Accessible Events – August 2014

  Welcome to the Access Press Accessible Fun listings, a sampling of theater, music, arts, walks, runs, dances and gala […]

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Welcome to the Access Press Accessible Fun listings, a sampling of theater, music, arts, walks, runs, dances and gala events for our community. Readers looking for additional opportunities to enjoy the arts have these options:

VSA Minnesota has a large calendar at in the upper right hand corner of the home page. VSA Minnesota would like feedback on the design, so users should weigh in on the site or at[email protected] or 612-332-3888 ext. 2. The new website is intended to be easier for volunteers to maintain and expand. Users of the site should change their bookmarks if they haven’t already done so.

For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at [email protected] or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY). To hear a weekly listing of accessible performances, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. Another web events listing is (c2: caption coalition, inc.), which does most of the captioned shows in Minnesota and across the country. Facebook is another way to connect with performances. Sign up to connect with Audio Description Across Minnesota. Connect with ASL Interpreted and Captioned Performances across Minnesota on Facebook.


State Ombudsman for Long-Term Care seeks volunteers

The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging, is seeking volunteers to help Minnesotans understand and make choices about long-term care services. Certified volunteers receive comprehensive orientation and continuing education annually to gain understanding of the long-term care system and develop skills in resolving disputes. Those interested are asked for a one-year commitment and to volunteer at least six hours per month. More information about the Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is available on the Minnesota Board on Aging website, FFI: Rhonda DeBough, 651-431-3178, [email protected]


Self-advocacy training offered

Become a more effective self-advocate through the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Citizen Advocacy Academy. It is a four-part series of trainings and advocacy events. The trainings are held in both the Twin Cities metropolitan area and in Greater Minnesota are open to all self-advocates.

Trainings begin in September and continue through late November or early December. Participants can learn to tell their stories and create political messages, learn about the legislative process and elections, learn about grassroots lobbying and attend a town hall forum. The forum allows participants a chance to apply what they have learned and share personal stories with policymakers in their home communities.

The academy is organized by the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Public Policy Department. It is open to anyone interested in becoming an effective self-advocate.FFI: 612-378-2742, 1-800-669-6442; [email protected], [email protected]


Share a smile

Brighten the day of a senior citizen in north or southwest Minneapolis and have fun. Visit an elder and do things together: movies, games, crafts or just friendly conversation. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games or friendly conversation. One time or ongoing opportunities through the NIP Senior Program. FFI: Jeanne, 612-746-8549, [email protected]g, or


Open the Door to Education

Help adults reach their educational goals and earn their GED. Tutor, teach or assist in a classroom with theMinnesota Literacy Council. Give just 2-3 hours a week and help people expand their opportunities and changetheir lives through education. The literacy council provides training and support and accommodations for volunteers with disabilities. FFI: Allison, 651-251-9110,[email protected],


AGAPE study offered

An AGAPE Bible study course designed for people with disabilities meets 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 8 and continuing through May 2015 at Roseville Covenant Church, Hamline Avenue and County Road C2. The building is wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to read and write. The AGAPE program is an outreach ministry of the international organization “Community Bible Study”. Preregister. FFI: Linda, 651-490-9041


Journey of Hope

“Journey of Hope for People Affected by Chronic Condition” is an alternative Christian/Interfaith church that focuses on spiritual growth rather than specific beliefs or doctrine. The congregation is currently meeting one or two Thursday afternoons a month at J. Arthur’s Coffee, 2441 Rice St., Roseville for a time of worship followed by a time for support. The congregation is looking for people to join in this ministry by, and for, people affected by chronic conditions of any kind, and the people who love and support them. People with a heart for seeking out people who have become isolated because of their health issues, and welcoming them into the community, are needed to join. Journey of Hope is open to all. The congregation is looking for a technical volunteer who is familiar with Google Hangouts, who can set up the equipment before the meeting and run the Hangout on Air. Also sought are one or two musicians who can serve as substitutes for the primary musician. FFI: Susan, 651-689-3374;




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