Sruthi Subramanian is a high school student from Arden Hills, Minnesota who created a film documentary about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She submitted her documentary to the National History Day Competition and was a state finalist in Minnesota. The Minnesota Council on Disability asked Sruthi to share her experience in a guest blog about creating the documentary and her thoughts on how younger generations can get more involved in Disability Rights Advocacy.
MCD is pleased to invite Jillian Nelson as our World Autism Awareness Day guest contributor. Jillian is a Queer autistic advocate from Saint Paul. She is the Community Resource and Policy Advocate for the Autism Society of MN and a member of the Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities, the State Rehabilitation Council, and Co-Chair of the Anti- Discrimination and Intersectionality committee for the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. Jillian is determined to change the narrative about what autistic people are capable of and what life with autism is like.
The Community Council will advise and collaborate with the One Minnesota Council in achieving its goals to design, create, and implement effective, inclusive, and equitable practices for the State to address disparities and inequities in our communities.
Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan answered questions for their Budget Engagement Series. Disability advocates must stay vigilant and ensure that our elected officials follow through with their promises. The Minnesota Council on Disability will continue to monitor the budget-making process and advise the Governor and legislators on how to best support and empower the disability community.
MCD would like to share the following message from Disability Hub MN: State health officials urge Minnesotans to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. That call to action is especially true for people with disabilities. Support workers, friends and loved ones are encouraged to help the people who may need help scheduling their vaccine, especially for those lacking the best information or internet access.
Rick Cardenas passed away on March 10, 2021. Rick was a strong presence in Minnesota’s disability community. He remained true to himself and strong in his dedication to improving access for everyone.