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                                                                                     Call For                                     “We should never get too
                          Inside                                                                                                  tired or too sophisticated
                                                                                      Actors                                      to march.”
       ADA Celebration — p. 3
                                                                                     — Page 6                                          — Martin Luther King, Sr

Volume 11, Number 7                                                       SOURCES                            RESOURCES                                                                 July 10, 2000

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 25
 Years; Americans With Disabilities (ADA), 10 Years
                              T                                                                            his month, we are cel-
                                                                                                           ebrating two historic leg-
                                                                                                      islative actions concerning
                                                                                                                                         My social life has expanded
                                                                                                                                         because I can attend more
                                                                                                                                         activities with my friends who
                                                                                                                                                                              hot, humid summer evening
                                                                                                                                                                              and I decided to go with two
                                                                                                                                                                              of my friends, to a Mexican
                                                                                                      people with disabilities. IDEA     use wheelchairs. Their greater       Restaurant on Lake Street. We
                                                                                                      changed the way people with        access has also enriched my          walked over, had a delightful
                                                                                                      disabilities were treated in the   enjoyment. I can communi-            dinner and cut the evening
                                                                                                      school system. This Act made       cate with deaf friends or col-       short, because as usual the
                                                                                                      it possible for children to have   leagues through the relay            restrooms weren’t even a little
                                                                                                      equal access to education.         service. And so my life has          accessible and it felt like my
                                                                                                      The ADA has had a dramatic         opened to another culture and        bladder was about to burst.
                                                                                                      effect on American society. It     to new experiences. I can lis-       On the way home I decided I
                                                                                                      has changed the way people         ten to the newspaper over the        couldn’t wait and the three of
                                                                                                      view disability and it has im-     phone and use a talking com-         us strolled over to an area that
                                                                                                      proved the lives of people         puter to gain access to infor-       had several very large bushes.
                                                                                                      with disabilities.                 mation and greater produc-           I pulled up between two of the
                                                                                                                                         tivity at my job. I can’t wait for   bushes with two friends
                                                                                                      For this article, we asked         the next ten years.                  standing guard. Suddenly the
                                                                                                      people in the community to                                              friend closest to me started to
                                                                                                      provide us with their personal     Rachel Parker is an advo-            scream. She grabbed my
                                                                                                      stories of how ADA and IDEA        cate and works at PACER              wheelchair and started push-
                                                                                                      have impacted their lives.         Center.                              ing me away from the bushes.
                                                                                                                                                                              Mind you, I’m still zipping
                                                                                                      A Sense of Being Ordinary                Improved Access                up my jeans, and I have no

New Lupus Web Site                                                                                           By Rachel Parker
                                                                                                      How would you feel if you got
                                                                                                      onto an elevator and none of
                                                                                                                                              Makes Life Easier
                                                                                                                                          By Margot Imdieke-Cross
                                                                                                                                         Think back - say maybe 10, 15,
                                                                                                                                                                              idea what’s going on. As my
                                                                                                                                                                              friends are running, scream-
                                                                                                                                                                              ing and pushing me away from
                                                                                                      the buttons were labeled?          20 years. For those of us who        the bushes, I gather through
by Julie Swenson                                                                                      That sense of astonished dis-      do remember, life in a wheel-        incoherent sentences that
                                                                                                      belief is what I feel now when     chair was damn hard. I have          there was an older rather di-
Y     ou wouldn’t know it look-
      ing at her, but Cary
Zwolski is fighting Lupus
                                   many places, The West
                                   Indies, South Africa and New
                                   Zealand. They are up when
                                                                     as we distribute the most cur-
                                                                     rent research and information
                                                                     to patients and their families
                                                                                                      I get into the occassional el-
                                                                                                      evator that has no braille num-
                                                                                                                                         countless memories of no
                                                                                                                                         curb cuts, entrances with
                                                                                                                                                                              sheveled man watching me
                                                                                                                                                                              from under the bush closest
                                                                                                      bering. Ten years ago, I would     steps, barriers everywhere           to me.
every day of her life. Some        I’m up in the middle of the       while saving postage, print-     have been surprised to find        and, of course, no accessible
days are good and some are         night. It’s great to work from    ing and staff costs.”            elevators which did have such      public restrooms anywhere!           In my opinion, the biggest
bad and there’s no way to          home.” She goes on to say                                          markings. I would have to          Oh, you think I exaggerate! I        impact the Americans with
know what kind of day tomor-       that the site brings in ques-     For its work to develop the      visit each floor on a personal     do not! I seriously mean there       Disabilities Act has had on
row will be. It’s an unpredict-    tions from all over the world     Web site, as well as their do-   quest or wait for someone to       were no accessible public            my personal life is access. By
able and hidden disease            because “we have one of the       nation of staff to provide an    come and assist me. It’s the       restrooms, not in small town         requiring curb cuts, access to
which makes it especially chal-    best Lupus Web sites out there    in-depth technology analy-       wonderful sense of being or-       America where I grew up nor          entrances, access to busi-
lenging for patients like her      right now.”                       sis, CSC’s Minnesota Office      dinary that ADA access is          in South Minneapolis where I         nesses, and opened doors (in
and their families to deal with.                                     was awarded the Corpora-         bringing to me now.                spent my summers.                    particular restroom doors), the
On a sunny afternoon a couple      At, an av-        tion of the Year Award by the                                                                            ADA has made my life a whole
weeks ago, Zwolski was the         erage of 300 users a day get      Lupus Foundation. Computer       Another way that the ADA           Even marginally accessible           lot easier. I haven’t had to
picture of energy and enthu-       accurate, up-to-the-minute        Sciences Corporation helps       has changed my life is in in-      restroom stalls, the old 3           look for a big bush in a long
siasm as we talked over lunch      information on the fight          clients in industry and gov-     creasing access to the arts. I     footers, weren’t required by         time!
and lemonade. It was shock-        against their disease. With       ernment use information tech-    have helped develop pro-           building code until the early
ing to hear her talk about the     the help of Computer Sciences     nology to achieve strategic      grams for audio description        70’s and then only in new            Margot Imdieke-Cross is an
fact that she had any disease,     Corporation’s (CSC), The Lu-      and operational objectives.      in local theaters and guided       construction or structural           activist and works at the State
let alone one so debilitating.     pus Foundation of Minnesota                                        tactile tours in area museums.     renovations. So those of us          Council on Disability.
                                   is reaching out to Lupus pa-      The Foundation also ap-          When my vision loss began          who lived in the pre-ADA
One of the kickers with Lupus      tients and their families all     pointed Randy Spiess, CSC        to develop into legal blind-       days know that many of our               ADA Ten Years Later
is the insomnia that has be-       over the world.                   Senior Partner and Manager       ness, I stopped going to the-      activities were cut short, can-              By Lee Perish
come a regular part of                                               of CSC’s Midwest Public Sec-     aters, art galleries, and muse-    celled, or never planned be-         There has actually been
Zwolski’s life. When she’s         Not only is the Web site help-    tor and Service Industries       ums. This had been such an         cause the thought of not be-         progress made in the past ten
up at 3 a.m. she can be pro-       ing patients but it makes a big   Practice, to the Lupus Foun-     important part of my life that     ing able to use a restroom was       years in the areas of physical
ductive and go to work with-       difference in the day-to-day      dation’s board of directors.     I felt as if part of me were       unacceptable.                        and sensory/communication
out leaving home. Zwolski          life of a small non-profit like   Spiess says, “Creating a Web     missing. Now my problem is                                              accessibility. Ten years ago,
answers questions that come        the Lupus Foundation. Ac-         site for the Lupus Founda-       to decide which audio-de-          One incident of long ago that        when I wanted to go toa leg-
in from the Lupus Founda-          cording to Judi Deming,           tion was a wonderful way for     scribed performances I can         stands out in my memory              islative session and testify
tion of Minnesota Web site.        Foundation President, “The        us to live our corporate val-    afford to attend. What a won-      turned a very simple act into a      about any laws that I thought
“I’ve calmed newly diag-           Web site is an essential part     ues. Everyone on the team        derful dilemma!                    frightful experience . It was a      ADA/IDEA- cont. on p. 7
nosed Lupus patients from          of our communications plan        Lupus - cont. on p. 3
 2             July 10, 2000

                                                                                                                                                traffic, cross the street, and      had been pushing for better looked upon as people who
                                                                                                 T    his issue of the paper is
                                                                                                      focusing on the 10th anni-
                                                                                                 versary of the Americans with
                                                                                                                                                then wheel a half a block one
                                                                                                                                                way or another to get back
                                                                                                                                                                                    access, and you started see- need to be taken care of. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing some fruit from their labor. ADA forced people and com-
                                                                                                 Disabilities Act (ADA). The                    onto the sidewalk. Bathrooms                                         panies to recognize people
                                                                                                 ADA has had a dramatic effect                  in public buildings were rarely     In 1990 the ADA was passed with disabilities as people, not
                                                                                                 on the lives of people with                    accessible and there were no        and signed into law by Presi- as disabilities.
                                                                                                 disabilities; it has made our                  accessible bathrooms in any         dent Bush. It seems to me in
                                                                                                 lives a lot easier in many simple              of the public parks that I re-      the short 10 years since the We still have a long way to go
                                                                                                 and not-so-simple ways.                        member. It was common to            passage of the ADA we have and I hope the younger gen-
                                                                                                                                                find a 2- or 3-inch step thresh-    seen dramatic changes. Curb eration of people with disabili-
      Charlie                                                                                    In my case, I have been a wheel-               old into many stores, for no        cuts are everywhere, many ties doesn’t take things for
                                                                                                                                                                                    places have power door-open- granted.
                                                                                                 chair user for nearly 33 years.                apparent reason. Another big
      Smith                                                                                      In that time I have watched
                                                                                                 and experienced the improve-
                                                                                                                                                issue was people’s attitudes,
                                                                                                                                                towards me and other people
                                                                                                                                                                                    ers, and accessible bathrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                    can be found in most places. I              ****
            Editor                                                                               ment in access for people with
                                                                                                 disabilities. During the ‘70’s it
                                                                                                                                                with disabilities; it didn’t seem
                                                                                                                                                to matter what age you were,
                                                                                                                                                                                    know many of these changes
                                                                                                                                                                                    were due to laws that were On July 26th there will be a
                                                                                                 was not uncommon for me to                     you were treated as a child.        passed in Minnesota prior to celebration of the ADA and
                                                                                                 be wheeling around downtown                                                        the ADA. A sea of change has IDEA (see page 7). This is
                                                                                                 Minneapolis or St. Paul and, if                In the ‘80’s, there were some       happened since the passage going to be a great cultural
                                                                                                 I happened to see another                      improvements. A few curb            of the ADA. People with dis- event. There is going to be
                                                                                                 person with a disability, I knew               cuts started to pop up, in new      abilities are being employed in food, music, art and a great
                                                                                                 who they were by name. There                   buildings the bathrooms             record numbers, and people’s national speaker, Ted Ken-
                                                                                                 were no official curb cuts; if                 might be manageable, and you        attitudes towards people with nedy Jr. Bring the whole fam-
                                                                                                 you wanted to get across the                   started to see more people with     disabilities are changing. It’s ily. Spend the day celebrating
                                                                                                 street you needed to go find a                 disabilities out and about. By      a slow process, but it is hap- and embracing disability cul-
                                                                                                 driveway, wait for a break in                  now the disability community        pening. We are no longer ture.

