In Minnesota over the last five years, there has been a surge in lawsuits around the state that target businesses for not meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) has dedicated staff and resources to aid business owners in their efforts to meet ADA obligations.
With the conclusion of the 2019 Minnesota legislative session, the Council on Disability expresses gratitude to all legislators and policy partners for their collaboration on issues identified in our 2019 Public Policy agenda. This is a summary of the policy issues that the Council worked on and the result our work.
Having just passed a single budget, our legislative leaders have called a special session to pass a two year budget for the state. The Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President reached a budget agreement, which must be finalized in conference committees during the special session.
May 16th marks the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day to think about how people with disabilities interact with the digital environment. As an introduction to digital accessibility, we offer some tips to make your Word documents more accessible.
State of MN employees celebrated 10 years of the Digital Accessibility Law, requiring state government to comply with standard for equal access to information for all Minnesotans. The event honored key legislators and advocates, and demoed tech used by people with disabilities.
As the Legislature builds the state budget for the next two years, MCD will create an overview of certain omnibus bills and how the proposals will affect Minnesotans with disabilities. This omnibus bill makes policy changes and fiscal appropriations for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Health.