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 [...]

The ACA: A Matter of Health and So Much More

The U.S. House and Senate have each passed a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In response, Peter Berns (photo), The Arc of the U.S. Executive Director, shared his thoughts in a post [...]

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 [...]

Thoughts From The Arc About The 2016 Election

The 2016 election brought changes in Washington, D.C. that were dramatic and unexpected.  Republicans maintained control over  both the U.S. House and Senate and won the White House.  In Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to the U.S. House, there was no change [...]

The Latest on Making ABLE Accounts Available

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the federal law approved by Congress and President Obama in December 2014, still awaits action by individual states before individuals and families can set up their own ABLE accounts.  These accounts would [...]

From Across Minnesota, You Made an Impact

Our Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th, was a big success, thanks to the contributions of many.  Throughout the day, I was constantly reminded of the different and crucial roles that so many of you played. We [...]

A Missed Opportunity

In his supplemental budget the Governor missed an opportunity to expand employment for persons with disabilities.  Minnesota Department of Human Services had asked Governor Dayton to add three waiver amendments in his budget to create: Employment Exploration Services (EES) – [...]