Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Norman, Otter Tail & Wilkin counties.
Health Care Bills are not currently being debated.
Concerns on Block Grants or Per Capita Caps & Minnesota’s Medicaid Program from the Department of Human Services.
Arc MN Public Policy Priorities 2017 updates:
President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, making it easier for Americans with disabilities to save for their long-term care. The legislation, which has been described as, “the broadest legislation to help people with disabilities in nearly a quarter-century,” would allow families with children who have disabilities to open up 529-style tax-free savings accounts for them to build wealth and financial independence. More particulars to come, after each state defines their parameters. Minnesota has an ABLE plan, as of January 31st, 2017. Arc US details on ABLE Plans. National Able Resource Center. Condensed version of ABLE webinar on Qualified Expenses.
The ABLE National Resource Center announced that the total annual contribution limit to an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) account will rise from $14,000 per tax year to $15,000 per tax year, beginning in 2018
Regulations governing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation.The registrations outline limitations on use of Sub minimum Wage. Power point presentation to educate the public about WIOA.
The Safe and Supportive Schools Act to help prevent bullying in our schools passed April 9th, 2014.
Reform 2020. There is potential to reform the long-term services and supports system for persons with disabilities to be more self-directed and responsive to individual needs. Includes the waiting list, self direction, quality assurance, emerging populations (individuals with autism and ethnic minorities), and PCA services.The Arc Minnesota’s Vision for Services and Supports
Updated Department of Human Services (DHS) fact sheets that highlight programs serving persons with disabilities.
Minnesota Elected Officials
Talking with federal legislators is only as effective as one’s message. We want to be sure that you have all of the information and resources handy to help support your personal story of how cuts would hurt you, your family, and your community. To help you make your case, we encourage you to check out the fact sheets on these issues.
News stories from June 18th, 2011 Press Conference
Decisions at the State Capitol Affect ALL Minnesotans -
State Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Students With Disabilities
School districts must provide accommodations that children with disabilities need to take part in after-school and extracurricular activities, even if the activities aren't academically focused, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled. In the case in question, the parents of a fifth grader with autism and Tourette's Syndrome asked the district to provide services to allow their daughter to take part in volleyball and other after-school activities. The court said federal regulations "do not limit extracurricular and nonacademic activities included in an Individual Education Program (IEP) to extracurricular and nonacademic activities required to educate a disabled student." (Source: www.edweek.org)
Arc West Central Press Conference April 3rd, 2010
Arc West Central
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