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      The true power of self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities and their families was a message that inspired everyone who attended the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living annual dinner Oct. 2010.

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    Disability Rights Movement

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    "MnCARRS is a community partnership composed of Mn/DOT employees and community leaders representing minority communities’ women, veterans and people with disabilities. This collaboration was created to build recruitment partnerships between Mn/DOT and communities that are underrepresented. Through these efforts more than 30 minority communities members were referred and placed; among them, four from the disability community."

    "With the encouragement of a group of Wisconsin parents of young adults with disabilities, ProAct has created a new program that combines work, life skills training and recreation called “Life Opportunities,” a highly active and mobile effort to serve recent transition program graduates from Hudson High School and others in the area."

    "Hancox recommended that we ask our students (and ourselves) to explore how we would finish these statements: I want…I don’t want…I like…I don’t like… “We’re all in this alone together,” said Hancox."

    August 2009 - "METO, the Minnesota Extended Treatment Option at Cambridge, opened in 1999 to serve persons with developmental disabilities who present a risk to public safety. Last September, the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities documented excessive use of restraints at the program in a report, Just Plain Wrong. Last month a METO resident filed a lawsuit in federal district court seeking redress for residents who had been subject to restraint procedures there."

    Health Reform is here to stay.

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