Written by Gene Martinez, Legislative Advocacy Coordinator
Traditionally, an even numbered year is known as a “bonding year” and odd numbered years are known as “budget years”. However, the Governor does have the authority to propose a Supplemental Budget and Gov. Walz has put together a proposal. What makes this year unique is that in addition to state dollars there are also federal dollars as part of COVID relief packages such as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPC) that remain to be allocated during 2022.
The latest budget forecast shows a $7.7 billion surplus for the Minnesota budget. This is the largest surplus ever recorded.
From the Association of University Centers on Disabilities:
National Disability Rights Network Published Restraint and Seclusion Federal Policy Update White Paper
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) published a “Restraint and Seclusion” federal policy update white paper in February 2022. The white paper summarizes steps taken by Congress and federal agencies to address the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The white paper also documents incidents of examples of the use of restraint and seclusion by the Protection & Advocacy Agencies.
Read the NDRN February 2022 “Restraint and Seclusion” federal policy update white paper.
Read the January 19, 2022 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter that AUCD has signed onto in support of a package of bills to address school safety and climate.
Call and educate your Members of Congress about the impact these school safety and climate bills will have on ensuring safe schools for students with disabilities. You can reach your Members of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Join us for Disability Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 22nd! The event will be online again this year. But even though we can’t go to the Capitol, it is still critical for disability advocates to show that we are better together by fighting for equity, access, and belonging in community.
A virtual poster gallery will be from 10:00 am–11:00 am. The virtual rally will be from 11:00 am–11:45 am. Then we will have an in-depth policy “Lunch & Learn” from 12:00 pm–1:30 pm.
Mid-term elections are fast approaching, and we have lots of work to do in the months ahead to make sure everyone gets the information they need, in an accessible way, to make their vote count!
This year, The Arc will be hosting regular roundtable discussions to give you opportunities to hear from other chapters about their voter and candidate engagement plans, share ideas, ask questions, and learn about the free tools and resources available to you.
This meeting will be critical as we continue to develop our voter engagement strategies, and we hope you can join us!
Disability Policy Seminar 2022
March 28-30, 2022
Presented by: AAIDD, AUCD, Autism Society, NACDD, TASH, NDSC Center, SABE US, The Arc US, UCP
We’re getting excited for this year’sDisability Policy Seminar (DPS)! DPS is a three-day event, where passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the field come together and learn about key issues that affect them. This year, there are options to participate either virtually or in-person in Washington, D.C. Registration costs will be the same for both options.
Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee
Thursday, March 3, 2022 Thursday, April 28, 2022 Thursday, June 30, 2022 Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022
All sessions are from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by: Minnesota Department of Human Services
Join the DSD Waiver Policy and Compliance team, DSD Waiver Fiscal Policy team and Waiver Reimagine Advisory Committee for an opportunity to listen to the committee discussions and submit your written comments.
AHRC Nassau, in conjunction with The Arc of the United States, is proud to present a conference focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) community.
The DEI Virtual Conference, “Beyond the Comfort Zone: Understanding and Eradicating Injustice, Racism and Inequality in the Field of Developmental Disabilities,” will be held May 18, 2022. Exploring the intersection of disability and race, the DEI Virtual Conference seeks to increase fluency and understanding of the history, challenges and opportunities impacting people with IDD and the staff who work with them. This conference will connect attendees with leaders from the private and public sector ready to share research, case studies, best practices, and feedback on topics including:
Setting and defining goals for improving DEI in your organization.
The impact of systemic and historical racism and other barriers on the IDD sector.
The intersection of health care disparities for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and those with IDD.
Creating a pathway for equity and inclusion of BIPOC at all levels of IDD organizations, including the boards of directors.
The challenges and rewards of employing a neuro-diverse workforce.
Midwest Asset Building Conference: Imagining the Next Economy: Disrupting the Racial Wealth Divide
June 29–30, 2022
Registration opens in March. Join the conference listserv to receive updates and learn when registration opens.
The Midwest Asset Building Conference brings practitioners, policy advocates, and researchers together to strengthen our collective work to address the racial wealth divide and help families build prosperity in the Midwest.
Stakeholders in the region will have the opportunity to learn from their peers when we connect at the third Midwest Asset Building Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from June 29-30, 2022. The conference will center on the theme, “Imagining the Next Economy: Disrupting the Racial Wealth Divide.” The conference will be in-person (with COVID protocols in place) and a paid livestreamed virtual event.
RentHelpMN closed on January 28, 2022, with only three days' notice. Yet, Minnesotans continue to suffer from the ongoing pandemic in direct and indirect ways, and thousands still quality for and need emergency rental assistance to pay their rent bills and remain in their homes.
We urge the Governor and Legislature to appropriate funds for emergency rental assistance to ensure housing stability for Minnesota families. Without continued funding, a great number of Minnesotans face displacement, eviction, and even homelessness.
From Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND):
Call for Applicants for MNLEND Program!
What is MNLEND?
A 10-month interdisciplinary leadership training program in policy advocacy and evidence-based research and practices to develop new leaders to be skilled in systems-thinking, effective in interventions and practices, and able to improve quality of life outcomes for children and youth with NDD and related disabilities. Funded by the U.S. Maternal & Child Health Bureau.
Who should apply?
UMN-Twin Cities graduate students, post doctorates, outside community professionals, family members, self-advocates, and others who can demonstrate leadership potential and direct experience in NDD.
People from underrepresented and/or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
General Admission Consideration Deadline: March 15, 2022.