Recognizing Great Advocates on May 25th

On Thursday, May 25th, The Arc Minnesota has a great opportunity to recognize the work of the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) at our annual Public Policy Recognition Event.  I sometimes wonder what Minnesota would be like if it was [...]

The Arc U.S. Responds to House Passage of AHCA

The Arc Responds to House Passage of The American Health Care Act: “Shows callous and dangerous disregard for the well-being of people with disabilities” Posted on May 4, 2017 by The Arc Washington, DC – The Arc of the U.S. [...]

MN House and Senate Leaders Announce Targets

On Friday, April 28th, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Senator Paul Gazelka and Speaker of the Minnesota House Kurt Daudt announced their budget targets for conference committees.  Their health and human services (HHS) conference committee’s target was $500 million.  The Governor [...]

Your Stories and Calls Resonate on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 22nd, I and 14 other Minnesotans attending the Disability Policy Seminar made the rounds to the D.C. offices of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House members and two U.S. Senators.  Going from one congressional office to the next, I [...]

“Medicaid Will Be Decimated” by U.S. House Bill

The Arc of the U.S. released the following statement on the legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pays for it by decimating Medicaid, a program critical to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: “This [...]

Stories That Need to be Heard on February 28th

I often have the privilege as The Arc Minnesota’s Communications Director to be present when individuals with disabilities and families share personal stories about the struggles they face.  These stories lend urgency to my work preparing for Disability Matters Day [...]

Moving Stories Show Need for Parental Fee Relief

Parents shared compelling testimony on the impact of parental fees last Saturday, January 28th at the town hall meeting held by the Coalition to Lower Minnesota MA/TEFRA Parental Fees at the Minnesota Dept. of Education Conference Center.  Fourteen parents testified [...]

Join Us Jan. 28; Hear Our Parental Fee Stories

This Saturday, January 28th, I and a number of other parents will share our stories about the unaffordable parental fees our families pay.   I hope you’ll join us that afternoon from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of [...]

What’s Your Story?

In the spring of 2015, Lori Richardson shared her family story with us.  Her son Ryan had been seeking a job and had been frustrated in his search.  Lori sent us their story, which was very compelling.  It highlighted the [...]

ACA’s Benefits Could Be Taken Away; Act NOW!

Saturday, January 7th, Senator Al Franken hosted a meeting with nonprofit organizations to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   I attended the meeting, along with Gene Martinez, The Arc Greater Twin Cities; Susie Schatz, Lutheran Social Service [...]