The text version of Governor Walz’ Day of Persons with Disabilities Day proclamation.
Brittanie Wilson, MCD’s Communication Officer, shares her experience going to Washington, DC to advocate for the Build Back Better Act and its inclusion of more funding for Personal Care Attendants and other homecare services. Contrary to the admonitions of “Pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and “Be independent,” our shared reality is much different. We rely on one another to thrive.
A graduate student and faculty member at Chico State University are studying the experiences and perceptions of Hmong parents of children with disabilities. Individuals in the study will be asked about experiences with their children with disabilities, and the physical activity of those children. Participants will meet once for approximately 30 to 45 minutes by phone or video platform at a time that is convenient for them.
Continuing to celebrate NDEAM, MCD puts the spotlight on Minnesotans with disabilities seeking employment. Meet Nick Wilkie. Nick is a fun-loving person who is passionate about building relationships while enjoying a good laugh. He talks about how he got started in his career and why following your passion is the key to success.
To celebrate NDEAM, MCD puts the spotlight on Minnesotans with disabilities seeking employment. Meet Dupree Edwards. Dupree is a local rapper and performing artist. Dupree talks about how essential job coaches are in finding competitive integrated employment and why people with disabilities deserve to move up the career ladder.
To celebrate NDEAM, MCD is putting the spotlight on Minnesotans with disabilities seeking employment. Erin Thomson is the owner of RolledClay, a local, online jewelry and accessory shop. Erin talks about the ableism and discrimination she experienced while searching for work and how “showing the world what two disabled hands can do” has led her down a path to success.
Folks with disabilities have been adapting to a world not built for them for thousands of years. MCD is working to flip this view on its head: a reasonable accommodation adapts a portion of the world to the needs of people with disabilities. Providing employees with the tools and supports they need, regardless of ability level, is just good business. When employees succeed, businesses succeed!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! NDEAM acknowledges the many contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. It’s time to HIRE, RETAIN, AND PROMOTE US! There can be no economic justice without including the disability community! Learn how you can get involved.
MCD shares the following information from our partners at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development: Please join us for our annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) presentation, Oct. 4, 10-11:30 am. This presentation for employers, Vocational Rehabilitation professionals, and disabled veteran staff will speak to the three stages of progress of the field employment of persons with disabilities over the last 30 years.
MCD encourages you to register for Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater’s free online Care Work Workshops! Each workshop will include a discussion of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice. Aegor Ray, a queer and trans writer, multidisciplinary artist, and organizer will facilitate the events. Attendees can also participate in art activities, such as weaving, and stamp making, led by teaching artists Nailah Taman and Julie Boada.