is once again the time of year all sports fans wait for. Along with a little snow, Minnesotans will see an overwhelming amount of sporting events during March.

Floor Hockey Tournament. In recent years the floor hockey tournament has been run and governed by the MN State High School League (MSHSL). Top teams from around the state will compete for the title. The Metro Association for Adapted athletics consists of Adapted Athletics (MAAA) will hold its 18th annual State Sports - cont. on p. 12

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The City of Minnetonka has a full-time employment opportunity available for a Special Projects Specialist in the Administration Department.

Duties: Provides support to the City Clerk with official records & elections; the City’s history program, including the Burwell historic home tour program; risk management, including claims and policy changes; Cont. from p. 6 special events; and other mis*3/13, Sat., 8:00, The Miracle *3/26, Fri., 7:30, Fielder’s cellaneous duties. Worker, Pk Sq Theatre, St. Paul Choice & The Mice Have Been Drinking Again, Lex-Ham Com- Minimum requirements: Train*3/14, Sun., 2:00, A Midsum- munity Theatre, St. Paul ing, post secondary education mer Night’s Dream, Child’s and/or experience in one or Play Theatre, Hopkins *3/28, Sun., Flying Foot Fomore of following areas: rerum, Southern Theater, Mpls cruiting and training volun*3/20, Sat., 8:00, Hmong! The CIA’s Secret Army, Great Am. 4/10, Sat., 8:00, Taking Sides, teers; basic understanding of History Theatre, St. Paul Park Square Theatre, St. Paul municipal official records including data practices, records 3/25, Thur., 7:30, Julius Caesar, * Asterisked items are eligible retention, and imaging; ability Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis for reduced admission prices to create displays and exhibthru the Access to Theatre its; public speaking; historic *3/26, Fri., 7:30, Whale, project. Call theater or VSA house museums; computer Children’s Theatre Co., Mpls MN (612-332-3888) for details experience with word processing (preferably WordPerfect) CONSUMER LITIGATION ATTORNEY and databases (preferably Access); excellent grammar Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis seeks exper. litigator to and spelling skills; excellent specialize primarily in consumer law including using consumer communication skills; public protection statutes in housing arena. Position has been used service orientation a must. for exciting complex lit, both alone & co-counseling with major private firms, & for important legis advocacy efforts. LAS is not Typical work week is Monday subject to LSC restrictions. Start: 5/99, late apps accepted until - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. filled. Letter, resume, refs: Susan Carroll, 2507 Fremont Ave although some flexibility is N, Mpls MN 55411. Sal, DOE & LAS sal scale; exc. bens desirable. Salary $28,802 including employer-paid family hlth ins. EOE $32,002, with excellent fringe benefits. MANAGED CARE MANAGER Contact the Minnetonka Neighborhood Health Care Network is looking for a profes- JobLine at (612) 939-8212 for sional with 5 years of experience in managed care contracting an application packet. Appli(2 at a senior level) to join our management team. Duties cation deadline is March 12, include contracting, monitoring of utilization data, develop- 1999. ment of a business plan and working with member community clinics to increase efficiency, services and resources. CITY OF MINNETONKA Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently, 14600 MINNETONKA a must. Excellent salary and benefits. Please submit a letter BOULEVARD of interest, including salary requirements, and a resume by MINNETONKA, MN 55345 April 9th to Neighborhood Health Care Network, 2550 AN AFFIRMATIVE University Ave., Suite 416 S, St. Paul, MN 55114, ACTION EMPLOYER attention Kathy Wilken. No phone calls please. EOE/AA