OK To “Pass”                                                                                                                                    One Final Act Of Dignity
by The PASS Cadre at the St. Paul Social Security Office                                                                                        by ACT

W       ebster defines a “pass”
        as a “license or per-
mit;” or, “the transfer of a (foot-
                                                                   who have a goal of being em-
                                                PASS has been a part of the
                                                Social Security Act since 1974.
                                                                   ployed, a PASS can entitle or
                                                PASS is one of SSA’s rules
                                                                   raise that disabled individual’s
                                                                                                                                                0   n June 15th, citizens of
                                                                                                                                                    Willmar honored three of
                                                                                                                                                its citizens buried anony-
                                                                                                                                                                                    training schools became “in- sure this kind of “treatment”
                                                                                                                                                                                    mates” of large institutions. does not happen again, mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bers of Remembering with Dig-
ball) from one player to an-                                       Supplemental Security Income
                                                called “work incentives” that                                                                   mously at the regional treat-       Small “classrooms” were re- nity also are seeking a formal
other,” or, “to go by or go                                        (SSI) payment. For someone
                                                can make going to work easier                                                                   ment center by placing proper       placed by crowded “wards,” apology from the State.
past,” and so on. However, if                                      receiving only SSI but work-
                                                for Social Security beneficia-                                                                  grave markers, with full names      some with as many as one
you have a disability, a                                           ing, or with more than $2,000 in
                                                ries or Supplemental Security                                                                   and dates of birth and death        hundred residents to one staff As we have discovered, many
“PASS,” or Plan for Achiev-                     Income recipients. resources, a PASS can help                                                   on their burial sites.              person.                           elected officials do not like to
ing Self-Support can also                                          the SSI recipient keep more                                                                                                                        admit to past wrongs, and it is
mean a “plan for your future.”        For someone receiving Social SSI.                                                                         As part of a project called “Re-    Some people have argued that unlikely an apology will come
                                      Security disability benefits                                                                              membering with Dignity,” ac-        we should not attempt to soon.
                                                                   What is needed for a PASS is                                                 tivists with developmental and      judge past treatment of people
                                                                   a commitment to reduce de-                                                   other disabilities in Minnesota     with disabilities by present-day But legislators have awarded
                                                                   pendence on Social Security                                                  are seeking to acknowledge          standards.                        more than $200,000 to help pay
                                   MINNESOTA STATE                 benefit payments through                                                     the “lives of our fellow citizens                                     for proper grave markers, ad-
                                       COUNCIL                     working. If you don’t know                                                   who were abandoned in insti-        This thinking says, in effect, mitting in some sense that
                                                                   the kind of job to pursue, PASS                                              tutions and buried with only a      that it was reasonable to ster- people who lived in our insti-
                                    ON DISABILITY                  can even help with the cost of                                               number.”                            ilize more than 2,000 Minneso- tutions were wronged and
                                                                   a vocational evaluation.                                                                                         tans with disabilities against should be remembered with
             Celebrate ADA and IDEA!                                                                                                            As Minnesota’s regional treat-      their will; that it was appropri- this one final act of dignity.
                                                                                                 Therefore, if you have a dis-                  ment centers close their doors,     ate to use aversive drug thera-
   On Wednesday, July 26, 2000 join in a outstanding event                                       ability, or receive Social Secu-               this simple act of dignity serves   pies, physical restraints, elec- Over the long and misguided
   that celebrates the 10th anniversary of ADA and the 25th of                                   rity disability (SSD) or Supple-               as a poignant reminder of a         tric shock treatments, even history of institutionalizing
   IDEA. The day will include vendors, arts, crafts, food, and                                   mental Security Income (SSI)                   difficult time in our history.      frontal lobotomies, to control people with disabilities, it has
   fun for the whole family. The celebration will feature                                        and you wish to try working,                                                       behaviors.                        only been during the past 25
   keynote speaker, Ted Kennedy, Jr.                                                             please give us a call. The St                  When our state began build-                                           years that we have witnessed
                                                                                                 Paul PASS Cadre is at 651-290-                 ing institutions for people with    This view of history suggests people speaking up for them-
                     Ann Sullivan School                                                         0304 or toll-free from anywhere                significant learning disabilities   that the abuse suffered by selves, voicing their individual
                    3100- 28 th Street East                                                      in MI and WI, 1-800-551-9796.                  more than 130 years ago, our        people with disabilities was concerns about how they have
                                                                                                 We also give PASS seminars                     intentions were to provide          simply the result of social been treated, and going fur-
                    Minneapolis MN 55406                                                         and presentations to groups                    needed training and education       forces of the time, with profes- ther to organize and speak on
                        July 26, 2000                                                            and organizations at no cost.                  not available in the commu-         sionals responding in the best behalf of all people with dis-
                    10:00 AM to 7:00 PM                                                          Let us know if you have an                     nity.                               ways they knew how. But we abilities.
                                                                                                 audience with an interest in                                                       knew this was wrong at the
              121 E. 7 th Place • St. Paul, MN 55101                                             PASS.                            Although the early training                       time, and we continued any- As more of us, with and with-
                       651-296-6785 V/TTY                                                                                        schools were successful in                         way.                              out disabilities, become in-
            1-800-945-8913 V/TTY; Fax: 651-296-5935                                              Remember, on the road to join- meeting this need, increasing                                                         volved in this project we have
             E-mail:                                              ing the workforce, it is always demand for services quickly                        Arguing, as many have, that a greater chance of ensuring
                                                                                                 ‘O.K. to PASS’.                 led to larger facilities, and the                  “the past is past” only serves that history will not repeat it-
                                                                                                                                 commitment to education was                        to remove us from any respon- self.
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      Celebrate Disability                                                                                    IN BRIEF . . . .
                                                                                                           Free Concert In The Park
    Rights: ADA/IDEA 2000                                                                                  C ome and celebrate an
                                                                                                           evening of fun and music on
                                                                                                                                                Begins at 7 p.m. at the Minne-
                                                                                                                                                haha Park Pavilion. This event
                                                                                                                                                                              p.m. in the office at 6950
                                                                                                                                                                              France Avenue So, Ste. 18.

    Anniversary Celebration                                                                                Monday, August 14. Every-
                                                                                                           one is welcome. Bring a picnic,
                                                                                                           bag lunch, or just come and
                                                                                                                                                is sponsored by the Minne-
                                                                                                                                                sota Bio-Brain Association.
                                                                                                                                                Call for more information 952/
                                                                                                                                                                              Support groups for individu-
                                                                                                                                                                              als meet the 1st and 4th Monday
                                                                                                                                                                              of each month at the same
                                                                                                           enjoy the festivities. NO            922-6916, or just show up.    address. NEW: Teen Support
                                                                        Gillette Children’s Specialty
C     ome, join us on Wednes-
      day, July 26, 2000, when
individuals with disabilities,
                                     ing and service dog demon-
                                     strations, the PACER Puppets,
                                     wheelchair basketball scrim-
                                                                        Healthcare, Metro ARC/ARC
                                                                        Minnesota, Metropolitan Cen-
                                                                                                           CHARGE! Featuring profes-
                                                                                                           sional singers and entertain-
                                                                                                                                                                              Group 2nd and 4th Tuesday of
                                                                                                                                                MBBA also sponsors sup- every month at 7 p.m. Call the
                                                                                                           ers Cathy and Tom Platenberg.        port groups; Weekly support office for location 952/
our friends, families and sup-       mages, an obstacle course for      ter for Independent Living,
                                                                                                           plus flute, guitar, balloons, face   groups for family members are 922-6916.
porters will gather to com-          wheelchair users, information      Minneapolis Advisory Com-
                                                                                                           painting, clowns, and more!          held on Monday nights at 7
memorate the 10th anniversary        booths by local vendors and        mittee on People with Disabili-
of the Americans with Disabili-      non-profit organizations, prod-    ties, Minnesota State Council
ties Act (ADA), and the 25th         uct demonstrations and other       on Disability, National MS         Research On Accessible Picnic Facilities
anniversary of the Individuals       festivities. Refreshments and      Society-Minnesota Chapter,         Graduate student at Univer- for individuals with disabili- grill. Ms. Scholl or a park em-
with Disabilities Education Act      other goodies will be available    Pacer Center, Statewide Inde-    sity of Minnesota, Kathy               ties. However, little is known   ployee will meet you for your
(IDEA), two of the most impor-       for sale.                          pendent Living Council, St.      Scholl, is seeking the opinions        about how useful accessible      opinion about the design of
tant pieces of disability legis-                                        Paul Advisory Committee on       of individuals who use wheel-          picnic facilities are for this   that site. Survey takes 15-20
lation in our nation’s history.      Ted Kennedy, Jr. will give the     People with Disabilities, United chairs or scooters on the de-          specific community.              minutes. You can schedule a
                                     keynote address for the event.     Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota,     sign and usefulness of an ac-                                           convenient time during the
The ADA/IDEA 2000 Celebra-           Mr. Kennedy is a motivational      VSA Arts of Minnesota, and       cessible picnic site in the metro      Contact Ms. Scholl (612-625- summer months up until Labor
tion will be an exciting, festive,   speaker who was involved with      Wilderness Inquiry.              area. Public parks have made           9321) to arrange one brief meet- Day weekend.
and educational statewide            disability issues on a personal                                     efforts to provide at least some       ing at a local park that has an
event. The Celebration will be       level when the ADA was             A limited number of transpor- picnic sites that are accessible          accessible picnic table and a
held at the Sullivan School/         passed by Congress and             tation stipends will be avail-
                                                                        able to provide the necessary
Communication Center located
in south Minneapolis. The site
                                     signed into law by former Presi-
                                     dent Bush on July 26, 1990. He     assistance so that all who want    DASC Seeks Volunteers
affords ample indoor/outdoor         remains a powerful disability-     to attend can join us!           Hennepin County Domestic               ment Center. The Center seeks    are four hours once a week.
space that reaches the height        rights advocate.                                                    Abuse Service (DASC) is a              volunteers and interns for the   Volunteers are reimbursed for
of functional access. The day-                                          For disability accommodation service designed to provide                following position: Domestic     parking expenses. The next
long event will be from 10:00        It promises to be a fun and        information contact Roberta victims/survivors of domestic               Abuse/Family Court Advo-         training will be Aug. 22 and 23
a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will        inspiring day for all!             Juarez at Disability Services, abuse a whole range of gov-              cate.
feature performances by art-                                            University of Minnesota at 612- ernment and nonprofit ser-                                              Please call Deb Leavitt at 612-
ists with disabilities from          Financial Sponsors include:        624-1801 (v), TTY users please vices in one location in                 The Center hours are 8:00 a.m. 348-6454 for more informa-
around the state, including          Carlson Companies, North-          call through the MN Relay Hennepin County Govern-                       to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers’ shifts tion.
Stephanie Dawn, Joseph Baird,        west Airlines & US West.           Service. For other information,
Ted Brown, the Tourette Trav-                                           please contact Margot Imdieke
eling Troupe, and many more.         Cosponsors on the ADA/IDEA         Cross at the Minnesota State       State-Operated Services — New Board
Kids of all ages will be able to     2000 Celebration Committee         Council on Disability at 1-800-
                                                                                                         Human Services Commis-                 gional treatment centers and and community-based pro-
join artist Dwayne Szot in cre-      include to date: Access Press,     945-8913 (v/tty) 651-296-6785
                                                                                                         sioner Michael O’Keefe has             provides direct services to  grams, including regional
ating a colossal floor painting      ADA Minnesota, Advocating          (v/tty) or Lolly Lijewski at the
                                                                                                         named 13 Minnesotans to the            people with mental illness,  treatment centers and three
using pogo sticks and wheel-         Change Together, Courage           Metropolitan Center for Inde-
                                                                                                         new State-Operated Services            developmental disabilities,  treatment programs for people
chair printers. There will be        Center, Deluxe Corporation,        pendent Living at 651-603-2022
                                                                                                         Governing Board. The board             chemical dependency and      with disabilities. State-Oper-
numerous Minnesota speak-            Disability Services at the Uni-    (v), 651-602-2001 (TTY).
                                                                                                         will advise the Department of          traumatic brain injury.      ated Services also serves
ers and educators and celebri-       versity of Minnesota, Disabled                                      Human Services on strategic                                         people with disabilities at com-
ties, a technology center, hear-     Students Cultural Center,                                           directions for the part of the         State-Operated Services con- munity sites in partnership
                                                                                                         department that includes re-           sists of an array of campus- with health care providers.

