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.
In the second week of session, MCD is focused on meeting committee deadlines. Essentially, individual bills (excluding bonding proposals) must be heard in committee in either the House or Senate to be considered in the end of the session. First deadline for either chamber is March 20.
The Minnesota Council on Disability kicked off the 2020 legislative session with bill hearings and meetings with legislators. The Council recently adopted its public policy agenda with its goals for the legislative session. The policy agenda focuses on equity, inclusion, and access for Minnesotans with disabilities.
Join us as we March and Roll on the Capitol for Disability Advocacy Day 2020 on February 25. The Disability Community believes that all Minnesotans with disabilities must have equity and belonging in their community. Together, we must uphold disability rights as human rights.
The Minnesota Council on Disability is excited to announce that Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan will be providing the welcoming address to the upcoming Legislative Forum on Disability. The Legislative Forum provides an opportunity for advocates and other disability stakeholders who develop, design, advocate for, and implement disability-related public policy to interact with lawmakers directly.
Public Policy Director Kody Olson was a guest speaker on a panel at the National Conference on State Legislators discussing the impact of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) related to the disability community. We believe that Connected and Autonomous Vehicles may reduce transportation barriers for people with disabilities, the aging population, low-income communities, and other transportation challenged populations. Adoption of the CAV technology may provide Minnesotans with broader access to live, work and play in their own community.