Yesterday (8/29) ADAPT MINNESOTA went to the State Fair to question Governor Dayton about not funding OVERTIME for Homecare. Gov. Dayton wa...
Monday, October 3, 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.
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Use your Power!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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...
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...
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.