LUPUS - Cont. from p. 1
enjoyed the process of devel-   assist individuals with lupus
                                                                                                                      METROPOLITAN CENTER
                                                                        conditions. In the “Ask The
oping the site and learned a lotwho have needs not covered              Psychologist” area, you can                   for INDEPENDENT LIVING
about the fight against Lupus   by insurance plans or other             E-mail your question to Dr.
as they did it.”                sources of assistance. This             Wutchiett and he will answer             MCIL offers services for people with disabilities, their families
                                program is intended to offer            confidentially.                        and friends, service providers, and interested community members
The Lupus Foundation of hope and encouragement to                                                                                   in the 7-county metro area.
Minnesota serves all individu- others by providing limited fi-
als with Lupus, their families, nancial assistance.                          Calendar of events                  Information and Referral (Information hotline: 651-603-2039) Advocacy
their friends, the medical com-                                                                                        Independent Living Skills Training Individual Peer Support
munity and the public, through      Ask the Psychologist                Register online for events like                                    Deaf I.L. Services
educational programs, support                                           Loaves for Lupus, The Ameri-                        Personal Assistance Services (M.A. Subsidized)
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 4         July 10, 2000

Religion And Disability
                                                                                                                Consumers Speak At
The Best Is Yet To Come                                                                                         DPPD Partners Forum
by John Schatzlein

A      s we prepare to celebrate
      the many strides that
have been made in the last ten
                                    “This is very important,” the
                                    woman continued.
                                    “I want to be buried with a fork
                                                                       thing better was coming.

                                                                       At the funeral, people were
                                                                                                         I  n a state-sponsored Dem-
                                                                                                            onstration Project for People
                                                                                                         with Disabilities (DPPD) “Part-
                                                                                                                                            Seven members comprised
                                                                                                                                            the “Stakeholders Insights” 2. Guidelines, requirements
                                                                                                                                            panel, in which members dis-    and timelines from the State
years with the passage of           in my right hand.”                 walking by the woman’s cas-       ners Forum” held Wednesday,        cussed their experiences plan-  (DHS) needed to be consis-
ADA, an article from the pub-       The priest stood looking at the    ket and they saw the pretty       June 14 th in St. Paul, the        ning for the DPPD and their     tent. Consumers worked
lication “Inroads,” a monthly       woman, not knowing quite           dress she was wearing and         Hennepin County planning           thoughts about managed care     closely with their county
publication that highlights         what to say.                       they saw her favorite Bible       team had the opportunity to        for people with disabilities.   staff to develop plans ap-
strides that parishes are mak-       “Does this surprise you?” the     and they saw the fork placed in   learn from consumers, provid-      Among the panelists were        propriate to the needs of
ing in becoming more inclu-         woman asked.                       her right hand. Over and over,    ers, advocates and other           consumers and advocates         consumers in their county
sive, came to mind. This article    The bewildered priest an-          the pastor heard them ques-       county and Department of           representing the DPPD county    and in compliance with State
is a reflection on resurrection.    swered, “Well, to be honest,       tion, “What’s with the fork?”     Human Services (DHS) staff         implementation sites of         requirements.
Whether you are a believer in       I’m puzzled by this request.”                                        about lessons learned in plan-     Olmstead, Freeborn, Sibley,
resurrection or not, this article                                      During his homily the priest      ning the DPPD. The Robert          and Blue Earth counties, and 3. Programs must allow flex-
also is a positive look to the      The woman went on to ex-           told the congregation of the      Wood Johnson Foundation            the DHS Stakeholders group.     ibility to foster indepen-
future. People say, “The best       plain: “In all my years of at-     conversation he had had with      (RWJ) funded the forum and                                         dence for themselves, and
is yet to come.” So it is also      tending socials and pot luck       the woman shortly before her      RWJ staff provided opening         Highlighted below are issues    as parents of children with
with the ADA.                       dinners, I always remember that    death. He also told them about    remarks.                           voiced by consumers and ad-     disabilities.
                                    when the dishes from the main      the fork and what it symbol-                                         vocates that the Hennepin
There was a woman who had           course were being cleared,                                      DHS staff estimated 10-15 con-
                                                                       ized to her. He went on to tell                                      County CareS planning team      Debbi Harris, parent,
been diagnosed with a termi-        someone would inevitably lean      the people how he could not  sumers were among the 115               found particularly useful:      stressed the importance of
nal illness and had been given      over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’    stop thinking about the fork.attendees at the full day fo-                                           fostering independence,
three months to live. So as she     It was my favorite part be-        As he ended his sermon he    rum. In one of the presenta-            1. The benefits of a strong     speaking of the value of
was getting her ‘things in or-      cause I knew that something        said, “Always remember, the  tions at the forum, “Stakehold-            shared vision and a com-     having public support for
der,’ she contacted her pastor      better was coming ... like vel-    best is yet to come,”        ers Insights,” consumers and               mon goal, held by all in-    programs where “families
and had him come to the house       vety cake or deep dish apple                                    advocates were asked to de-                volved in the planning pro-  can mentor each other and
to discuss her final wishes.        pie, something wonderful and       So, when you pick up your scribe their involvement in the               cess, from consumers at the  share their experiences, pro-
She told him which songs she        with substance! So I just want     fork, remember that, because project.                                   county level to county and   viding a guide for each other
wanted sung at her funeral,         people to see me there in that     of ADA, “The best is yet to                                             state staff.                 when navigating through
what Scripture readings she         casket with a fork in my           come!”                                                                                               the healthcare and commu-
would like read, and what out-      hand and I want them to won-                                                          Martha Hage’s                                     nity service systems.”
fit she wanted to be buried in.
The woman also requested to
                                    der ‘why the fork?’ Then I
                                    want you to tell them, ‘Keep
                                                                                                                          RADIO SHOW                                    4. State stakeholder meetings
be buried with her favorite         your fork - the best is yet to                                                        Disabled & Proud,                                should be held at times sen-
Bible.                              come.’”
                                                                        Please patronize                                It’s Not An Oxymoron                               sitive to consumer sched-
                                                                          your Access                    July 11th: Guests Ronna Linroth and Dave Zimmermann from
                                                                                                                                                                           ules. To attend mid-day
Everything was in order and         The priest’s eyes welled up        Press Advertisers                                                                                   meetings, consumers report
                                                                                                                    the STAR Program discuss their Assistive
the priest was preparing to         with tears of joy as he                                                                                                                they or their spouse often
                                                                        — and tell them                             Technology Loan Program.
leave when the woman sud-           hugged her good-bye. He                                                                                                                take time off without pay or
denly remembered something          knew this would be one of           where you heard                  July 18th: John Skaalen from VSA Arts will talk about the 10th
                                                                                                                                                                           use vacation time.
very important, to her.             the last times he would see
“There’s one more thing,” she       her before her death. But
                                                                          about them.                               anniversary of the ADA.
                                                                                                                                                                           Kris Flaten, consumer, asked
said excitedly.                     he also knew this woman             They bring you                   July 25th: Wendy Brower reflects on the ADA: what it has
                                                                                                                                                                           for a show of hands to an-
  “What’s that?” came the           had a better idea of heaven           your paper.                                                                                      swer two questions: “How
                                                                                                                    meant for people with disabilities; the future of
pastor’s reply.                     than he did. She knew some-                                                                                                            many people are here today
                                                                                                                    ADA; and positive and negative outlooks on the
                                                                                                                                                                           [at Partners Forum] on sal-
                                                                                                                                                                           ary?” and “How many
                                                                                                                     KFAI Every Tues. 7:30 p.m.                            people will earn more than
                                                                                                                106.7 FM — St. Paul 90.3 FM — Mpls                         $35 today day?” She stated,
                                                                                                                                                                           “$35 is what consumers re-

        Make Your Ride Count!                                                                                                                                              ceive for attending a [stake-
                                                                                                                                                                           holders] meeting.”

              Are you having difficulty scheduling rides with Metro Mobility?                                                                                              5. To truly contribute at the
               Are you not able to arrange transportation when you need it?                                                                                                   state level to guide model
                                                                                                                                                                              development, consumers
  We need your help to accurately document the number of trip denials now occurring                                                                                           need to be able to integrate
  within the Metro Mobility transportation system. Our goal is to accurately document the                                                                                     information they are given
  current demand for Metro Mobility service.                                                                                                                                  and to determine how this
                                                                                                                                                                              information may best be in-
  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, a                                                                                      corporated in the project
  trip denial occurs in any of the following situations:                                                                                                                      plan.

  • You request a ride and don’t receive it - even after being placed on standby.                                                                                          6. Early involvement in the
    Example: You place a request at 6 a.m. four days prior to a doctor’s appointment but your                                                                                 government process is cru-
    requested time is not available. After being placed on standby, you are also told no ride                                                                                 cial to developing a model
                                                                                                                                      TCF Adv
    is available.                                                                                                                                                             that truly serves consum-
  • You are able to schedule a ride to your requested destination but cannot get a return
    trip.                                                                                                                                                                    Charlie Smith, Access Press,
    Example: You are offered - and accept - a ride to your destination but are denied a return                                                                               said “we need to be involved
    trip to your home when a standby ride is unavailable. Cancellation of the oneway trip                                                                                    in the legislative process
    should also be recorded as a denial.                                                                                                                                     before it is finalized.” In
                                                                                                                                                                             addition, “we also need to
  • You are not offered a ride within one hour before or after your requested ride time.                                                                                     be involved in the planning
    Example: You request a pick-tip time of 1:00 PM. The provider must offer you a ride time                                                                                 process at the county level.”
    between 12 noon and 2 PM. If not, this is considered to be a trip denial - even if YOU
    choose to accept the ride. You have a right to receive a ride within an hour of your                                                                                   Notification regarding the next
    requested pick-up time!                                                                                                                                                planning phase will be by quar-
                                                                                                                                                                           terly newsletter and other
                                                                                                                                                                           press releases. If you would
                Make Your Ride Count!                                                                                                                                      like this information, please
                                                                                                                                                                           contact Joanne Rafferty at
       Call CMIL’s hotline at 651/603-2039 Voice or 612/794-7514 TTY.                                                                                                      (612) 348-3727, or their TTY
                                                                                                                                                                           number at (612) 596-6758.
                                                                                                                                                                      July 10, 2000                               5

