Topic: Reforms / Public Policy
For Whose Good?
A 1982 overview of legislation designed to make it easier for people to get out of mental hospitals; broaden the service options available; and to insure humane, fair, and proper treatment.
Rep. Tony Coelho Testifies at the 1988 ADA Hearings
In 1988 Rep. Tony Coelho, in the first ADA hearings, testified that, "after my diagnosis of epilepsy, I was the same exact person, but my career plans, driving privileges, and the world around me changed."
Joint House/Senate Hearings on the ADA
In 1988, legislators and people with disabilities began the first hearings for the Americans with Disabilities Act, preventing discrimination on the basis of disability.
ADA Signing Ceremony
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush said, "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down" as he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ceremony is shown in its entirety.
Senator Lowell Weicker and John Doyle on Institutional Abuses
In the late 1990s, former senator Lowell Weicker and John Doyle, former staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped, recall how they first learned about abuse in institutions.
To Bridge the Gap: Photography and Narration by Gerald F. Walsh
Gerald Walsh documented his 1960s-era tour of facilities in Europe, "where they have found the answers we are still seeking. The time has come to import the experience and ideas of these experts."
We're Here to Speak for Justice: 40th Anniversary of the Founding of California's Regional Centers
This 1999 video details the legal, budgetary, political, social, legislative, education, and medical aspects of California's Lanterman Act, which closed institutions and opened community-based service centers.
Senator Lowell Weicker and John Doyle on the Education for All Handicapped Children Act
In the late 1990s, former senator Lowell Weicker and John Doyle recalled President Reagan's efforts to eliminate the law now known as I.D.E.A., and the ensuing protests by parents.
Dr. Lou Brown: Raising the expectations to support community services
In 1987 Dr. Lou Brown, an internationally-acclaimed leader in special education, looked ahead to an era of meaningful employment, inclusive schools, and housing in the community.
Dr. Lou Brown: Community services with a residual population qualifier
In 1987 Dr. Lou Brown, an acclaimed leader in special education, talked about how it takes energy, resources and time in order to get people charged up about developing community services.
Pete Benner Part 1: Planning for Closures
In 2001 Pete Benner, Executive Director of AFSCME, describes how closure of Minnesota institutions began as a result of budget cuts.
Pete Benner Part 2: The Beginning of State Operated Community Services
In 2001 Pete Benner, Executive Director of AFSCME, describes how workers in the campus-based institutional structure transitioned to providing community-based services.
In 2001, Pete Benner, Executive Director of AFSCME, describes how workers, communities, clients and families got what they needed as Minnesota institutions were closed.
Bruce Johnson Part 1: A Catalyst of Deinstitutionalization
In 2001, Bruce Johnson spoke of his service as Commissioner of Children, Families, and Learning, and his work to close state hospitals. View here.
In 2001 Bruce Johnson, who led a task force to close state hospitals, described the common objectives among state agencies, labor unions, legislators, and city and county government officials.
Bruce Johnson Part 3: The Complexity of Closure Negotiations
In 2001 Bruce Johnson, who led a task force to close state hospitals, described the different situations at the facilities and the misconceptions of deinstitutionalization.
Len Levine Part 1: Transitioning into the Community
In 2001 Len Levine, who worked on Minnesota's transition to community-based services, described how it was important to have experienced staff available for transitions.
Len Levine Part 2: The Team of Governor Rudy Perpich and DHS Commissioner Len Levine
In 2001 Len Levine, who worked on Minnesota's transition to community-based services, said it was important to allow people to keep their private income. View here.
Len Levine Part 3: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Awards the Radisson Hotel an Employment Award
In 2001 Len Levine, who worked on Minnesota's transition to community-based services, described how administrators were motivated by the painful comments of people with disabilities.
In 2001 Len Levine, who worked on Minnesota's transition to community-based services, described the positive legacy of getting people into homes of their own.
Toni Lippert Part 1: Special Education for All
In 2001 Toni Lippert, formerly of the Metropolitan Council, said people with multiple disabilities need to have the same attention and programming as others.
Toni Lippert Part 2: Establishing Group Homes
In 2001 Toni Lippert, formerly of the Metropolitan Council, spoke about developing the rules governing community home programs.
In 2001 Toni Lippert, formerly of the Metropolitan Council, recalled the efforts and opposition to establishing community group homes.
Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie Part 1
In 2001, former Minnesota Governor Al Quie recalled committee meetings in the 1950s that focused on educable children with disabilities.
Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie part 2
In 2001, former Minnesota Governor Al Quie reminisced about serving on the congressional committee that authored what is now known as IDEA.
Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie part 3
In 2001, former Minnesota Governor Al Quie spoke of how people share their values when sharing stories, which helps build collaboration in finding solutions to problems.