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ATTORNEY The BUSINESS LAW department of the 123-attorney Minneapolis law firm of Gray, P l a n t , Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P. A., the oldest continuing law practice in Minneapolis, has an immediate opening for an associate attorney. Applicants should have three to six years of experience in sophisticatd transactional documentation including business organizations, financings, acquisitions and divestitures, and various other contractual relationships and in general business and commercial consultation. This position will include the representation of privately-held and publiclyheld companies. In addition, excellent academic law school credentials, strong written and oral presentation skills and demonstrated motivation and personl initiative are required. We provide a team-oriented working environment and competitive compensation and benefits. If interested, fax or send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to: Linda M. Spotts Recruiting Manager GRAY, PLANT, MOOTY, MOOTY, & BENNETT, P. A. 3400 City Center 33 South Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55402-3796 fax: (612) 333-0066 or by e-mail: Linda.Spotts @gpmlaw.com All applications held in confidence. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Starting $37,313/Top $49,256 (Trooper Trainee II) Annually Starting $38,795/Top $49,256 (Incumbent Officer/Trooper Trainee III) Annually The Minnesota State Patrol provides for the safe and efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roads and highways. They also protect and serve all people in the state through enforcement, assistance, and education. The State Patrol is currently accepting applications for the position of Trooper and will be conducting two separate academies. Trooper Trainee II is the regular annually announced exam & training process leading to appointment as a State Trooper. Trooper Trainee III is a new, “accelerated” application and training process leading to appointment as a State Trooper for applicants with law enforcement experience. Applicants for Trooper Trainee III must have a minimum of one year full-time experience to qualify. Applicants interested in the Trooper Trainee II position must possess a valid Minnesota State Peace Officer’s License or be eligible to be licensed in Minnesota by December 27, 1999. Interested individuals should contact any State Job Office or State Patrol District Office for an application and brochure, which explains fully the application procedures and requirements. Additionally, applications can be obtained from the Department of Employee Relations at (651) 296-2616 or by calling 1800-TRP-JOBS in Minnesota. Application deadline is April 9, 1999. MINNESOTA STATE PATROL PRIDE-TRADITION-EXCELLENCE BE PART OF THE TEAM! EQUALOPPORTUNITYEMPLOYER

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Required: A bachelor’s degree in a field of study which, when combined with relevant work experience, projects a well-rounded knowledge of youth development and education (examples including education, youth development leadership, and sociology); acceptance into a graduate program or academic achievement at a level qualifying the applicant for admission to graduate study; effective communication, teamwork, and collaboration skills; the ability to express enthusiasm and use innovation in relating to youth and adults and the ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently.

KTCA-TV, one of PBS’s leading Public Television stations, is seeking a part-time Paralegal. Working in the Legal & Business Affairs department, this position will be involved in drafting and negotiating various contracts, agreements, etc. as well as general legal administrative support tasks. This position offers a competitive salary. Minimum requirements include a paralegal academic degree and computer proficiency. Submit letter, resume, and salary requirements by 03/15/99 to: Box 306-9; KTCA; 172 E. 4th St.; St. Paul, MN 55101. EEO/AAP.

Preferred: Course work in developmental characteristics of youth, leadership development, diversity programming, volunteerism, needs assessment and experiential learning; experience in working and/or volunteering in education or with youth and family serving agencies; skills in teaching methods, education program needs assessment, organization, development, design, delivery, and evaluation, networking, work with the media, work with economically and/ or culturally diverse audiences, computer use, volunteer management, applied research, leadership and basic grant writing skills.

The Tourette Syndrome (TS) Association, MN Chapter, a nonprofit organization, is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Executive Director. We are a growing and active organization devoted to helping Minnesotans with TS to achieve their fullest potential through education, support and public awareness programs.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Qualifications: Personal commitment to helping those with special needs. Ability to work independently and prioritize work. Demonstrates initiative and assertiveness. Background in health or social services, human relations, and/or development. Bachelor’s degree preferred and experience Deadline for materials: 4/2/99. in working with a non-profit and/or service organization. To obtain complete position announcement & application Duties: Develop and coordimaterials, call U of MN Human nate the programs of the assoResources at 612/624-3717, ciation. Involves developor download from Web page: ment, grant-writing, and netwww.extension.umn.edu/ex- working with public and pritension/jobs.html The U of vate agencies. MN is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Flexible work schedule. Salary negotiable within established range. Call 651-738-6842 for application procedures. Deadline is April 1. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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Work with an elite group of programmers in our Advanced Applications Group, supporting the work of over 250 lawyers at Faegre & Benson, a law fim known for its excellence and quality of client service. We are seeking a progammer with two years’ experience in Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and/or integrating and customizing Microsoft Office applications. Required: Visual Basic/Access Basic/Word Basic experience as noted above; 4-year college degree (major in Computer Science or showing of equivalent experience); strong knowledge of Windows programming concepts; aggressive, innovative, and adaptable problem-solving skills; ability to write clearly and concisely; service orientation; ability to work directly with clients; ability to learn quickly with and without formal training; flexible work style; interest in the application of computers to law. Not required, but favorable: experience with Windows NT, Visual InterDev, C/C++, Lotus Notes, FoxPro, Informix/4GL, Microsoft SQL Server, UNIX, object-oriented programming and design, client-server programming, HTML, Java. We offer a professional work environment with competitive salary and benefit plans. Please send your resume and salary history to Human Resources for more information.

