The Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) looks forward to bringing the disability community, disability-related nonprofits, state agency leaders, our staff and council members, and elected officials together at the Minnesota State Fair to celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
As usual, we’ll be in Education Building from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm every day, August 24 through September 4, 2023.
1321-1353 Snelling Ave N.
Falcon Heights, MN 55108
Notice: The entrance to the Education Building is on Cosgrove Street, off Dan Patch Avenue.
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Stop by the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) booth and visit with special guests! Stay connected for updates on guests and activities at our booth. We want to make your visit to our booth accessible. MCD offers a schedule of ASL and CART services:
MCD knows that public input and advocacy are essential to crafting good policy and making Minnesota fully inclusive for people with disabilities. There are often real or perceived barriers to engaging with government. We are committed to removing those barriers. That’s why we have invited state government officials to our booth for relaxed, informal conversations. This is your chance to talk with executive branch officers, legislators, and commissioners to tell them what you think they need to know.
State Agency Commissioners and Officials
Bringing the leadership of Minnesota’s various agencies and departments to our booth serves an important role in making the state better for people with disabilities. You, as a member of the public, can provide input and perspectives on disability rights and inclusivity. Your conversations give commissioners vital insights they can use to craft and implement policies that will affect various aspects of your life.
All Minnesotans are represented by members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate. When these legislators visit our booth, they come to learn how they can better serve their constituents and be a voice for people with disabilities in the legislature.
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
Both Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are committed to an inclusive and accessible Minnesota. Whether pursuing funding in budget proposals or seeking to reform administrative practices in the state, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor continue to use their platforms to expand access, inclusion, and equity for Minnesotans with disabilities.
Secretary of State Steve Simon
Secretary Simon is committed to making voting more accessible for Minnesotans with disabilities. Whether he’s improving the accessibility of physical polling locations or expanding mail-in and early voting, Secretary Simon continues to make the civic process fair and possible for all Minnesotans.
Attorney General Keith Ellison
Attorney General Ellison is committed to ensuring people with disabilities have their rights and well-being properly protected in Minnesota law. He has, for example, established a Civil Rights Division in his office to enhance anti-discrimination consumer protections.
Other Special Guests
- Disability Partner Organizations
- State Agency Partners
- MCD Council Members
- MCD Staff
Public Policy Survey
The 2023 legislative session is over, and we are looking ahead to 2024! Take our 2024 Public Policy Survey, and tell us what issues are important to you. We will have paper copies and QR codes available if you want to take the survey at the booth.
Can’t wait to share your feedback? Take the 2024 Public Policy Survey now. Help us make the 2024 legislative session another impactful one for people with disabilities in Minnesota.
Be sure to pick up plenty of materials and resources:
- MCD Agency Brochure (PDF)
- Keep Moving Forward Activity Book
- Emergency Preparedness Plan for People with Disabilities
- Emergency Preparedness Go Bag
- Disability Pride buttons
- Treat People Like People materials
- Other disability resources
Accessibility Services at the State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair works to provide equal access and a pleasant experience for all guests. We list some of the accessibility services the State Fair offers to ensure that the Great Minnesota Get-Together is for Everyone.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
COVID-19 continues to affect members of our community. When you visit the MCD booth, we encourage you to do what you must to protect your own health and safety. We recognize what may feel safe to one person may not be the same for another and ask you to respect those choices.
Here are four tips to keep everyone healthy:
- Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, and then throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth – with unwashed hands.