Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy

Hotdish Panel at Capitol Grand Opening on August 13, 2017

Ready for some hotdish?

I have been busy working on my presentation for the MN Capitol Grand Opening. I am excited to be presenting on a Hotdish Panel with Dr. Colleen Wieck from the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. The title of our presentation is Remembering the Past and Reimagining the Future: Living with a Disability. Hope you can be there!

For more information about the Capitol Grand Opening, schedule, and other exciting events, go to the Capitol Grand Opening website. #myMNcapitol

Other news and updates from my summer

I had a great summer family road trip to Toronto, Canada. Highlights included:

  • Justin in front of Moose statue
    • Hornblower boat tour at Niagara Falls which was amazing! Accessibility tip – bring an extra rain poncho! Wheelchairs aren’t able to go to upper level but lower level of the boat was just fine.
    • Toronto Blue Jays game – was a nice night so they opened the roof.
    • Second City Comedy show – Accessibility tip: you need to enter the building through the restaurant next door as there are steps going in the main entrance.
    • Royal Ontario Museum and the Aquarium were both accessible and fun. Accessibility tip: both gave me a free admission when we asked if any special discounts for people with disabilities or care attendant.
    • Frustrations on the trip were the normal frustrations with inaccessibility. We found lots of steps when heading out to restaurants or other shops and a lot of uneven sidewalks and curb cuts. Imagine moving around in a wheelchair where just an inch can mean the difference of being able to get in or move around easily.
    • I wish hotels had more wheelchair accessible 1 bedroom suites that have 2 beds and 1 pull out couch. That’s what works best for our family. Many hotels only have 1 bed in the bedroom though and that doesn’t work. Makes traveling difficult.

I have another month until college classes start. I’m excited for my Psychology class this fall.

I will be continuing to advocate for disability rights as part of the Olmstead Community Engagement Work Group. Also, will be keeping an eye on legislation that threatens Medicaid services and using my voice to help protect Medicaid. These services are so very important to people like me who are living with disabilities. #SaveMedicaid #ThisIsMedicaid

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