                   Hello Nicole:                                                                          On Mental Illness
Dear Nicole,                       ful stereotype is that people
                                   with disabilities are not wor-
                                                                       push yourself on him. Just let
                                                                       him know that you love him
                                                                                                          George Versus
My fiancé has a progressive        thy or adequate love partners.      and he doesn’t have to feel
disability. He was walking and
his disability was “hidden”
                                   Especially if your boyfriend
                                   has not had a lot of contact
                                                                       pressured to say or do or be
                                                                       any way in particular to keep
                                                                                                          “The Inner Tyrant”
until recently when he fell and    with others who are disabled        you as a friend.                   by Pete Fiegal
broke his leg and now the doc-     he may just assume that he
tors say he will be in a wheel-
chair for good. He doesn’t
                                   needs to give up intimacy in
                                   his life because you won’t (or
                                                                        In this same way, you need to
                                                                       find a way to allow the inevi-     A    lmost every waking mo-
                                                                                                               ment, I hear a voice inside
                                                                                                         my head. Granted, you’re read-
                                                                                                                                              whatever I am, I will always be
                                                                                                                                              alone and unloved. It’s the
                                                                                                                                              voice of society telling me that
                                                                                                                                                                                  wonderful child of God. You
                                                                                                                                                                                  are perfectly fine just as you
                                                                                                                                                                                  are, and you don’t need to
want me to have to deal with       shouldn’t) like him in “that”       table outbursts of anger in your
                                                                       relationship without them be-     ing someone who has battled          I am lazy, weak, and flawed of      remake yourself into anyone
this so he has pushed me out       way anymore. It is good to
                                                                       ing damaging. When your           mental illness for 30 plus years,    character. It’s the voice of        else. You are a human being,
of his life. He wants me to go     give him a lot of assurance that
                                                                       boyfriend is abusive, respect-    and even though I am not de-         every teacher who humiliated        not a human doing, and you
find someone else. I don’t         you love him but no amount of
                                                                       fully leave before you say or     lusional, admittedly during          me, every person that rejected      don’t have to do or be anyone
want to go but it seems he         reassurance can end his inse-
                                                                       hear things you will later re-    that time I’ve seen a few shows      me, every family member who         different to be loved. You don’t
doesn’t want me to stay. He¹s      curity and if you get upset
                                                                       gret. Nothing good comes          that were not listed, I mean         was disappointed with me. It’s      need to “buy” your love. You
so angry that he keeps lashing     because he doesn’t believe
                                                                       from continuing abusive con-      they were not in the TV Guide.       me at my worst. It is judgment      are lovable just as you are.”
out at me and it hurts so bad.     your assurances, you will only
                                                                       versations. When you are          But it isn’t that kind of voice.     and guilt and pain. But it’s me.
When I get upset because he¹s      make matters worse.
                                                                       together again, try to start      It’s that stream of conscious-                                           George’s voice is the one I
mean he says, “This is not
                                                                       fresh and with an understand-     ness just below the surface,         The Bible says to “love others      hear when I need kindness
about you! This is happening       It takes time, patience and ex-
                                                                       ing that the anger is normal for  the voice that does a running        as yourself.” Maybe that”s          and mercy. I have a hard time
to me!!” I¹m trying to be the      perience to have a sense of
                                                                       both of you given your enor-      commentary on the movie/ball         the problem with the world. So      saying nice things about my-
strong one but it hurts. Do you    confidence about having a
                                                                       mous loss.                        game that is my life, something      many of us are constantly at        self, but George was someone
think I should leave him?          disability in our society. It may
                                                                                                         we all have in one way or an-        war with ourselves, there isn’t     who never lied to me, who
                                   be that he is unable to love you
Sincerely, Confused                or believe that you love him at     It may take years for your boy- other as our minds are fitted          time or energy for others. Many     never judged me, someone
                                   this time. He may need to           friend to accept that he is still with and process data.               of us know what it’s like to live   who gave me hope that I really
Dear Confused,                     withdraw and conserve his           an OK human being and feel                                             inside someone who hates            was all the good things he said
                                   emotional energy or let his         confident enough to take on As long as I can remember, my              you, and it’s very “my-sided.”      I was. I think hell is where you
It¹s unimaginable for most         previous life fall away while he    the responsibility of being narrator has always had a dark                                                 become who you fear you are,
people to think of going from      rebuilds. It might take some        your partner. We expect a lot streak, a way of slipping a dag-         So what’s the answer? 1 know        and heaven is where you may
being able to walk to being in     pressure off your boyfriend if      of ourselves when we are in an ger past my defenses, a way of          what George would say if he         become who you hope you
a wheelchair. A loss of ability    you did go on with your life        intimate relationship, and we always making me feel less-              were here. He’d say, “Pete,         are, and George’s voice is that
like this requires major changes   without him. I don’t mean           need to feel we measure up to than, trivial, worthless. George,        remember the paradoxical law        divine spirit I use to give my
in our lifestyle, physical envi-   finding a new boyfriend but         our partner’s expectation. my old cognitive group leader               of change: ‘It’s only when I        heart healing and mercy. It’s
ronment and self-image that        just spending time with other       Until your boyfriend begins to at Abbott-Northwestern,                 accept myself as I am that I can    how I have a touch of Heaven
are hard to accept. It¹s only      people, working, going to           gain confidence in himself he called it the “Inner Tyrant” as          change.’ “ He’d say, “You’re        to combat my ongoing Hell.
natural for your fiancé to be      school, having a hobby, etc.        cannot possibly feel secure in he believed there wasn’t any            not crazy by feeling this way.      All of us have had a “George”
angry about this, unfortu-         Try to do things that are non-      a relationship. All you can better term for this judgmental            Considering all of the terrible     sometime or somewhere in our
nately it is also normal that      threatening to your relation-       really do is be very gentle and dictator that lived inside so          and traumatic things that have      lives. A teacher, a friend, a
when we are upset we tend to       ship (i.e. don’t go on dates        patient with him and hope that many. It seemed to exist most           happened, what you’re feel-         grandparent. A loved one.
lash out the worst at the people   with other men). At the same        eventually you will gain his often inside people who had               ing is actually pretty appropri-    Trace your footsteps back to
                                                                       trust.                            been hurt, betrayed or trauma-       ate, and just staying alive has     that time, and hear that kind
who mean the most to us.           time you need to make sure
                                                                                                         tized by others, especially          been a miraculous thing.”           voice again. Nurture it and
                                   that he is treating himself well
                                                                        — Nicole                         people in authority or who           George would say, “You’ve           keep it close.
Probably part of the reason        and is not left alone too much.
                                                                                                         were supposed to be our pro-         done a terrific job. You’ve been
your boyfriend is pushing you      It might be good for him to see
                                                                                                         tectors. The abuse suffered          a good person, a good son, a
away is that he feels insecure     a therapist. It might also help        Question? Complaint?           left a residual wound that is
and being with you may bring       for him to get to know some                  Comment?                 hard to heal, a message that
up feelings of inadequacy that
he is not ready to deal with.
Our society has a lot of preju-
                                   people with disabilities who
                                   are living an active life. Try to
                                   encourage him to go out and
                                                                            Write to Nicole:
                                                                          % Access Press, 1821
                                                                                                         one must be really worthless-
                                                                                                         bad-guilty if the ones that were
                                                                       University Ave. W,#185 N; closest to us, who knew us
dice against people with dis-
abilities and one very power-
                                   do things he enjoys, but don’t
                                   force him to go. It won’t help to
                                                                           St. Paul, MN 55104;           best, abused us instead of
                                                              loved us.                                  Marathon Results
     An Uplifting Experience                                                                              The “inner tyrant” is the voice
                                                                                                          inside that says every victory
                                                                                                                                              T    he weather could not have
                                                                                                                                                   been better for Duluth’s
                                                                                                                                              24th annual Grandma’s Mara-
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Saul Mendoza
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Kenny Carnes
                                                                                                          is hollow, every defeat is total.
D    elta and Kurt Manufac-
     turing introduce the first-
ever hydraulic lift carry-on
                                                                                                          The voice that says, “Why
                                                                                                          bother? You’ll only screw up
                                                                                                                                              thon. Here are the totals for
                                                                                                                                              women’s and men’s wheelchair
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Paul Bester
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Layne Nelson
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Maynard Read
chair, the Delta Air Chair, used                                                                          in the end.” The voice that                                             6. Dave Eckstrom      2:33:48
to transport passengers with                                                                              sabotages me and then says,         Women’s                             7. Barton Dodson      2:59:08
disabilities onto an aircraft.                            M.I.L.S.                                        “See, I told you so.” It’s the      1. Tami Oothoudt 2:22:35            8. Michael Baker      3:06:52
The chair will help passengers                                                                            voice that tells me whatever I      2. Mary Oothoudt 2:54:48            9. James Davis        3:09:56
                                     HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICE                                             do, it isn’t enough, and that,      3. Linda Martine 3:26:27            10. Steve Bjornson    3:21:17
make a more comfortable, effi-
cient and dignified transfer               24 HOUR ON CALL SERVICE
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A local Minnesota company,
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ped the chair with a patent-        Home Health Aides            Homemakers
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                                    Live-in Caretakers          Skilled Nursing
that elevates passengers to
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person over the armrest and             Physical / Occupational / Speech Therapies
into a seat.                                                                                                                                        Book Adv

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The chair was tested for six              Medicare Certified / Medical Assistance
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Kurt will pursue inclusion of
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 6        July 10, 2000

