Independently Speaking Spring 2015 Edition
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MCIL Welcomes New Executive Director
Ellie Emanuel, Board Chair
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
503 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101
The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jesse Bethke Gomez as the new Executive Director effective February 9, 2015. Jesse brings extensive and profound leadership experience and success having most recently served as Vice President of University Planning and Advancement at Metropolitan State University. Prior to his position at Metropolitan State University, Jesse served as President of CLUES, (Comunidades Latinas En Servicio). During his 16 years as President CLUES grew to be nationally recognized agency for their work in responsive health care including behavioral health to newcomer communities, help 9,000 job seekers obtain employment and grew client visits by a factor of 5 to over 38,000 visits annually. One of the highlights of his time at CLUES was their new building that is co-located with the Mexican Consulate.
“Jesse brings unparelled leadership in nonprofit administration combined with a commitment to lead MCIL in new directions and community partnerships to advance the lives of all people with disabilities throughout Minnesota.” stated Ellie Emanuel, Board Chair.
“Jessie’s numerous awards and educational background are equally impressive.” added Emanuel. He is currently serving on the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission following his appointment by the Minnesota State Supreme Court and by the Honorable Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. He is listed among the “100 Influential Healthcare Leaders in Minnesota” by the Minnesota Physicians Publication and was among the 100 leaders who participated in the first Hispanic Policy Summit held by the White House in 2011.
He currently holds a Masters of Management and Administration degree specializing in strategic leadership from Metropolitan State University and a national Kellogg Fellow, alumnus from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as an Emerging Leader in Public Health.
"It is truly a great honor to be selected as the next Executive Director for Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, whose Board of Directors, and staff are deeply dedicated to making an extraordinary difference for all who are served by this most impressive and important organization. I am looking forward to working with the Board, staff and all who contribute to the success of MCIL." added Bethke Gomez.
MSCOD’S ADA 25TH ANNIVERSARY LEGACY PROJECT
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 years old on July 26, 2015. The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is planning a number of activities leading up to and marking this historic day.
The MSCOD ADA 25 year Anniversary Legacy Project seeks to preserve and raise awareness of Minnesota’s role in the development of the ADA as well as celebrate Minnesota’s disability cultures in tandem with the 25 year anniversary of the passage of the ADA.
For more information about the Legacy Fund visit http://www.legacy.leg.mn/.
MSCOD’s Legacy Funds are administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center. Learn more about the Minnesota Humanities Center at http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/.
CALL TO ACTION!
Were you or your organization instrumental in the passing of the ADA? How has the ADA positively impacted your life? We want to hear your stories!
POSTER & VIDEO CONTEST
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, MSCOD is sponsoring a poster contest and a video contest to capture what the ADA means to people around the state of Minnesota.
Posters and videos submitted should creatively address the following question: “How has the ADA impacted society in general or your life in particular?”
Categories for Participation:
· Students in grades K-4
· Students in grades 5-8
· Students in grades 9-12
· Students in post-secondary education
· Adults – Professional
· Adults – Other
Learn more about the 25th Anniversary ADA Poster and Video Contests!
NATIONAL ADA LEGACY TOUR
The ADA Legacy Tour kicked off in July, traveling across the country raising awareness for next year’s 25th Anniversary of the ADA!
The tour stopped at St. Paul on August 6-7, and was hosted by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. For a full list of tour dates and more details on the tour, visit the ADA Legacy Tour page.
HERE’S WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON NEXT
· Seeking national speakers for an ADA Policy Conference on July 9th, 2015
· Finalizing details for the July 26th, 2015 ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Minnesota History Center
· Conducting the ADA survey
· Creating an historical documentary with TPT about Minnesota’s implementation of the ADA
· Poster and video contests
MORE DETAILS TO COME!
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St. Paul MN 55101
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Governor Dayton directs state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities.
Gov. Mark Dayton has directed state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities, seeking to reverse an alarming decline in the state’s hiring of disabled people.
The governor this week signed an executive order that directs state agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities to 7 percent by 2018, up from 3.2 percent in 2013.
The directive is a response to concerns that Minnesota has fallen behind much of the nation in the hiring and recruiting of people with physical and developmental disabilities. It also is seen as a way for Dayton to gain support among the nearly one in five Minnesotans who have a disability, defined as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s ability to perform a major activity.
MCIL offers its strong support for this executive order, and applauds Governor Dayton’s interest and intitiative on behalf of Minnesotans with disabilities.
MCIL has been a leader in its implementation and participation in a unique, national model of IL and VR cooperation, in partnership with MN DEED. Our IL/VR Collaboration enables MCIL to place IL specialists in each of the metro area Workforce Centers. This effort allow MCIL to work side-by-side with VR to provide IL supports concurrent with VR job training efforts. The intent is to provide these parallel services to increase a positive employment outcome. We believe that a positive employment outcome is enhanced by having good IL skills, and a successful IL experience includes meaningful employment.
Since its inception in 2008, the IL/VR collaboration has served between 1,000-1200 people per year, and has a 67% success rate of employment outcomes.
These efforts, among many other initiatives, along with Governor Dayton’s executive order will allow Minnesota to continue to address the significant unemployment of people with disabilities.