Forging a New Reality

Bruce Kappel, consultant to the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, attended the Alliance for Full Participation Conference held in Washington DC on September 22-23, 2005. Bruce interviewed several self advocates, parents, and professionals to capture the critical issues facing the field. Forging a New Reality provides a summary of those statements.

A New Way of Thinking
A Fundamental Dynamic – Power, Control, Empowerment
A Focused Vision with Empowering Supports
The Big Leap – One Agenda
The New Baseline and Funding for Value
Expanding the Opportunities for People with Disabilities to Exercise Power and Control
Challenging the Broader Community to Do Its Job

Leading Edge Resources

The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is continuously collecting ideas and resources that can be shared with broad audiences. This section provides helpful web sites and descriptions of supports that are on the cutting edge.

A Home of My Own
Lifelong Education
Real Work
Individual and Family Support
Getting to the Community – Access, Technology and Universal Design
EmPOWERment through Leadership Training
Leaps in Technology and Access to Information