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April 29: State 'Listening Session' on Disability Policy
Event held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in CSU 253/254.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-24-2014
Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota Olmstead Subcabinet, led by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon,will conduct a listening session Tuesday, April 29 at Minnesota State University, Mankato to hear how the state can improve services for people with disabilities.
To help improve Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan – named for a federal requirement that states eliminate unnecessary segregation of those with disabilities – a series of listening sessions are taking place throughout the state. The Mankato session takes place 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in room 253 and 254 of Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union. (Participants will receive a parking pass for the Minnesota State Mankato visitor parking lot when they leave the session, and additional accessibility parking stalls will be available in lot 11.)
Staff seeks to hear from people with disabilities and their families as well as advocacy organizations and service providers. Topics of particular interest are housing, employment, transportation, services, support and community engagement.
“Minnesota has long been a leader in services for people with disabilities and continues to look for opportunities to help people live as independently as possible and have choices about their lives,” says Solon.
Those wishing to speak at the session are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include their name, the session date they plan to attend and whether they want to comment on the plan in general or on a specific topic area in the plan. It is asked that comments be kept within three minutes.
The Olmstead plan gets its name from a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to provide services to people with disabilities in the “most integrated settings” appropriate to their needs. Olmstead Plans are states’ written plans to implement such a goal, and Minnesota’s plan was created in 2013 with the understanding that it would continue to seek input from the public through a sub-cabinet chaired by Solon.
For more information, please contact Julie Snow, director of Accessibility Resources at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-2825 or by email at email@example.com.
Individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.