Struggling With The System ADA — Everyone Wins
by Mia Thor                                                                                               by Wendy S. Brower
I  magine lying in a hospital
    bed struggling with a seri-
ous illness, questioning your
                                   edgeable and experienced ex-
                                   perts in the health care sys-
                                   tem, AXIS coordinates a re-
                                                                     of telling him what to do. No
                                                                     one else had done this yet.
                                                                                                          O      n July 4th, Americans
                                                                                                                 celebrate their indepen-
                                                                                                                                               these limiting assumptions are
                                                                                                                                               harbored, and too-often even
                                                                                                                                                                                   much easier for everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Here are some examples:
                                                                                                          dence. But July 26th marks the       perpetuated, by professional        · The power doors used by all
own fate and making it difficult   sults-oriented, cost-efficient,   Both Sue and Gary share the          10th Anniversary of the pas-         job counselors, rehabilitation        customers at the entrances
to predict a healthy future. In    and timely health plan for its    belief that AXIS stresses            sage of the Americans with           experts, and social service           of major retailers, banks and
addition, add a myriad of doc-     consumers. More importantly,      building relationships with          Disabilities Act (ADA) when          workers in the “disability” in-       hotels.
tors, rehabilitation counselors,   AXIS allows consumers to          their consumers. Through             53 million Americans with dis-       dustry. Today, more than 80%        · The large, unisex bathroom
and managed care providers         control the decisions they        trust and communication, Sue         abilities celebrate another day      of people with disabilities are       that allows a dad to accom-
making direct impact decisions     make in order to maintain         resolves that AXIS can give          of independence. I was thrilled      still unemployed or underem-          pany his two-year daughter.
about your life without your       healthy lives. It began a pilot   the right kinds of medical at-       to be among 3,000 people with        ployed.                             · The curb cut used by the
input. It can be disheartening     project last summer that in-      tention to people with physi-        disabilities, their families, and                                          tourist to roll their suitcase
to be hospitalized with health     volved taking on consumers        cal disabilities. “I think we can,   friends who witnessed the            Employers are desperate for           on the sidewalk (curb cuts
problems, yet even more over-      on a voluntary basis.             one-by-one, make life better         President of the United States       skilled and qualified workers.        are also terrific for baby stroll-
whelming when people who                                             for people.” Life is definitely      sign the first-ever civil rights     Given the explosion in the in-        ers, hand-carts, and roller-
should be helping you take         Through talking with his doc-     better now for Gary. He lives        law for Americans with dis-          formation industry, many em-          blades).
away the control of your own       tor, Gary learned about AXIS,     independently without other          abilities. The ADA gave us a         ployers are looking for brains,
life. Unfortunately, this sce-     and was soon connected with       people making decisions for          right to be included in society.     not brawn. Why not tap into a       My elderly mother, whose hear-
nario is common for people         Sue Bulger. As he and Sue         him. “When you can        Finally we, people with dis-         huge, new labor pool - people       ing, seeing, and walking aren’t
with disabilities. When deal-      worked together over the fol-     makes all the difference.” He        abilities, had a law to protect us   with disabilities? This is a per-   what they used to be, is a major
ing with health issues, people     lowing months, Gary regained      can focus on other things-           from discrimination. It was now      fect time and, besides, it just     beneficiary of improved ac-
with disabilities often find       his health, acquired Medical      such as preparing for his son’s      actually illegal for us to be left   makes good business sense.          cess. When she and I recently
themselves not only battling       Assistance, received equip-                                            out of the game.                                                         entered the elevator in a new
illness but also the health care   ment for his health needs, and                                                                              To me, the ADA represents           public sports arena, she re-
                                                                                                          However, we knew the road            freedom of choice, indepen-         marked, “I couldn’t get up all
system itself.                     found a job. Instead of going     Because of its innovation and
                                                                                                          ahead would not be easy. Each        dence, and inclusion. The ADA       those stairs and am so grateful
                                   to a nursing home, he returned    uniqueness, AXIS brings a
                                                                                                          and every day people with dis-       is a proclamation that people       for this elevator.” I simply
The situation was similar for      to his own home. He explained     service to the Twin Cities un-       abilities face barriers to educa-    with disabilities are truly valu-   smiled and told her, “This el-
Gary Madson. After experi-         that Sue was a great advocate     like any other health care sys-                                           able members of society. Un-        evator is here because of the
                                                                                                          tion, health care, transporta-
encing a severe illness in Janu-   for him and allowed for him to    tem. Though, the reality is,         tion, information, and simple        fortunately there are still some    Americans with Disabilities
ary, he found himself in the       by-pass the enormous amount       there are some people who            day-to-day tasks. Old-fash-          people who think the ADA            Act.”
hospital for a month, losing       of red tape typically involved    have stories even more dis-          ioned attitudes toward people        just causes problems and is
control over his life. The doc-    in getting assistance. “I like    tressing than Gary’s. As he          with disabilities continue to        just for “those” people. How- Wendy S. Brower is the Execu-
tors around him were making        the fact that they’re straight    stated, “The danger of not           create barriers to equality. It is   ever, the ADA has prompted tive Director of the The Dis-
decisions for him, ultimately      with you”, he said referring to   having AXIS is that people           particularly disappointing that      some changes that make life ability Institute
telling him he needed to be        his relationship with Sue. “The   will suffer.” This does not have
placed in a nursing home. For-
tunately for Gary, AXIS
Healthcare became an ally in
                                   system is too complicated.
                                   AXIS has people who know
                                   the system and help to change
                                                                     to be the case if you have the
                                                                     right support. To find out
                                                                     more information about AXIS
                                                                                                            Call For Key Role Actors
regaining his control and in-
dependence. Through knowl-
                                   it.” Furthermore, AXIS asked
                                   Gary what he wanted instead
                                                                     Healthcare, call 651-641-0887.
                                                                                                          S   EX & THE SINGLE
                                                                                                               GIMP is being developed
                                                                                                          with ITVS [PBS]. It is a roman-
                                                                                                                                               make the audience’s mouths
                                                                                                                                               drop open. And of course he
                                                                                                                                               gets the girl. The swing music
                                                                                                                                                                                   his wheelchair, his luck will
                                                                                                                                                                                   improve. He learns to — really
                                                                                                                                                                                   hot — Swing-dance in his chair.
                                                                                                          tic comedy about Paulie, a           will be provided by Charmin         He is probably Jewish (my
                                                                                                          paraplegic, trying to learn to       Michelle — nominated for vo-        grandfather was a blond,
                                                                                                          swing dance in his wheelchair        calist of the year in the MN        blue-eyed Russian Jew), a Lou
                                                                                                          in an effort to meet women, i.e.     Music Awards who frequently         Reed type hipster, in his
                                                                                                          get a life. National Ballroom        is featured with major jazz         middle/late twenties to forty
                                                                                                          Dance Champion, Jesse Smith,         bands in Europe — and Cool          (looking younger). All are
                                                                                                          and his staff have been help-        Breeze the leader-guitarist-        elcomed but a lumbar-para or
                                                                                                          ing develop exciting wheel-          vocalist of the SOLID SEND-         incomplete para might have
                                                                                                          chair swing dancing. Bobbi, a        ERS. The music and Swing            more success with the mobil-
                                                                                                          beautiful vamp who uses a            dancing are the underpinnings       ity needed for the dancing
                                                                                                          wheelchair, is attractive to         of the love story that is Sex &     numbers.
                                                                                                          Paulie, his sidekick Geets, and      The Single Gimp.
                                                                                                          hopefully the audience. She is                                      Geets, his pal, is also disabled
                                                                                                          hopefully a way for the audi-        Preference will be given to — a cool cat who hangs with
                                                                                                          ence to see past the chair, see      real disabled, but we want Paulie. He may have a limp or
                                                                                                          past the disability to under-        the BEST ACTORS.               some other disability — we’re
                                                                                                          stand that there is an actual                                       open — although a learning
                                                                                                          person there. And Paulie who         The key cast members are: disability probably won’t make
                                                                                                          everyone expects to not be           Paulie, a paraplegic, who is it. He goes NUTZ for Bobbi, a
                                                                                                          able to do much-DANCE???             unsuccessful at meeting vamp in a wheelchair. He is
                                                                                                          YOU CAN’T EVEN WALK!                 women and having romantic middle/late twenties to youn-
                                                                                                          -will be able to dance in his        involvements. He believes if ger looking forty.
                                                                                                          wheelchair in a way which will       he can learn to swing dance in
                                                                                                                                                                              Alex (Alexandria), middle/late
                                                                                                                                                                              twenties, is able bodied. She is
                                                                                                                                                                              attractive in a sort of aspiring
                                                                                                                                                                              young professional way.
                                                                                                                                                                              She is a good swing dancer —
                                                                                                                                                                              dancing and acrobatics a plus.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Bobbi, is a character never
                                                                                                                                                                                   seen before in the movies or
                                                                                                                                                                                   on TV. She is sexy and way
                                                                                                                                                                                   attractive. We have been think-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing a drop dead gorgeous vamp
                                                                                                                                                                                   in a wheelchair — twenties to
                                                                                                                                                                                   middle/late thirties.
                                                                                                                                        ACT adv
                                                                                                                                                                                   Morris Katzman owns
                                                                                                                                                                                   Katzman’s Delicatessen. He is
                                                                                                                                                                                   in his seventies or eighties
                                                                                                                                                                                   and plays a Jewish Yoda to
                                                                                                                                                                                   Paulie’s Luke Skywalker.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Please send resumes and video
                                                                                                                                                                                   tapes to: Billy Golfus, PO Box
                                                                                                                                                                                   14111, Minneapolis MN 55414,
                                                                                                                                                                                   or call (612) 724-2424, after-
                                                                                                                                                                                   noons only
                                                                                                                                                                 July 10, 2000                              7

The Commissioner’s Ten Years In Retrospect
by Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner

T   he December 10, 1990 edi-
     tion of Access Press had
an article on page 3 about the
                                    improvement to ensure the
                                    physical accessibility of all of
                                    our buildings. Over one hun-
                                                                       a 120-page supervisor’s guide-
                                                                       book containing technical as-
                                                                       sistance on the Americans with
                                                                                                        sons with disabilities. Police
                                                                                                        and People with Disabilities
                                                                                                        is a 50-minute video with eight
                                                                                                                                          nity, developed recommenda-
                                                                                                                                          tions covering reasonable ac-
                                                                                                                                                                             ficult for many members of our
                                                                                                                                                                             community with disabilities.
                                                                                                                                                                             Ongoing discussions about
newly passed Americans with         dred assistive listening kits      Disabilities Act. This Guide     scenarios that may be incor-      public notification, effective     health care, transportation,
Disabilities Act; the cover         and fixed systems have been        was distributed to over 1,300    porated into police “roll call”   communication, training and        affordable housing and edu-
story introduced “the newest        purchased and installed.           supervisors countywide as        training anywhere in the na-      information. Most of the rec-      cation must include the issues
Hennepin County Commis-             Hennepin County employs a          part of a multimedia workshop    tion. It has been purchased by    ommendations have been com-        of persons with disabilities.
sioner, Peter McLaughlin.”          full-time sign language inter-     presented within departments.    over 200 organizations in the     pleted. Others, such as pro-
                                    preter at both the Government      In 1999, the National Associa-   U.S. and Canada, including        viding training, creating cen-
Ten years ago, both the ADA         Center and the Medical Cen-        tion of Counties recognized      police departments, acad-         tralized resources and identi-     As our society ages and more
and I were new on the scene.        ter. We offer several work-        this guidebook with an award.    emies, security offices and       fying programs and activities      and more of us confront is-
On this anniversary, it is ap-      shops on ADA employment                                             community groups. This video      to improve perceptions of dis-     sues of disability, I believe
propriate to look at what we        considerations and providing  In conjunction with the Min-          received the “Community Part-     ability are ongoing commit-        that we will build on the
have accomplished and what          effective customer service to nesota Peace Officers Stan-           nership Award” from the Na-       ments.                             progress that began with the
challenges remain before us.                                      dards and Training (POST)
                                    persons with disabilities. Each                                     tional Organization on Dis-                                          battle to enact ADA. Looking
                                    department has appointed an   Board, local police depart-           abilities in 1997.                Despite the progress we have       back on the past ten years and
Hennepin County has a role as       ADA liaison that has received ments, Great Tapes and local                                            made, there is much more to        into the future, we have won
both a service provider and as      special training and acts as aorganizations serving people          In the past decade Hennepin       do. The Americans with Dis-        many battles but victory in the
an employer. Many of the in-        resource to staff and to the  with disabilities, Hennepin           County has made great             ability Act must be defended       war remains a task for all of us.
vestments and improvements          public.                       County produced the first             progress in opening our jobs      from attempts to weaken it.
that we have made have im-                                        comprehensive videotape               and services to persons with      Changing perceptions of dis-
pacted both of these. Over the      Some of our efforts have been training program that ad-             disabilities. A countywide        ability of the public and the
past decade, we have spent          recognized as exceptional. dresses law enforcement per-             Task Force, including mem-        media remains essential. Find-
millions of dollars on capital      Hennepin County developed sonnel attitudes towards per-             bers of the disability commu-     ing employment is still too dif-

ADA/IDEA - Cont. from p. 1
needed my input; I would have       out disabilities. Our society     nitely got better and became memory about those times:                 closets or other ‘extra’           math.’
had to pay for the interpreter.     can no longer afford to ex-       more visible, which allows me 1) Deborah attended school               rooms.
When I needed to see a doctor,      clude people with disabilities    to feel less like a second-class in a regular classroom just        3) Although the school knew        “We worked hard to obtain
it was not required for the hos-    from becoming active mem-         citizen. Suddenly, it seemed     through the first grade. She          that my husband and I           education opportunities for
pital or clinic to provide sign     bers of our society. Each per-    like we mattered.                was included only because             wanted to be involved in        Deborah. Because there were
language interpreter services.      son no matter what his or her                                      the principal gave permis-            Deborah’s education, it         no special education laws,
When I wanted to sue the            disability status is or lack of   Linda Wolford is an activist &   sion and a first grade teacher        conducted meetings about        however, we were not always
doctor for malpractice and hire     status must have access. We       works at Courage Center.         allowed Deborah to be in              her education without in-       successful. Those were defi-
a lawyer I would have been          need to participate in the deci-                                   her class. Much to the                cluding us. There were no       nitely not the ‘Good Old
required to pay for the sign        sion making process and ADA              Life Before IDEA          amazement of all, Deborah             laws to protect our desire      Days!’”
language interpreter also.          is a powerful law for people          By Virginia Richardson       learned to read in that class.        and right to participate.
Now, I can go to a legislative      with disabilities to use to make  Parents of children with dis- 2) Classrooms for students            4) Most of Deborah’s teach-        Today Deborah shares a Min-
session, doctor, or lawyer and      those decisions. As the old       abilities may be tempted to      with special needs were al-           ers seemed to teach to the      neapolis apartment with an-
receive services on equal ba-       saying goes, “The world is run    take for granted the education   ways in the basements of              lowest level of understand-     other woman. She works three
sis as a hearing person (for the    by those that show up.” We        rights granted their children    the schools that Deborah              ing, with no individualiza-     days a week at Select Care, if
most part). ADA has always          need to take advantage of this    through the Individuals with     attended. We know that                tion of student need or ex-     her seizure level allows.
been beneficial in the area of      opportunity and show up. And      Disabilities Education Act       classes for special needs             pectation that the student
social and recreational activi-     we can do so using ADA.           (IDEA). Parents raising chil-    students in other schools             could succeed. Deborah          Virginia Richardson is a par-
ties. Theaters, concerts and                                          dren with disabilities in the    during those years were               often complained the teach-     ent and works at PACER Cen-
dance performances are now          Lee Perish is an advocate & 1950’s, ‘60’s, and early ‘70’s.        sometimes held in janitor’s           ers assigned her ‘baby          ter.
offering sign language inter-       activist & works for the Hear- however, cannot forget how
preted performances. These          ing & Service Dogs of MN          special education worked—
are just a few examples of how                                        or didn’t work—back then.
important it is to have the ADA
on the books and enforced for
                                          By Linda Wolford            Virginia Richardson, parent
                                                                                                                        Join Us
the deaf and hard of hearing.       The major difference I noticed training manager at PACER
                                    after the ADA was passed is Center, Inc. recalls the experi-
                                                                                                                  At The Celebration!
In Minnesota, we had the MN         related to access. Suddenly, ences of her daughter,
Relay Service set up a few          there were power door open- Deborah, now in her 40’s:
years before ADA became a           ers appearing all over, access                                                                               July 26, 2000
                                                                                                                                              Ann Sullivan School
law to provide telecommuni-         symbol signs displayed at “My daughter Deborah, who
cations access for the deaf         businesses, schools, etc. and has mental retardation and
and hard of hearing. But many
other states had nothing to
                                    disability parking spaces that epilepsy, received special edu-
                                    had aisles that were wide cation before special educa-
                                                                                                                                              3100 28th Street East
offer to their citizens in the      enough for me to actually get tion laws were passed. We felt                                             Minneapolis, MN 55406
                                                                                                                                                 10 am to 7 pm
way of telecommunications           out of my van! Also movie fortunate that our school dis-
access between the deaf and         theatres started doing a better trict offered services. Never-
the hearing world. We previ-        job of leaving spaces for theless, what was available left
ously depended on the kind-         people in wheelchairs so I much to be desired.
ness of strangers, friends, and     didn’t have to sit in an aisle at
family members including very       a downhill slant. Access defi- “Four things stand out in my
young children. This in many
cases was not a workable so-
lution. Before the MN Relay
Service was set up in MN or                   If you are a consumer or a
when I went to a different state,           provider and know health care
I had no option but to rely on
someone to make my calls for                 can and must be done better,
me. It was a demeaning, frus-
trating, impractical way of hav-              we need to hear from you.
ing a life or even controlling                                                                                                                   Performing Arts
my life.

