Independently Speaking Summer 2011
The latest edition of the newsletter is here!
MCIL’s Veteran Mentor Program for Hennepin County Court
The Ramp Program
For almost 20 years the ramp program has had the success in providing safe, affordable modular ramps and special steps for over 5,000 homes in the metro area. The award winning ramp manual “how to build RAMPS for home accessibility” provides the basic information and planning to meet local building codes and design a ramp for single –family homes.
Many community organizations have adopted the ramp program to assist a neighbor or friend who faces architectural barriers to their home. The Vet Volunteers have taken on a number of ramps to help a fellow vet in need of ramp. With MCIL drafting the plans, approval from the local building inspector and the volunteers the ramp was completed in two days. Pictured: vets building a ramp in West St. Paul.
Systems Advocacy at MCIL
Systems Advocacy deals with systems issues affecting people with disabilities, and getting them involved in community issues. Nick Wilkie, Systems Advocate, helped organize this year’s Disability Day at the Capitol with the State Council on Disability, Direct Support Professionals of Minnesota, and the Centers for Independent Living in both Rochester and St. Cloud. (See picture of participants outside Governors office writing comments.)
Nick also works with the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to help prepare the disability agenda for legislative sessions. In addition, he is working on systems issues including aging and disability, getting people with disabilities out to vote, housing, and grassroots efforts.
If you have questions or comments, contact Nick at email@example.com
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