News and Updates
Planning for an Emergency with Your Support Network
September is Emergency Preparedness Month. This year, as every year, the Minnesota Council on Disability reminds you that disasters and emergencies disproportionally impact people with disabilities. To minimize the effects of any emergency, planning is essential. Communication with your support network is critical for people with disabilities when planning for an emergency. The people physically closest to you—family you live with, roommates, your neighbors, and coworkers—are likely to be the ones around you when an emergency happens. Identify the supports you need to take shelter or evacuate in an emergency, and then create an emergency plan with them. Planning for an Emergency with Your Support Network
We support and promote public policy goals that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. MCD helps policymakers understand how their decisions affect the disability community and brings together members of the government and the public to comment on legislation.
Each legislative session, dozens of bills are introduced that impact the disability community. Some bills aim to help, while others could have negative consequences for Minnesotans with disabilities. We track disability-related bills that are introduced during the legislative session.
There are over half a million valid disability parking certificates and plates in Minnesota. We provide the “Do’s and Don’ts” of disability parking, as well as information on disability parking laws and regulations.
A service animal is a dog, or in some cases a miniature horse, individually trained to do work or perform tasks for someone with a disability. Service animals are different from Emotional Support Animals (ESA) and can go almost anywhere with their owners. MCD works to inform the public about service animals and protect the rights of people with disabilities.