The ADA has improved my
life not only on the communi-
cations level, but also with
physical accessibility. Each
improvement made on a build-
ing, giving more and more
people access to whatever
services are available in that                                     A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH
                                                                   FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
building, not only is a good
thing for a person with a dis-        651-641-0887
ability but also for those with-
 8         July 10, 2000

A Decade After Passage Of The ADA – Where Are We?
by Kathleen Hagen

I   n the past ten years, we
    have had noted successes
and failures. It would be im-
                                      These Interpretative Guidance
                                      papers are extremely helpful
                                      because they also list all of the
                                                                                have children.

                                                                                In another case heard by the
                                                                                                                   which would classify them as
                                                                                                                   legally blind without their
                                                                                                                   glasses. The Court held that
                                                                                                                                                       the employee or others. One
                                                                                                                                                       interesting exception was a
                                                                                                                                                       case that was just decided by
                                                                                                                                                                                         far, the U.S. Supreme Court
                                                                                                                                                                                         has made two decisions which
                                                                                                                                                                                         involve Title II. The first was in
possible to summarize all that        case law known to EEOC or                 Supreme Court, Cleveland v.        they were not disabled for          a Circuit Court of Appeals in     Pennsylvania Dept. of Correc-
has happened with regard to           DOJ at the time the paper was             Policy Management Systems          purposes of the ADA when            which the court argued that an    tions v. Yeskey, in which they
litigation filed under the ADA        written on the issue in ques-             Corporation, the court held        their blindness was corrected       employer could not use the        determined that state, county
in 10 years without writing a         tion.                                     that an employee who claims        by wearing glasses. When            defense that a potential em-      or municipally owned and op-
volume. I will concentrate in                                                   inability to work for purposes     wearing glasses, they met the       ployee would be a direct threat   erated correctional facilities fall
this article on trying to hit some    In spite of progress, although            of collecting benefits does not    requirements for vision set out     to his own safety or health.      under the public services pro-
of the highlights.                    some disability advocates                 forego the availability of the     by the airlines, but the airlines   The court held that, while the    visions of the ADA. In the
                                      thought the ADA would be a                ADA to cover issues of em-         required this amount of vision      EEOC Regulations provided         case presented, this meant that
It has been our experience at         panacea to end all discrimina-            ployment discrimination. The       to be present without correc-       for such an interpretation, the   a state prison in Pennsylvania
the Minnesota Disability Law          tion, they have found, to their           provisions of most other laws      tive measures. The Court held,      actual language of the ADA        had to provide interpreters to
Center that most businesses           disappointment, that this is              dealing with disability ben-       despite the promulgated regu-       only allowed the defense of       deaf inmates so that they had
are willing to accommodate            not true. Courts all the way              efits, such as Social Security     lations of EEOC to the con-         “direct threat to others” to be   access to taking classes avail-
persons with disabilities or          from the district to the Su-              or Workers Compensation,           trary, that only after imple-       used. It will be interesting to   able to other inmates. I will not
provide them access if they           preme Court have made deci-               define disability only in terms    menting remedial measures,          see if any other courts pick up   discuss the second case,
can find a way to do so and if        sions which in some ways have             of whether or not a person is      such as wearing glasses, could      on this issue.                    Olmstead v. L.C. here as an-
they understand that they will        limited the coverage of the               able to work at all. None of the   an individual’s impairments be                                        other attorney in our office
avoid a lawsuit by taking such        ADA. Also, because persons                other laws provide that an         analyzed regarding whether or       The courts have given strong wrote an article specific to that
action. First though, remem-          with disabilities have asserted           employer should attempt rea-       not they constituted a sub-         deference to an employer’s case that appeared in a recent
ber that, prior to 1990, Minne-       their rights under the ADA,               sonable accommodation be-          stantial limitation of a major      written job description even issue of Access Press.
sota already had in place the         we are now seeing a backlash              fore termination. The ADA has      life activity.                      when plaintiffs have argued
Minnesota Human Rights Act,           against the ADA. The most                 such a provision. Therefore, if                                        that the functions listed are The big problem currently
which incorporates most of            recent example of this back-              a person with a disability files   Sutton and the two compan-          not required of everyone per- raised under Title II is pre-
the concepts as well as the           lash is the bill currently before         a Social Security claim, for ex-   ion cases were seen as real         forming the job in question. sented in Garrett v. University
language of the ADA. This             Congress which would require              ample, in which the employee       setbacks. Would, for example,       Plaintiffs have had better luck of Alabama, which the Supreme
means that in Minnesota, with         that a public accommodation               says he/she cannot work, that      a person who had seizures that      if they could show either that Court has accepted. The issue
a few notable exceptions, the         be given 90 days’ notice of               employee is not precluded from     were kept under control             an employer had refused to is whether or not states are
only thing that changed when          noncompliance before a law-               filing an ADA claim indicating     through the use of medication       hire them simply because they generally exempt from the ju-
the ADA was passed was that           suit is brought against them in           that he/she was terminated for     not be considered disabled for      had a disability or if an em- risdiction of the ADA because
persons with disabilities can         order for them to have time to            discriminatory reasons. If the     purposes of the ADA even if         ployer was able to reasonably Congress does not have the
now choose to file under ei-          cure the problem.                         employee can argue that, with      an employer would not hire          accommodate them and didn’t. authority to override states’
ther the state or federal law.                                                  accommodation, he/she could        the person because he/she had                                         constitutional right of immu-
Also, under the ADA, per-             Definition Of Disability And              have performed the job, the        the condition? Since these          Juries have been sympathetic nity under the 11th amend-
sons with disabilities have             The U.S. Supreme Court                  employee may have a viable         decisions, EEOC has been            to plaintiffs who they believed ment. The Supreme Court has
access to a jury trial, which is      At least ¾ of the cases brought           ADA claim. The court can re-       successful in district courts in    could have performed the job made such decisions already
not available under the Hu-           under the ADA have been                   view applications filed by that    arguing that the remedial mea-      with accommodations. In a regarding other kinds of civil
man Rights Act.                       decided on the threshold is-              individual for other benefits,     sures themselves, such as           recent case brought by the rights laws. The good news is
                                      sue of whether or not the un-             but these applications, stand-     medications, might have side        EEOC against Chucky Cheese that Minnesota’s Attorney
I believe that the effort made        derlying disabling condition              ing alone, do not preclude the     effects which constituted im-       in Wisconsin, a jury awarded General Mike Hatch is writing
by both the federal Depart-           of the complainant constituted            person from filing an ADA          pairments substantially limit-      $13 million. In that case, a per- a “friend of the court” brief
ment of Justice (DOJ) and             a disability. Five of the seven           claim.                             ing major life activities. Plain-   son with developmental dis- arguing that states should
EEOC to educate employers             U.S. Supreme Court decisions                                                 tiffs will now have to expend       abilities held a position as a continue to be covered as they
and private businesses in gen-        involving the ADA have de- For disability advocates and                      much more effort explaining         maintenance worker. A deci- now are under the ADA. Ha-
eral to their obligations under       cided the claims for or against lawyers representing ADA                     why the disabling condition         sion was made at the corpo- waii is writing an opposing
the ADA has been their most           plaintiffs on that issue alone. plaintiffs, the most disappoint-             really impairs their ability to     rate level that he should be “friend of the court” brief. If
useful function, and many law-                                          ing move by the U.S. Supreme               perform a major life activity.      terminated despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court finds
suits have been avoided by            The first case to reach the U.S. Court involved three cases                  This way of thinking is counter     his supervisor argued to the that states are generally ex-
referring businesses to these         Supreme Court on the ADA decided on the same day al-                         to the image people with dis-       corporate office that he should empted from coverage of the
fact sheets and Interpretive          was Bragdon v. Abbot, involv- most exactly one year ago. In                  abilities generally want to por-    not be terminated and was ADA, this will make it more
Guidance papers. The DOJ and          ing a person with asymptom- all three cases, the Court held                  tray—that they have a disabil-      performing well on the job. difficult to file an ADA claim
EEOC fact sheets on issues of         atic HIV who sought treatment that if an impairment is miti-                 ity which does not keep them        The employer apparently against state service pro-
concern to private businesses         from a dentist and was denied gated through the use of                       from performing a job with or       made statements about not grams, state colleges and uni-
can be accessed through their         treatment based on that con- glasses, medications or                         without accommodations.             wanting “that kind of people” versities.
web sites. EEOC’s website is          dition. The Court found that, through other means, the em-                                                       working there. According to The Depart-             even though the plaintiff had ployees were not disabled                                Employment                EEOC attorneys, the jury was Several cities have been sued
ment of Justice’s website is          no symptoms, his condition under the first and most com-                     Title I of the ADA, covering        not impressed with the de- because riders with disabili- Both agen-             constituted a substantial limi- monly used prong of the ADA,                 employment discrimination,          meanor of the Chucky Cheese ties cannot get timely rides
cies publish their settlements        tation to the major life activity Title I.                                   has been by far the most liti-      representatives. The judge from paratransit providers. To
on their web sites. The sites         of having children. Persons                                                  gated area. As noted above, a       reduced the actual jury award my knowledge, all of these
also include Interpretive Guid-       who are HIV positive or who In Sutton v. United Airlines,                    large portion of cases brought      from $13 million to $300,000, cases to date have settled with
ance written to tell agency in-       have AIDS can bear children twin sisters wanted to be hired                  under this provision have been      the damage cap under the a plan for how these services
vestigators what evidence to          with the same disease and as pilots by the airline. They                     dismissed by District Courts        ADA. This case represents a will be improved. Cities have
consider in an investigation.         therefore will choose not to both had vision limitations                     and Circuit Courts of Appeal        victory for persons with dis- also resolved accessibility is-
                                                                                                                   as not meeting the definition       abilities.                        sues through settlements. One
                                                                  Handi Medical Supply                             of disability described above.                                        case that was litigated in-
                                                              2505 University Avenue West                          The courts have generally                   Public Services           volved the City of Philadel-
                                                                St. Paul, Minnesota 55114                          been sympathetic to defenses        Title II of the ADA, involving phia, which had made improve-
                                                             At Hwy. 280 & University Avenue                       raised by employers that a dis-     state, county or municipally ments to its streets after the
                                                                                                                   ability constitutes a direct        subsidized programs, is the ADA was implemented, with-
     HANDI MEDICAL SUPPLY                                (651) 644-9770                                            threat to the health or safety of   next most litigated area. Thus out making them wheelchair
                                                                                                                                                                                         accessible. The Court required
        Visit Our Large, Fully-stocked showroom open to the pubic.                                                                                                                       the City to make its streets
                                                                                                                                                                                         accessible even though its
                                                                                                                                                                                         original plans did not include
  YOUR COMPLETE MEDICAL SUPPLYVENDOR                                                                                                                                                     such access, and the total ex-
     • Wheelchairs/with complete      •                           Commode & shower chairs                                                                                                pense of improvements was
       repair service                 •                           Ostomy/and wound care                                                                                                  considerably higher than it
                                                                                                                                                                                         would have been had they in-
     • Walkers/canes, crutches        •                           Blood pressure equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                         corporated accessibility into
     • Bathroom safety aids           •                           Diabetic supplies                                                                                                      their original plan.
     • Incontinent/Urological supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                             Public Accommodations
                        GREAT SERVICE & PRICES                                                                                                                                            The most successful litigation
    We offer 24 hr. Emergency Service exclusively to our regular                                                                                                                          under the ADA has been car-
                                                                                                                                                                                          ried out under Title III, the
  customers. Free UPS and deliveries to Mpls., St. Paul & Suburbs.
                                                                                                                                                                                          public accommodations pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                          visions. Hotels, stores and
                                                                                                                                                                                          restaurants have become
                  We bill M.A., Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medica and many other insurances
                                                                                                                                                                                          ADA - cont. on p. 9
                                                                                                                                                                      July 10, 2000                           9