John Rynders Part 2: University Experts Visit Cambridge
In 2001, University of Minnesota professor John Rynders described how his group's documentation on institutional life helped start the deinstitutionalization movement.
In 2001 Jerry Walsh, first executive director of Arc Minnesota, described how they identified staffing shortages in institutions and were able to increase budgets for staff.
Molly Woerhlin Part 1: Parent Advocacy in the 1960s
In 2001 Molly Woerhlin, past president of Arc Minnesota, described how theirs was a state-wide organization in the 1960s with no bureaucratic or political constraints.
Molly Woerhlin Part 2: Visiting State Hospitals with Legislators
In 2001 Molly Woerhlin, past president of Arc Minnesota, spoke of how important it was in the 1960s for legislators to visit state institutions.
In 2001 Molly Woerhlin, past president of Arc Minnesota, spoke of how important it was for legislators to visit state institutions and the sense of urgency that parents brought to policy discussions.
Lyle Wray Part 1: The Magnitude of Change
In 2001 Lyle Wray, former court-appointed monitor for the Welsch case, said there have been tremendous changes in institutions, but residents are still away from families and community involvement.
In 2001 Lyle Wray, former court-appointed monitor for the Welsch case, said changes in state institutions were fundamentally driven by the parent movement.
With an Eye to the Future Launch: David Durenberger
In 2017, former senator David Durenberger spoke of the incredible gift of learning from other people, especially when sharing one another's experiences in times of crises.
In 2010, specialist Allan Bergman gave a detailed overview of the DD Act and its evolution to provide legal services, advocacy, assistive technology, and supports for people with developmental disabilities.
In 2015, quality specialist Bill Harreld outlined a series of continuous improvement techniques that have helped the MN Council and other groups in their quest for excellence in everything they think, do, and say.
1. Quality and the Baldrige Framework
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld described the important concepts for an organization to consider as it begins the journey to improve its techniques and thinking.
2. Quality: Customer Feedback and Customer Satisfaction
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld emphasized the importance of listening to the voice of the customer to determine what they are thinking, saying, feeling, complimenting or complaining about.
3. Quality: Customer Segmentation
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld defined a customer segment as a group of individuals that have specific needs, requirements and expectations that are distinct from other customer segments.
4. Quality: Customer Experience
In 2015, quality specialist Bill Harreld said providing effective customer support is dependent on understanding the customers' world and understanding their emerging requirements and expectations.
5. Quality: Actionable Items, Pareto Charts, and Fact-based Management
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld said the effectiveness of action items to improve plans, processes and results depends on understanding the cause and effect connections.
6. Quality: The Process Diagram and Root Cause Analysis
In 2015, quality specialist Bill Harreld described process analysis as examining what's taking place during each step in a process, from the beginning to the end, and what are solutions to problems that occur.
7. Quality: The Process Improvement Team and Plan-Do-Check-Act
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld described the process improvement team as the people who understand the process best and can make changes that improve customer satisfaction. View here.
8. Quality: The Business Organization Profile, Alignment, and Supplier Management
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld explained how an organizational profile presents the big picture for understanding factors that impact the organization and how decisions are made.
9. Quality: Business Results, Benchmarking and ROI
In 2015, quality improvement specialist Bill Harreld defined business results as performance measures that demonstrate the quality and value of services which lead to customer engagement and satisfaction.
10. Quality in the Public Sector
In 2015, quality specialist Bill Harreld said the MN Council's commitment to quality focused on the DD Act's IPSII outcomes: Independence, Productivity, Self-determination, Integration and Inclusion.
Pamela Hoopes: Community Based Staff Training
In 2012, attorney Pamela Hoopes said an important aspect of reforms is to include positive behavior intervention training for the staff of community-based facilities and residences.
Pamela Hoopes: Discharge Planning
In 2012, attorney Pamela Hoopes said discharge planning is an important area of focus that is now part of the process from the beginning, with proper emphasis on stabilization and return to the community.
Steve Larson: How Can the Public Get Involved?
In 2012 Steve Larson, of The Arc of Minnesota, said the public can see where they can get involved in improving Minnesota's service system by visiting their website, www.arcmn.org.
Steve Larson: Introduction
In 2012 Steve Larson, of The Arc of Minnesota, said persons with disabilities contact them when they're having problems with schools or need to plan for their lives and what social services they need.
Steve Larson: What is Rule 40?
In 2012 Steve Larson, of The Arc of Minnesota, described new state guidelines for using restraint, with oversight so that it's done minimally, with a proactive plan to prevent those incidents.
Steve Larson: What is Positive Planning?
In 2012 Steve Larson, of The Arc of Minnesota, said positive programming is well known and taught around the country as a means of coping with people that are potentially violent.
The ADA and Its History
In 2012, Judge Stephen Rau explained how the ADA was enacted, the spirit and intent of the law, and summarized provisions in Titles I- IV.