2011: The METO Lawsuit
Steve Larson, Public Policy Director
The Arc Minnesota
"The Arc Minnesota provides advocacy and support for persons with disabilities. We are contacted by persons with disabilities when they're having problems with the schools or with social services, or just need to plan for their lives and the services they need."
Minnesota Disability Law Center
"The Minnesota Disability Law Center is a statewide program of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and we are the designated Protection and Advocacy program for Minnesota."
Roberta Opheim, State Ombudsman
Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
"The Office of Ombudsman is a small, independent state agency that reports to the Governor and receives citizen complaints about the care and treatment that they're receiving for mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency, and children with emotional disturbance."
Self advocates discuss aspects of the METO settlement in these video interviews.
Person Centered Planning
"That means to have dreams, big dreams, and to keep your dreams. To achieve your dreams. You could have a dream all the way up to going to college if you haven't gone to college. You can get your own driver's license. You can run your own meetings. You can have friends over. You can go out to the movies. You can dance. You can have parties. You can be with your family, with your friends. It means to have, you know to, kind of take aside, take charge of what you want in your life and dream big."
Self-Advocate Mary Raasch