Editor's Column - March 2005

I will start the column this month with some good news. I know he would want to thank everyone for their good thoughts and prayers during his time away. I spoke with Tim a few days ago and he sounds in good spirit. We hope to see him back in the office soon, but not until he makes a complete recovery.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Events and celebrations will be happening across the nation. Minnesota is not exception. Mark your calendars for July 26th. More details will be coming in the future.

Check out the article from Andy Driesewerd about his experiences at a recent Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC) outing. It sounds like they had a great time getting together and making new friends. This article is very well written. CTIC’s were organized to assist students with disabilities by helping to provide a smoother transition from high school to the adult world. The focus is on their families. The committee consists of parents, students, and staff from area school districts and members from service agencies in Minnesota counties. It’s nice to see Michael Cohn back for another thought provoking article called “Why Not Laugh at Disability.” Michael makes many good points and I agree that we need to take time to laugh at ourselves. From one gimp to a crip, keep those stories coming.

Jeni Mundl is back again this month with some great resources for assistive technology (AT). AT is best used when you are informed on what products and choices are available. I would recommend following up on Jeni’s suggestion and check out the products before you lay down any money. Courage Center and PACER Center are two of many facilities that allow for a hands on experience.

The Ticket to Work program is celebrating its 3rd anneversary and Jim Czechowicz does a great job explaining how it works. Jim also provides resources for anyone who might be interested in this program. Thanks Jim!

March is Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue awareness month. I hope you will take the time to read the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue articles in this issue, especially Living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” This is one family’s story of a very misunderstood illness.

Mike Chevrette,
Access Press Chair