10 Years Of ADA
Disability, Handicap, Ablism, Disability Culture                                                                                Summer Events
and Multi-culturalism
by Linda Larson                                                                                             W     ell, readers,it’s that sum-
                                                                                                                  mer season again.
                                                                                                           Here’s a calendar of places to
                                                                                                                                                Minneapolis (612) 288-2001. Eye Cinema runs movies ev-
                                                                                                                                                A lot of ribs and free concerts ery Wednesday through July.
                                                                                                                                                by Pat Benatar, Night Ranger, Music at 8, films at dusk.

A    s a teacher, June signals
     the end of another school
year, a time to reflect on ac-
                                    making - leads to the institu-
                                    tionalization of ablist (racist)
                                    policies and practices,” said
                                                                         abortion to the mix and it is go, sights to see for that bar-
                                                                         clear that our ablist society is gain price of zero dollars and
                                                                         actively seeking to wipeout zero cents.
                                                                                                                                                Joan Jett, BTO, & Air Supply.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Summer Movies and Music,
                                                                                                                                                Aug 4-6: Uptown Art Fair Lake Loring Park Mpls (612) 375-
complishments, failures, new        David Wellman (from, “Why            disability and damn the con-                                           St. and Hennepin Ave, Mpls 7650. Every Monday, Music
beginnings, and new endings.        Are All The Black Kids Sitting       sequences.                        July 14th: Hennepin Ave Block        (612) 823-4581. Art, out- at 7pm, movies at dusk.
This year, I’ve spent a lot of      Together In The Cafeteria?”                                            Party, Downtown Mpls (612)           side,and uptown.
time reflecting on the state and    by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.d.,      We have yet to see the day 331-8371. Cheap Trick head-                                                   Como Park Concert Series,
impact of the Americans with        1997).                               that a qualified candidate with lines this annual Aquatennial          Aug 4-6: Loring Park Art Fes- Como Lakeside Pavillion, St.
Disabilities Act (ADA) in the                                            a known disability is elected. kickoff.                                tival, Mpls (612) 824-6674. Over Paul (651) 266-6400. Concerts
everyday life of our society.       I still sense that persons in the    (It is my opinion that F.D.R.                                          100 artists and a sample of nightly at 7pm
The following are personal          disability community are con-        felt he had to portray an “able- July 14th-23: Mpls Aquatennial        Fringe Festival performers.
observations, questions and         centrating on survival. They         bodied”, “normal” image). We, Minne-                                                 Lake Harriet Concert Series,
musings. I hope this will give      don’t have the luxury of time        must actively and assertively apolis (612) 331-8371. ‘The 10           Aug 11-13: Highland Fest 2000 Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls
you pause so that you can add       and energy to connect with           put ourselves in decision- best days of summer’ featur-                St Paul (651) 699-9042. Art fair, (612) 673-2489. July 13-25,
your voice to this discussion.      other persons with disabilities      making positions.                 ing regattas at Lake Calhoun,        bingo, golf tournament, & two 7:30pm
Happy Tenth Anniversary             different from their own. We                                           the Mississippi River Celebra-       stages of music.
ADA!                                are beginning to speak of the        One last ponderance, where is tion, and many other activities                                            Mears Park Tuesday Night
                                    need and advantage of speak-         multi-culturalism in disability? at many other places.                 Aug 12: Lyn Lake Street Fair Concerts, Mears Park, St. Paul
The good news is there’s more       ing on each other’s behalf and       What is your definition of                                             Minneapolis (612) 824-8198. (651) 266-6400
positive portrayals of persons      presenting a united front on         multi-cultural? Multi-cultural, July 15-16: 2000 Rondo Days            Music, performing arts, pup-
with disabilities in the media,     issues. It is strong in our con-     in its best definition, is inclu- Celebration, 998 Selby, St. Paul     petry, art-car parade, etc.       Music of the Minnesota Terri-
although far too scarce. More       sciousness and on our con-           sive of all cultures. It em- (651) 646-6597. Celebrate the                                               tory, Minnesota History Cen-
teachers are including disabil-     science.                             braces all its diversity. Are we heritage of St.Paul’s Rondo           Aug 24-Sept. 4: MN State Fair ter, St. Paul (651) 296-6126. A
ity and persons with disability                                          in the disability community neighborhood and African                   St. Paul (651) 642-2200, series of free and educational
in their literature, music, and     Our disability culture is grow-      ready to embrace multi- American community.                   After an concerts. 6:30 Tuesdays July
science curriculum. More per-       ing and we are preserving our        culturalism? Are we afraid of                                          admission fee, the State fair is 4-August 29
sons are aware of and attempt-      history. Sports, dance, the-         being lost in all its’ layers? Do July 22: Lake Street Cultural        as free as you want. Discount
ing to be politically correct in    atre, art, and literature. We are    we have the obligation to Festival, Lake St between 17th               tickets available at Cub foods. Rice Park Monday Night Con-
their language. There is far too    adding our voices. This gives        speak-up against oppression and Bloomington Ave, Min-                  Call (651) 642-2448 for Acces- certs, St. Paul (651) 266-6400
much use of the word retard in      me the greatest pleasure and         wherever it may be? If we enter neapolis (612) 722-4817.               sibility information              June 7-July 24
our schools.                        renews my spirit.                    the mix, will we grow or be- Walker and Powderhorn neigh-
                                                                         come extinct? We may or may borhood association present                        Ongoing Events         St. Anthony Main Summer
Far too often still, the por-       Our darkest moments lie              not know even in the next 10 arts, crafts, music, and more.            2000 Music and Movies in Concert Series, Mpls (612) 378-
trayal of persons with mental       ahead. Between Jack Kevork-          years. What is certain is there                                        Stevens Square Park, Minne- 1226. Free music Fri, Sat, Sun.
illness, specifically schizo-       ian and Peter Singer, society is     is much to do and much to July 26-30: Ribfest, Downtown                apolis (612) 870-0309. The Red
phrenia and bi-polar syn-           letting us know that disability      celebrate.
drome, are portrayed as perpe-      is still a facet of life that fills
trators of violence rather than     most with fear, a fate worse Linda Larson is a teacher,
victims of violence, which is       than death. Add genetic engi- mother, disability advocate
far more often the case. Last       neering, amniocentesis, and and free lance writer.
week on “Leeza,” I was infuri-
ated that a ‘thoughtful’ dis-
cussion would leave out such        ADA - Cont. from p. 8
key issues as: persons with
mental illness are seen as crimi-   physically accessible as a re-       Various sports problems have       There have been two com-   been challenged in several               ging.
nals rather than individuals        sult of suits filed by plaintiffs.   been addressed through the         pletely contradictory deci-states, resulting in accommo-
with a disability. No other dis-    In at least one case involving       ADA. The first case to gain        sions regarding whether thedations for such tests. The                       Conclusion
ability has such a stigma at-       stadium seating in an arena,         public prominence was Ander-       use of a golf cart by a player
                                                                                                                                       commercially available review            In conclusion, it is fair to say
tached to it. Health care cover-    however, the court found that,       son v. Little League, in which     who has mobility impairments
                                                                                                                                       courses for taking the bar exam          that the ADA litigation has
age, services, research, hous-      if accessible seating is pro-        a coach who used a wheel-          constitutes a fundamental al-
                                                                                                                                       and the certified professional           had mixed results. It did not
ing, you name it, is grossly        vided, the seats do not have to      chair coached a Little League                                 accountant exam were suc-
                                                                                                            teration to the game of golf or                                     end discrimination as some
under-funded for persons with       be dispersed throughout the          team. Little League determined     gives the player any advan-cessfully challenged for not             hoped that it would. Nor has
mental illness.                     arena. This allows wheelchair        that no one in a wheelchair        tage. The Casey Martin caseproviding accommodations to              the ADA failed. There have
                                    seating to be clustered in the       could be on the baseball field     in one circuit said that hethe testing procedure for those          been many successes. Disabil-
On the whole, education, de-        front of the arena which means       due to safety issues. Little       should not be denied accesswith disabilities. Educational           ity advocates need to be ever
livery of services, health care     people have to crane their           League threatened to termi-                                   Testing Services, which pro-
                                                                                                            to playing professional golf                                        watchful that the conserva-
provision, housing, employ-         necks to look up at the event.       nate the team from Little League                              vides many of the standard-
                                                                                                            because of his use of a cart.                                       tive elements of Congress are
ment and communication have         The court found that this was        if its coach continued to be on    Another circuit found the op-
                                                                                                                                       ized entrance exams for vari-            not successful in eroding hard-
improved. Transportation is         not discriminatory because           the field in his wheelchair with   posite with regard to another
                                                                                                                                       ous professions, is being sued           won rights under the ADA.
still grossly inadequate. More      disabled people are not segre-       the other players. The team        player.                    currently for identifying the
and more, the ability to take       gated and similar seating is         stood behind their coach, and                                 test scores of persons with              Kathleen Hagen is a Attorney
recourse for non-compliance         available to non-disabled per-       other teams supported allow-           Educational Testing    disabilities separately because          at Law at the Minnesota Dis-
and the ability to give incen-      sons. Never mind that non-           ing him to coach the team. The     The standardized tests for they received accommoda-                 ability Law Center
tives for compliance of the         disabled persons also have           court determined that Little       becoming an attorney have tions, a practice known as flag-
ADA is weakening. Please            access to every other kind of        League had not adequately
note that in all these observa-     seating throughout the facil-        proved that the coach was a
tions, I live in an urban not a     ity!                                 direct threat to the safety of               HOUSING AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
rural area. I also have a minor                                          others.
disability. Therefore, I have
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who can define ablism. I have                                                                                    locations, for adults with a physical disability and/or traumatic brain
stumbled across a powerful                  We provide Personal Care Assistants • Home Health
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author): “Ablism (racism) is a                                                                                   For more information call (651) 645-7271 or (800) 466-7722. For services
                                                Our Rehabilitative Services include: Physical/
system of advantage based
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                                                Occupational/Speech/Respiratory Therapies                        or housing call Lisa, for employment as a personal care attendant call Al or
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                                                                                                               ASSOCIATE                       ON FOUNDATIONS                          who enjoys working for an
                                                                         Full-time position                                                The Minnesota Council on Foundations        organization that makes a dif-
                                                                                                                                           is a regional membership association of     ference in our community. The
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This full-time position serves as an accounting, budget and           HousingLink is a technology-       premier community art orga-       and values of the Council by providing
financial specialist by providing financial services required for     based nonprofit focused on         nization, has an immediate        strategic leadership, fostering strong      (ARRM) is non-profit asso-
the operation of the PUC and by giving assistance to the              improving services to people.      opening for an organized, en-     member relations, and imparting manage-     ciation supporting agencies