Excellent opportunity to apply your talents in a fast-paced, professional work environment where top quality work and a strong client service orientation are valued. One of the largest and most highly respected law firms in the Twin Cities is seeking applicants for an Intranet Specialist. Interested applicants must have a 2+ year associate degree or related experience; 2+ years in advanced word processing applications and/or Intranet or Internet Web site work experience; knowledge of Office 97Windows 95 a plus; experience with web authoring tools such as Microsoft FrontPage; graphics tools such as Paintshop Pro or Adobe Photoshop preferred but not required. This person will work closely with the Intranet Coordinator in maintaining and training others on the Firm’s Folic Views Infobase and Intranet. Self-motivation and strong written and verbal communication skills required. For consideration, please send your resume and salary history to Human Resources: FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 2200 Norwest Center 90 South Seventh Street Minneapolis, MN 55402 Internet: PRengel@faegre.com Fax: (612) 336-3846 Equal Opportunity Employer

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UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT Moorhead State University seeks candidates for Assistant Director of University Advancement. This position is responsible for overall activities and programs related to alumni in the MinneapolisSt. Paul metropolitan area. Position will create and strengthen relationships between MSU and its alumni through events, services, communication and volunteer involvement; and will support admissions recruitment activities. Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; public relations or related experience; knowledge of alumni relations, event management, fund raising, and coordination of volunteers; strong communication and writing skills; ability to work independently. Preferred qualifications: knowledge of admissions process and desktop publishing; familiarity with the Twin Cities area. Position is located in the Twin Cities. Applicants must submit: letter of interest, resume, three current letters of reference, standard application form, and college transcript. Minimum salary $26,314. Screening of applicants begins April 5, 1999. Apply to: Betty Gunderson, University Advancement, Box 336 Moorhead State Univctsity, Moorhead, MN 56563. Phone (218) 236-2556. Moorhead State University is an EO/AA employer and educator.

FAEGRE & BENSON LLP 2200 Norwest Center 90 South Seventh Street DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, TRAINING Minneapolis, MN 55402 AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS Internet: PRengel@faegre.com Twin Cities Public Television (KTCA/2 & KTCI/17) seeks an Fax: (612) 336-3846 experienced and energized individual to lead the station in creating new initiatives and partnerships with the educational Equal Opportunity Employer community, especially under-served communities, and the community-at-large. This position will oversee a new growth area for the station - To be the area’s media leader in developing DEPUTY DIRECTOR partnerships with and providing services to educational instiMid-MN Legal Assistance tutions within our service area. In addition, the individual will seeks dep. dir. for its Willmar be part of the senior management team helping shape how we office. Supervise day-to-day increase the value and impact of all of the station’s content St. Paul based glass and glazing contractor is seeking motivated operations of office which rep- resources to serve the community. individuals to fill skilled and unskilled union positions. Equal resents diverse pop. including opportunity employer. Please submit application/resume to: low-income persons, seniors, The successful applicant will possess: family farmers and disabled • a bachelor’s degree with graduate study in education or other Human Resources persons, including fast-growrelated field. 1811 Greenview Place SW, Suite 101 ing Hispanic community, in full • at least 5-7 years of experience in the field of education. Rochester, MN 55902 range of civil legal probs. Lim• demonstrated education and experience with the needs of ited specialization encouraged. underserved learners. Repres. includes service work, • experience in project management. complex lit., legis. advocacy & • demonstrated leadership abilities. comm. ed. Real concern for • proven grant-writing and fundraising skills. needs/rights low-income. 4 yrs. • successful strategic planning leg. serv, or sim. exper. req. Start Sal: $38,574 - $49,646, Salary negotiable DOE. Send resume and cover letter by Recruiter ------------------------------------- 651-266-6476 DOE, fully-pd. fam. hlth. ins., 04/30/99 to: Box 307-9, KTCA-TV, 172 East 4th St., St. 24-hour Jobline ------------------------------ 651-266-6502 liberal vac. Start: As close to 6/ Paul, MN 55101. TDD/TTY ------------------------------------ 651-266-6501 l/99 as poss. Resumes: JerEEO/AAP Personnel Fax -------------------------------- 651-292-7656 emy Lane, MMLA, 430 1st Ave N, #300, Mpls, MN 554011780. EOE

PARALEGAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Gray Plant Mooty, located in downtown Minneapolis, is a full-service law firm representing clients nationally and internationally. We are currently seeking an employee benefits paralegal with twoplus years of experience, including experience in preparation of qualified plans, summary plan descriptions, and cafeteria plans. Knowledge of ERISA and IRS Code required. Must be client-oriented, demonstrate excellent organization skills and be attentive to detail. Writing and editing experience extremely helpful. Paralegal certificate desired. MSW, Excel and database experience helpful. Send resume with cover letter to: Human Resources, Gray Plant Mooty, 3400 City Center; 33 S. 6th St., Mpls, MN 55402 or fax to: 612-333-0066. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer STATE OF MINNESOTA EXAM FOR ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS The State of Minnesota has recently opened up its exam for entry-level customer service and office support positions. This is the first time in over 10 years that the exam has been open to the general public. There are numerous job opportunities available including typing/word processing, filing, recordkeeping, form completion/coding, mail sorting and distribution, central stores/ supplies, data entry and providing information to the public. The job titles being tested for include office specialist, office and administrative specialist, customer service specialist and central services administrative specialist. The pay range is $1012 to $1386 per hour. The exam is currently being offered on a continuous basis. For more information and application instructions contact the Minnesota Department of Employee Relations at (651) 296-2616 (Voice) or (651) 2822699 (TTY), or visit the Department of Employee Relations website at: www.doer.state.mn. us or send an E-mail to: jobinfo@state.mn.us The State of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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There are approximately 10,000 people buried in nine institution cemeteries, most in graves unmarked or marked only with a number. Remembering With Dignity was successful in securing an appropriation from the Minnesota Legislature to begin the process of properly marking the graves of people who lived and died in Minnesota’s state institutions. However, a resolution calling

for the state to apologize for its past inhumane treatment of people in state hospitals has not been acted upon. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers and a reception will follow. In the event that attendance is over capacity a second screening will begin at 8 p.m. For more info, call Advocating Change Together at (651) 641-0297. 

Federal Work Incentives Legislation Moving Ahead L ast November, we reported that the federal work incentives legislation did not make it through the last Congress. This landmark legislation, which addresses the complex issues related to employment and the Social Security Disability programs, is garnering broad bipartisan support this session.

President Clinton has included the Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 as part of his FY 2000 budget and bills have been drafted in both Houses of Congress. S. 331 has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeffords, Kennedy, Moynihan and Roth. As we go to print, the bill has 53 cosponsors in the Senate, including

Minnesota Senators Grams and Wellstone. U. S. Representatives Johnson and Lazio are planning to introduce a “mark up” (similar) bill in the House of Representatives and Minnesota Congressman Jim Ramstad has announced his plans to co-sponsor the House version of this bill. 

SPORTS - Cont. from p. 10 two divisions; PDHI (Physical Disability or Handicapped Impairment) and MH (Mentally Handicapped) divisions. Each division will crown a state champion. Eight teams from each division will compete, March 12-13, at Stillwater High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Brainerd returns a strong nucleus of players and will look to repeat as State champions in the PDHI division. Osseo was last year’s MH division champion. **** The Chicago Wheelchair Wolves are hosting a wheelchair hockey tournament on March 13-14, in Downer’s Grove, Illinois (20 miles south-

west of Chicago). Last year, manual wheelchair division has this tournament was for manual five teams participating. wheelchair hockey players. **** The Wheelchair Wolves and The Minnesota Division of the the Minnesota based, U. S. U.S. Electric Wheelchair Electric Wheelchair Hockey Hockey Association will beAssociation will work together gin its third regular season in to form a division strictly for Minnesota. The season will be electric (power) wheelchair played Saturday afternoons, hockey players (EWHA). The May through August. The U.S. EWHA will work with the Clash will look to repeat their Chicago organizers to develop championship season. Conthe electric (power) wheelchair tact the U.S. EWHA for more division, in regards to rules information. **** and finding more teams to parSend your sports related stoticipate. ries to: Craig McClellan and As this issue of Access Press Luke Pedersen. Phone: 612-362went to print, there are two 8406, Mail: 215 Broadway St, teams from IL and one from NE, #103, Mpls, 55413, or Email: MN participating in the elec- cm17@skypoint.com tric wheelchair division. The

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March 1999 Issue