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ADAPT MN Questions the Governor About His Legacy About Supporting Ppl w Disabilities and Seniors

Yesterday (8/29) ADAPT MINNESOTA went to the State Fair to question Governor Dayton about not funding OVERTIME for Homecare.  Gov. Dayton wa...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Save Our Skyways Action TODAY


July 27, 2017

 #saveourskyways #adaptandresist

For more Information and Media contacts:

Tyler Frank………………(612) 791-0416

Darrell Paulsen……………(651)387-8354

Rick Cardenas…………..(651) 357-8927

ADAPT Minnesota is a chapter of the national ADAPT. ADAPT is a grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in non-violent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

WHEN: July 27th 2017 Tonight at 7:30 Start picketing and leafleting; at 8pm we will make a statement asking the City of St. Paul to ensure us that the Skyways will stay open until 2am, as per city code. Our statement will also ask the Barrio and the Bulldog to join with us in wanting to keep the Skyways open.

WHO: ADAPT MN; People with Disabilities, Seniors and Residents of the Downtown St. Paul Community

WHAT: Members of ADAPT MN and allies will be picketing and leafleting.

WHERE: In front of the Barrio-235 Sixth St E- St. Paul and the Bulldog

WHY: A section of the skyway is being shut down, which gives access to all of downtown and to the Barrio.

This is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA !!!

We need to let the owner of the building and the City of St Paul know we will NOT tolerate this!

We need full access to the Skyways!



Monday, October 3, 2016

REV UP 2016!!!

Dear Disability Rights Advocates:

In July 2015 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

We can take great pride in the historic advances we have made in the community integration of people with disabilities of all ages since the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. No matter what the issue— education, housing, transportation, personal assistance services, employment, recreation, adaptive technology, durable medical equipment, or health care, we can see the advances that have improved our lives and moved us closer to true equality.

This has come about by working together and implementing a strategy that has included legislative, legal, direct action, and educational tactics. These tactics are part of our overall goal to bring about the community integration promised in the ADA.

We cannot rest on our past victories. We must build on the past and move forward using the power we have acquired. This power can be exerted if we Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count! Policymakers are influenced by large numbers of people turning out to vote in the primaries and the general elections. This reality is why we started the REV UP Campaign.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The focus of the REV UP Campaign is to get more people with disabilities and our supporters registered and voting!

This Toolkit is designed to help you begin organizing in your state. Effective REV UP Campaigns will convene state and local disability organizations, such as centers for independent living (CIL) and protection and advocacy (P&A) organizations, to amplify this message and reach more people with disabilities.

If you need assistance getting connected to CILs or P&As in your state please contact AAPD at communications@aapd.com. We’ll be happy to make an introduction.


Register! Educate! Vote!

Use your Power!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ADAPT MN Questions the Governor About His Legacy About Supporting Ppl w Disabilities and Seniors

Yesterday (8/29) ADAPT MINNESOTA went to the State Fair to question Governor Dayton about not funding OVERTIME for Homecare. 

Gov. Dayton was at the MN State Fair Monday on his usual round of interviews, when ADAPT MN found the Governor at the WCCO Radio booth. We listened to him discuss the political game of tag, which is the Southwest Light Rail, when ADAPT MN Member Jay Spika had to ask a question he thought was more relevant to him and his family...
He said...
Governor Dayton, do you care about people with disabilities?

The WCCO Radio Host said that if we gave him a chance he would let us ask the Governor a question.

We waited for him to finish and then he brought over the microphone for another ADAPT MN Member Nikki Villavicencio to ask the Governor what thousands of people with disabilities, seniors, and Homecare workers have been wondering...
She said...
Gov. Dayton you haven't funded OVERTIME for Homecare workers, so we're (ppl w disabilities) not getting our needs met. When Obama fixed this racist overtime laws, it meant we were supposed to be fully staffed. How does not supporting people with disabilities and seniors fulfilling your legacy?

Then the Governor responded on Live WCCO Radio by saying that he would make Overtime a priority next legislative session and we said that we would be there to hold him accountable to that promise.

After we left the booth Lt. Governor Tina Smith approached us to ask us about what we were doing and we explained to Lt. Gov. Smith that we have been trying to get a meeting with them for three months and we need the Governor to hear about the care crisis from people with disabilities and Homecare workers now.

Friday, April 12, 2013

ADAPT MN Asks for an Oral Amendment

Community First Services and Supports

ADAPT Minnesota Oral Amendment

Background: Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) is designed to replace the current Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program that is available as a State Plan service through Medical Assistance. The language creating this program is included in Section 43 (beginning at line 63.20 as introduced) of the Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill (SF 1034). The language was developed by the Department of Human Services in accordance with the Federal Community First Choice Option regulations (1915k) that are a part of the Affordable Care Act. The language was developed with some input from stakeholders who attended the Community First Services and Supports Development and Implementation Council meetings held by the Department of Human Services.

ADAPT Minnesota member, Galen Smith, was selected to be on the Development and Implementation Council and attended all meetings including many workgroup meetings over the last several months. ADAPT Minnesota supports the creation of CFSS as a more person-centered, self-directed option than what is currently available through the PCA program.
ADAPT Minnesota has one major problem with the language as it has been introduced. Subd. 16 (4) says that “Support workers shall not be a participant of CFSS.” This means that a person who receives services through CFSS for any reason is prohibited from being employed as a support worker for another person receiving services through the same program. This can be solved by offering a simple oral amendment.
Amendment: Strike Section 43, Subd. 16 (4).
This amendment is necessary because:
• Employment discrimination.
o People are denied employment for no other reason than their participation in a public program. This puts the State at risk of legal action on these grounds.

• It is unnecessary.
o Subd. 16 (3) already says that “Support workers shall have the skills and ability to provide the services and supports according to the person’s CFSS service delivery plan and respond appropriately to the participant’s needs.” If a person who receives CFSS services does not have the skills and ability to provide services this language already excludes them.
• CFSS is different from PCA.
o CFSS is available to: “assist with acquiring, maintaining, and enhancing the skills necessary to accomplish ADLs, IADLs, and health-related procedures and tasks”. People with disabilities are uniquely suited to assist other people with disabilities in acquiring new skills.
For more information contact: Galen Smith – 651-285-5364 – galen.d.smith@gmail.com or
Nikki Villavicencio – 651-455-3013 – nikkilee1984@gmail.com