Recruitment is underway for Partners in Policymaking® Class 31! The Application Booklet with session dates, topics for each weekend session, FAQs about the Partners program, and the Application itself are available at http://mngts.org/partnersinpolicymaking/index.php. We encourage Minnesotans to review the application materials, share with self advocates and parents of young children with developmental disabilities, and encourage them to apply for Class 31. The Application can be completed online; the deadline is July 15, 2013. (4/3/13)
FFY 2013 Training Conferences Cosponsorship Funds Awarded: Thirteen Minnesota organizations were recently awarded cosponsorship funds for training conferences. The conferences provide opportunities for participants to learn about best practices, and develop or strengthen their personal leadership skills. The expectation is that these training experiences will result in increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families. (2/15/13)
On January 28, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order creating a 10 member Governor appointed Sub-Cabinet to "promptly develop and implement a comprehensive Minnesota Olmstead Plan" that reflects the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and is consistent with the Olmstead decision that interpreted Title II of the ADA. Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will chair the Sub-Cabinet. (Updated 1/29/13)
The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has issued its 2012 Annual Report. (Updated 1/16/13)
The Arc Minnesota posts regular updates on a range of issues on its Public Policy web page during the legislative session. Comments to the monthly Capitol Focus blog are welcome and the Action Alert Network provides email notification to subscribers about ongoing issues or opportunities to become more involved in the work of The Arc Minnesota.
A Measures That Matter Data Brief has just been issued about the findings from a National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs that focuses specifically on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). More than 3,500 Minnesota households were contacted and more than 7,000 children screened for a special health care need. The Data Brief is a joint effort between the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services.
The 2009 Minnesota Legislature directed the Steering Committee on Performance and Outcome Reforms to establish and review performance and outcome standards for all "essential human services" considering the current level of available resources. The Final Steering Committee Report contains recommendations for measures and standards for a performance management system and a continuous improvement process.
The online course, Partners in Education, is now available in Spanish. The Spanish translation can be accessed directly at the Partners in Policymaking website, as a separate link from the home page. (11/29/12)
The Promise of Olmstead: Recommendations of the Olmstead Planning Committee is now available for review at the Planning Committee website. (10/31/12)
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities has been named a 2012 Tekne Award finalist by the Minnesota High Tech Association for the Autism 5-Point Scale EP app. The Mobile & Communication Technologies Award that the Council will receive recognizes innovation in mobile applications and electronic communications. (9/19/12)
The Autism 5-Point Scale EP app, designed and developed as an emergency planning and preparedness tool for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has received a Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA), in the Government-to-citizen State Government category. This app can help facilitate communications and interactions between individuals with ASD and first responders in a broad range of emergency situations. We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Autism Society of Minnesota for their leadership with the Emergency Planning and Preparedness Project that included the development of this app. (8/24/12)
1962/2012 Minnesota Survey of Attitudes Regarding Developmental Disabilities: Perceptions, awareness, beliefs, and attitudes about people with developmental disabilities have changed substantially in the past 50 years. MarketResponse International has just completed a survey of the general population in Minnesota that shows these marked shifts. (4/3/12)
The Autism Society of Minnesota not only offers a broad range of services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families but values and supports the many partnerships with community resources and other service providers. Further information about these services, educational classes, and support groups is available here:
AuSM-mental-health-services-brochure.pdf MHS-We-are-growing.pdf (3/6/12)
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