Watch these moving brief stories of individuals whose lives have benefitted from the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Candidate Forms for the Duluth Area

Upcoming candidate forums hosted by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce are being held virtually over zoom this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a great way to learn more about the candidates and their views before election day. Sign up to join one or all the listed forums and you will also be able to submit a question to the News Tribune before the forum takes place.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 (Minnesota House District 7A: Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL, vs. Tom Sullivan, R; and Minnesota House District 7B: Rep. Liz Olson, DFL, vs. Art Johnston, R). Pre-register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QnGHjNLNSjaTOstnYt6Abw

Wednesday, Sept. 30 (Minnesota Senate District 3: Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL vs. Christopher Hogan, R; and Minnesota Senate District 7: Donna Bergstrom, R, vs. Jennifer McEwen, DFL). Pre-register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tq5dIaGOSc2I7Z0CQAPwtQ

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (Eighth Congressional District Rep. Pete Stauber, R, vs.          Quinn Nystrom, D). Pre-register here:    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__4DyGl2oRzyckmBmRGoy_Q


Partners in Policymaking

Recruitment is underway for Class 38 Partners in Policymaking®!  Learn from national and state subject matter experts how to influence and achieve meaningful change in our systems and the public policies that support people with disabilities.  Discover your voice and help others to get their voices heard.  There are now more than 1,080 Minnesota Partners graduates – self advocates and parents of young children with developmental disabilities who have shared their life experiences and expertise to bring meaningful change to  our delivery systems and the public policies that support people with disabilities.

Application deadline is July 10, 2020.  For more information and an application, go to http://mn.gov/mnddc/pipm  and click on the link to Class 38.


Questions about voting in Minnesota?

Check out the “2020 How to Vote” Guide from the Office of the MN Secretary of State:

2020 How to Vote



Your Participation in the 2020 Census is Critical

By April 2020, you will be asked to participate in the 2020 Census. Over the next ten years, census counts will be used to determine funding for programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), transportation planning, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, civil rights and advocacy programs, education and student loans, and the number of congressional districts in Minnesota.

MCD encourages full participation for everyone in the 2020 Census so that we can maintain funding in these critical areas.

The Census Bureau has identified people with disabilities as a group that is “hard-to-count,” mainly because past versions of the Census were inaccessible. This year the Census will be digitally accessible. For more information, visit MCD’s 2020 Census page.

Participating in the Census does not make your information public. According to Title 13 of US Code, data collected for the Census is secure and safe. Information from the Census is not shared with any other government entity.

For assistance in filling out the census, please go to your local Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Olmstead Now Accepting Public Comments

MCD shares the following information on behalf of the Olmstead Implementation Office (OIO):

The vision of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan is that people with disabilities are living, learning, working and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. We want Minnesotans with disabilities to live their best lives.

In Fall 2019, OIO collected comments about what was working with the Olmstead Plan and how it could be improved. In December 2019, state agencies proposed draft amendments to ensure that its goals continue to meet the needs of people with disabilities in Minnesota.

The public has until January 31, 2020 to provide feedback on these draft amendments.

Visit Minnesota’s Olmstead page to learn how to provide public comments.

Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol

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.

  • Equity: People with disabilities must have access to opportunity and robust supports that help ensure they will succeed in all areas of life.
  • Belonging in Community: People with disabilities must be meaningfully included in their communities; living, working and thriving.
  • Human Rights: People with disabilities must have civil, political, social, and cultural rights and live free from discrimination.

Join us as we March and Roll on the Capitol:
Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. to noon

Activities include:

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Registration and Poster Making, MnDOT Cafeteria
  • 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – Roll and March to the Capitol
  • 11:00 to 11:40 a.m. – Rally at the Capitol Rotunda

To register, contact The Arc Minnesota at 952.920.0855.

For more information, follow Disability Advocacy Day at the Capitol’s Facebook page.





Seeking Board Members

Arc Northland currently has open positions on the Board of Directors for an individual with a marketing/communications background and an individual with legal background.  For more information please contact Laurie Berner, Executive Director at lberner@arcnorthland.org



Free App to Help You Tell Your Story to Public Officials

Partners in Policymaking has a great app available to help you compose and practice your personal story to present to elected public officials or other policymakers. Learn the best ways to introduce yourself and talk about your issue, record and practice your story, and include a photo if you would like.