Seeking Participation in Transportation Survey
We would like to invite you to participate in a national survey titled, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of ADA Regional Centers (PIs: Lex Frieden and Joy Hammel). This project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities (For more information, visit the website: www.adaparc.org). We would like to improve our understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels.
We are very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation.
Please use the link below to access and complete the survey. The online survey can be completed in English or Spanish. This is the second round of data collection for this survey, so if you have already completed it, please do not complete the survey again.
If you would like to complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 312-996-9655. If you would like to complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this survey, please contact Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jill Bezyak, PhD, CRC, Licensed Psychologist
Rehabilitation Counseling and Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA
The Disability Community, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and MSCOD, proudlypresent Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA, created by tpt journalist, David Gillette. Mr. Gillette creates a short, engaging video to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA into law. We trust this whiteboard video essay offers a fun way to explore an overview of the ADA’s impact on the everyday lives of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in the workplace. View the video HERE. (Audio described version coming soon)
For more updates on the ADA 25th celebration, go here:http://adaminnesota.org/300/
Independently Speaking Spring 2015 Edition
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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!
To tell us your story, or to let us know how you plan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, contact David Shaw at email@example.com We hope to hear from you!
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!
Please support our exciting projects as they develop. Volunteer with one of our committees and help plan our celebrations and other activities. Committees meet monthly. Please contact Andrew Mosca at 651-361-7803 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to become involved.
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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.