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Input from individuals with disabilities, their families, advocacy organizations, service providers and others is being sought on a draft plan that will help Minnesota develop the next generation of opportunities for people with disabilities. A subcabinet of state agency leaders led by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is holding listening sessions throughout the state. The next session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Duluth City Hall Council Chambers, 411 W. First St., Duluth.
The subcabinet is particularly interested in hearing from people with disabilities and their families about what things need to change in the system regarding housing, employment, transportation, supports and services, and community engagement. The listening sessions will also provide a forum for stakeholders and providers to discuss necessary system changes for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
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. As part of the settlement of a 2011 federal court case involving the treatment of clients at a DHS facility, the state set out to develop an Olmstead Plan. The plan is not only intended to carry out the actions agreed to in the settlement but also to chart a course that will help ensure Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life in the most integrated setting.
Another listening session is planned for Rochester (Aug. 19). More information about subcabinet listening sessions is on the Olmstead Plan website. Comments on the draft Olmstead plan can be sent to email@example.com until Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m.