Welcome to the Access Press Accessible Fun listings. Readers looking for additional opportunities to enjoy the arts have these options:
For information on galleries and theater performances around the state, join the Access to Performing Arts email list at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. On the web accessible performance listings are found at www.vsamn.org/calendar.html, or www.mrid.org, www.testing.accesspress.org, or http://c2net.org (c2: caption coalition, inc.), which does most of the captioned shows in Minnesota and across the country.
Sign up to connect with ASL Interpreted and Captioned Performances Across Minnesota on Facebook (or http://tinyurl.com/ctwnfzc. Sign up to connect with Audio Description Across Minnesota Performances on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/d34dzo2. Want to attend a show but not finding the accessible services needed? Contact t the performing company as far in advance as possible to request the service. Arts organizations can borrow a captioning display unit from VSA Minnesota for free. Call the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529 with the number of the arts organization box office. With video relay a caller’s video phone number automatically connects to a sign language interpreter when making a call to another caller who does not also have a VP.
Minnesota Fringe Festival – August 1-11, 2013
The 20th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival features 176 companies presenting 896 performances of theater, dance, performance art, storytelling and other theatrical entertainment at 16 Minneapolis venues, all accessible to people with mobility impairments. Shows last 60 minutes or less, with a new show starting every 90 minutes. Performing groups come from Minnesota as well as from across the country.
The 2013 Fringe Festival schedule with show descriptions will be searchable at www.fringefestival.org after July 1 or available for printing at home. For a daily recording of shows presented with AD or ASL, call VSA Minnesota at 612-332-3888. If you learn through “the buzz” of another show that you would love to have interpreted or described, email email@example.com and Fringe will attempt to find an ASL interpreter or audio describer.
A $4 Fringe button is required of all attendees. Attend one show for $12, get a four-show punch pass for $44, a ten-show punch pass for $100, or an Ultra Pass for unlimited shows for $225. Punch cards are transferable and may be used by multiple people to attend one performance (as long as everyone has a button). Fringe box offices accept cash, checks and credit cards and open 30 minutes before each show time. Advance reservations ($2 fee) guarantee your seat. This reservation fee is waived for people using access services, with the code “access” over the phone or online. Purchase online at www.fringefestival.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 or at each venue. FFI: www.fringefestival.org for schedule, ticket buying info and a venue map. Use sort functions to find shows you’ll like, write audience reviews, or create your own Fringe schedule.
Places for puppies are needed
Can Do Canines needs to keep a steady flow of puppies entering its training programs so that all in need can have a service dog. That demand means 30 or more puppies will need puppy raiser homes between August and October.
Without volunteers to help raise puppies, people who need the assistance of a service dog may have to do without. Starting with a puppy between the ages of 12 weeks to 12 months, the puppy raiser— with the training, support and recognition of the Can Do Canines team—begins the process of preparing the dog for a happy, healthy life of service. The puppy raiser provides the love, care and attention any puppy needs to develop into a well-adjusted adult dog. But they also help familiarize it to the sights, sounds and smells of public areas like those it will encounter daily with its eventual human partner. The goal is to ensure a stable, dependable, trustworthy companion and helper for a person with a disability. At about 18 months of age the dog comes back to the facility where it is further trained in the specific duties it will assume with its specific client.
Won’t you help? FFI: http://can-do-canines.org/puppy-raiser/
Olmstead Plan meetings
Public meetings and listening sessions throughout Minnesota are set to hear input on the state’s Olmstead Plan. The Olmstead Sub-Cabinet is committed to providing accommodations to people with disabilities so that everyone can participate in the listening sessions. Hear about the plan’s status and make comments. It is important that people come to these meetings to make their voices heard regarding this plan. The events are; 11 a.m. Fri, Aug. 2 at Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue N., Moorhead; 1-4 p.m. Tue, Aug. 13 at Duluth City Hall Council Chambers, 411 W. 1st St.; and 1-3 p.m. Mon, Aug. 19 at Heintz Center Commons, Rochester Community and Technical College, 1926 College View Road.
Anyone needing accommodations or modifications because of a disability should contact organizers at least two weeks in advance and provide specific information on what is needed, as well as contact information. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners in Policymaking
The Partners in Policymaking program needs applications for its free nine-month leadership training program.
Individuals with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities will be trained at no cost in monthly sessions, starting this fall. Deadline is July 15. Over the course of eight sessions, they learn how to become strong, knowledgeable, and effective advocates for themselves, their children, and others with disabilities.
The two-day meetings are all held on weekends, from September to May. Cost are covered by a federal grant. Child care, respite allowances, and overnight accommodations are provided for those who have to travel from outside the metro area to attend. Mileage and meals are also covered by the grant. Sessions will be held at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington. FFI: www.mngts.org/partnersinpolicymaking or email@example.com
Seniors can seek healthy food
To increase seniors’ access to nutritious foods, the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced the launch of a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 and older. At the end of 2012, only 50.5 percent of seniors eligible for SNAP were accessing it. Currently, more than 500,000 Minnesotans are on SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application for Seniors is for seniors-only households. The application is one page, two-sided, with additional attachments, including instructions and resource information.
Previously, seniors needed to complete a combined application for food, cash and health care benefits, which all others interested in applying still need to complete. The department is working with counties, community groups and outreach organizations to get the word out about the new application. Seniors interested in applying for SNAP should contact their county social service agency.