                                                                                                                                           ment direction. This position requires a
administrative team relative to the PUC financial needs. This         Currently seeking an energetic     ergetic individual to join our    highly motivated and entrepreneurial in-
                                                                                                                                                                                       that provide services to people
position assists the Executive Secretary and Administrative           individual to develop and main-    development team.                 dividual who thinks strategically and       with disabilities.
                                                                                                                                           creatively, is proactive in anticipating
Manager in the management of financial and material resources         tain relationships with com-                                         and responding to the needs of members,
of the PUC, maintaining a system that controls expenditures           munity and social service or-      Responsibilities: Fundraising     and has strong knowledge of the non-        This person will be respon-
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developing the biennial and annual budgets, and providing             viduals must have a working        businesses, database man-         (click jobs) for additional information.    tions of the association. Spe-
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                                                                                                                                           requirements to:
and decision-making. This position provides assistance in the         housing programs and excel-        nor event planning, public                Via Fountain Associates
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assessment of direct and indirect costs to regulated utilities,       lent written and verbal com-       speaking, administrative sup-                7017 Weston Circle               nal operations, contract man-
                                                                                                                                                       Edina, MN 55439                 agement with vendors, pay-
This position. provides leadwork direction to clerical employ-        munication skills. Responsible     port for workplace giving cam-               612-941-4878 (fax)
ees assigned to perform financial/purchasing functions.               for providing leadership, train-   paigns.                                       An EEO Employer                 roll, human resources coordi-
                                                                      ing and support for the ongo-                                                                                    nation, oversight of audit and
The Public Utilities Commission is the state agency respon-           ing development and imple-         Qualifications: Excellent writ-   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                          tax filings, assistance with
sible for determining the rates and terms of service for the larger   mentation of HousingLink           ten and verbal skills, word         MINNESOTA STATE                           budget preparation and
providers of telecommunications,, electric and natural gas            community-based services           processing and database man-      COUNCIL ON DISABILITY                       monthly financial statements,
services in Minnesota.                                                throughout the seven county        agement experience, develop-          $49,632 – 71,765                        staff meetings, communica-
                                                                      metro area; and serving as the     ment or marketing experience,                                                 tions coordination, coordinat-
Salary range $29,107 - $41,906                                        designated liaison between         volunteer coordinating, abil-     Serve as Council’s primary                  ing office move, assisting with
                                                                      HousingLink and Service Cen-       ity to work effectively and       administrator. Implement its                event planning, database co-
In order to be considered, candidates must be included on the         ters. FT, competitive salary &     cooperatively with a wide va-     decisions and advocate for                  ordination, and member rela-
certified list of candidates from the Department of Employee          benefits.                          riety of people                   appropriate public and private              tions.
Relations. For more information about to apply using the                                                                                   response to its policies. Serve
Entry-Level Professional Accounting (ELPA) Exam, please Please send your resume,                         30 hrs./wk. good benefits,        as the chief liaison between                ARRM runs on a MacIntosh
refer to the following at the Department of Employee Relations: cover letter, and salary require-        Salary Range: $20,250 - $24,000   the Council and state govern-               platform. While previous ex-
                                                                ments to: The HousingLink,                                                 ment. Supervise staff and ad-               perience with the database
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The Commission intends to begin its review of candidates in                    EOE                             75 West 5 th St.            pervisory responsibilities, and
mid-August. Interested persons should be sure to contact the                                                St. Paul, MN 55102             experience working with the                 Full time position with great
Department of Employee Relations early enough to allow time                                              complete job description avail-   Legislature. Submit cover let-              health, dental, retirement and
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                                                                                                                                           Erickson, Department of Em-                 cover letter, resume with sal-
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   University of Minnesota            POLICE OFFICERS              The University YW is a pro-         PCL CONSTRUCTION              FACULTY POSITIONS               Adjunct instructors needed for
       Extension Service                                           gressive nonprofit organiza-            SERVICES, INC.                                            the following courses and
                                   The City of Minnetonka Police tion, seeking a part time AD-                                     Hennepin Technical College, campus locations starting
FINANCE AND PLANNING Department is currently ac- MINISTRATIVE COORDI-                                   University of Minnesota    with campuses in Brooklyn August 1 6, 2000:
DIRECTOR, St. Paul Campus. cepting applications for the NATOR. This organization is                    Coffman Memorial Union      Park, Eden Prairie, Plymouth
                                   position of Police Officer. Es- located on the East Bank of the          RENOVATION             and Hopkins, is actively seek- FrontPage - Brooklyn Park &
Required: bachelor’s degree; sential employee qualifica- Minneapolis Campus. This                                                  ing applications for full-time, Eden Prairie
at least five years of post-de- tions: Licensed or eligible to position is for 10 hours a week,          Bid Date: July 27, 2000   probationary faculty vacan- HTML - Brooklyn Park & Eden
gree professional financial be licensed by MN POST and is compensated at the rate                             2:00 PM CST          cies for the 2000-2001 academic Prairie
management experience, in- Board by time of appointment, of $10.00 per hour.                                                       year. All positions have a pro- Advanced HTML - Brooklyn
cluding comprehensive finan- but not later then August 1,                                                Owner - University of     posed start date of August 16, Park & Eden Prairie
cial analysis, financial forecast- 2001; possess a valid drivers Duties                                        Minnesota           2000. All positions require PERL/CGI - Brooklyn Park &
ing, strategic planning, bud- license; and education to in- Facilitate communications with Arch - KKE Architects, Inc. applicants to meet minimum Eden Prairie
geting, and accounting and clude 90 quarter or 60 semester other anti-oppression organi-                                           occupational and educational Object Oriented Design -
financial systems monitoring credits. Selection criteria: Good zations both on and off cam- Project Includes: Landscap- requirements for the particular Brooklyn Park
and reporting; experience su- interpersonal communication pus. Maintain accurate finan- ing, site concrete, roofing, in- Minnesota State Colleges and JAVA - Brooklyn Park & Eden
pervising professional finan- skills, demonstrable problem cial records. Uphold the terior T.I. build-out, masonry Universities (MnSCU) voca- Prairie
cial operations staff, effective solving ability, and indepen- UYW’s mission of undoing all restoration equipment, trac- tional teaching license. A JAVASCRIPT - Brooklyn Park
verbal and written communi- dent decision-making while forms of inequality in all ad- tion and hydraulic elevators, Bachelor’s degree for faculty & Eden Prairie
cations skills; ability to work working as part of a team ef- ministrative practices, and HVAC, plumbing fire protec- positions is strongly preferred. Linux (UNIX I & 11) - Brook-
effectively with administra- fort. Successful candidates procedures. Oversee produc- tion, controls, electrical, fire                                                  lyn Park & Eden Prairie
tors, faculty, and staff, sound must also pass written, oral tion of the annual fees pro- alarm, and low voltage.                  Current Faculty Positions         Novell Networking - Brook-
judgment and initiative; famil- boards, agility, psychological, posal. Other tasks as assigned.                                    Open:                               lyn Park & Eden Prairie
iarity with MIS systems.           and medical exams and a com-                                      PCL encourages all targeted Instructor - Diesel Equipment       NT Networking - Brooklyn
                                   plete background investiga- Required                              group businesses (TGB’s) to Technology, Brooklyn Park Park & Eden Prairie
Preferred: Experience in/dem- tion.                                The ability to demonstrate submit bids for this project. Campus                                   AS/400 - Eden Prairie Oracle -
onstrated understanding of a                                       knowledge of, and experience We also expect that all bidding Instructor - Automotive Me- Eden Prairie
complex academic, govern- Written testing date sched- with anti-oppression work.                     subcontractors expend every chanics Technology, Brook- Access - Brooklyn Park & Eden
ment, or non-profit organiza- uled for Saturday, August 19, Good verbal and written com- good faith effort to achieve lyn Park Campus                                  Prairie
tional setting; experience with 2000. Candidates who are li- munication skills. Ability to maximum participation by Instructor - Greenhouse Pro- Advanced Programming Lan-
university financial manage- censed peace officers with two operate applications for win- TGB’s                                     duction, Landscape Horticul- guages (C, Basic, Visual Ba-
ment systems.                      years of LE experience within dows IE Microsoft word, Ex-                                        ture, Brooklyn Park Campus sic, Visual C+ RPG, COBOL)
                                   the past 5 years may waive the cel. The ability to work collec- Plans are available for viewing Instructor - Architectural - ALL Advanced Program-
Submit a cover letter, resume, initial exam.                       tively with others.               at: KKE Architects, Minne- Drafting, Eden Prairie Cam- ming Classes are taught at
college transcripts reflecting                                                                       apolis Builders Exchange, St. pus                                 Eden Prairie campus
degree(s), and three letters of To obtain an application,call Preferred                              Paul Builders Exchange, Con- Instructor - Licensed Practical
reference to: Extension Hu- the Job Line at 952-939-8212 or A student currently attend- struction Bulletin, FW Dodge, Nursing, Eden Prairie Cam- Call Linda Davis, 612-
man Resources, 260 Coffey visit ing the University of Minne- N.A,M.C., and PCL’s Burns- pus (Bachelor of Science/ 550-2484 or fax resume to
Hall, 1420 Eckles Avenue,                   sota.                             ville Office.                  Nursing REQUIRED)                612-550-3178. HTC is an AA/
St. Paul, MN 55108. Phone                                                                                                          Instructor - Networking and EEO employer and educator.
612-624-3717. Fax 612-624- Application deadline: July If you are interested please                         PCL Construction         Web Programming (Com-
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                                                                                                                                                                     self-motivated individual for
2000.                                                              to:                                    Attn: Trent Johnson       Brooklyn Park Campus
                                                                                                                                                                     administrative responsibili-
                                   Women and minorities are                Sue Lindgren               12200 Nicollet Ave. South                                      ties, including client interac-
Refer to Extension’s Web site encouraged to apply.                        University YW                  Bumsville, MN 55337       For a one-page description of
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                                                                                                                                                                     efits and encourages innova-          Minnetonka, MN 55345          Transpeople, women from the           An Equal Opportunity      terested in. To apply, please
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rector/positions.html. The U           An Affirmative Action       GLBT community, and women                    Employer           send cover letter and resume
                                                                                                                                                                     courage people of color and
of MN is an equal opportunity                 Employer             of color and disabled women M/F/V/H                             to Darren Hoff, Personnel Of-
                                                                                                                                                                     survivors of domestic violence
educator and employer.                                             are strongly encouraged to                                      ficer, Hennepin Technical
                                                                                                                                                                     who have strong time man-
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seeks part time Community cations Manager to manage
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Relations Coordinator to es- the communications function
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