Voting

Voting

The Office of the Minnesota State Secretary of State has an abundance of voting information including tips and help for voters, polling place accessibility, where to vote and sample ballots. It also has information regarding rights on voting in regards to guardianship and impairments.

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is a great resource that discusses the voting rights for people with disabilities, voting under guardianship, and who to contact if you have voting problems.

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Legislative Updates & Advocacy Opportunities

Legislative Updates & Advocacy Opportunities

There are several websites that keep current in legislative updates regarding disability issues in Minnesota. Many also promote advocacy. If you know of one not listed, please let us know!

The Arc Minnesota  is a non-profit, statewide voluntary organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. See Public Policy section.

Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 organizations of persons with disabilities, providers and advocates, dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. See Policy section.

PACER Center. See About – Public Policy and Legislation section.

Partners in Policymaking was created in May 1987 by the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. It’s purpose is to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy and change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

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Who Are My Representatives?

Who Are My Representatives?

Washington County is divided among three congressional districts. Minnesota’s 6th congressional district represents northern Washington County, the 4th district takes the central section of the county and the 2nd district represents the southern population. To identify who represents you from a federal and state level, simply enter address and city on the Who Represents Me page on the Minnesota Legislature website.

Washington County Commissioners

There are five Washington County Commissioners who represent different districts within the county. They make spending decisions for an annual operating budget of well over $100 million. Property taxes, fees for services, state and federal funds pay for programs that are funded by the county. Information about services provided by Washington County as well as list of Washington County Commissioners are on the Washington County website.

City Councils, School Boards and Commissions

City and public school government may be the lowest level of government, but it can be the most influential on the lives of those living with disabilities. To learn more about city process and leaders, call the city directly for the most current information. See the Education section for information on Washington County schools.

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Important Legislation to Be Aware Of

Important Legislation to Be Aware Of

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Signed in 2014, the federal law allows people with disabilities can open special accounts where they can save up to a certain amount without risking eligibility for government programs.

Passed in 1975, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) (originally called The Education for All Handicapped Children Act) guaranteed every child a free and appropriate education. It initiated federal funding for special education and has resulted in progress towards designing effective programming to educate children with disabilities. IDEA has undergone several revisions over the years. IDEA guarantees special education and related services to eligible students with disabilities (in 13 specific categories) through age 21, including preparation for employment and independent living. Key areas to note are Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Child Find, Discipline/Stay Put, Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan Revised in 2017, Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is a broad series of activities Minnesota must accomplish to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities like everyone else, including greater integration and inclusion.

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