In Minnesota, we have many options to vote, and our state makes it very easy to vote if you so desire and are eligible. Polling locations are required to be accessible and absentee ballots are available to any eligible registered voter. During a pandemic, it is important to understand your voting rights, as well.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are accessible to all Minnesotans. The DNR provides several programs for individuals with disabilities including special hunts, accessible hunting stands, and wildlife viewing platforms. WMAs are generally closed to motorized travel but the DNR, through their area wildlife managers, are committed to working closely with individuals with mobility disabilities to gain motorized accommodations to over 1,400 WMAs.
Thanks to the ADA, people with disabilities are able to enjoy access to buildings and places that were previously inaccessible to them, improving their quality of life and levels of independence.
Minnesotans who use the PCA program are not able to use their caregivers to drive them around their community. Senate bill SF2715 would permit people with disabilities to have their PCA’s drive them under the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. MCD Council Member and advocate Ted Stamp testified to the impact this bill would have on his life.
With the first major snowstorm of the season, the Minnesota Council on Disability asks you to remove the snow from your sidewalks and curb ramps. Sidewalks and curb ramps are lifelines for many people with disabilities and for our senior community.
Wednesday, August 28 is Read & Ride Day at the Fair. Guests with a valid public library card receive discounted admission prices. Visit the stage shows and join the family fun at Dan Patch Park. Remember, the Minnesota State Fair is committed to providing equal access and a pleasant experience for all guests. Accessibility services are offered to ensure that the Great Minnesota Get-Together is for Everyone.