Editor’s Column – September 2004

In Access Press’s August issue, Tracy Reid-Selth and Kathy Hagen co-wrote an excellent article on guardianship and your rights to […]

In Access Press’s August issue, Tracy Reid-Selth and Kathy Hagen co-wrote an excellent article on guardianship and your rights to vote. Changes are happening so fast that Kathy asked me if she could have space to make some corrections on the topic. If you are a guardian or the recipient of this service, please read this second article very carefully, and if any part of this article is not perfectly clear to you, call Kathy for verification at the disability law center.

Lance Hegland turns in his final article on emergency preparedness. Lance has come up with a nice list of resources. Thanks, Lance.

Jeni Mundl has an interesting column on computer maintance. The cliché “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true concerning most things, but with computers it is an absolute. Jeni takes you thru step by step how to run some of the basic utilities to keep your computer working as it should.

With school starting throughout this month we have a couple articles on the topic. Education for people with disability is far too important to allow any of our rights or abilities to access education be taken away. This form of exclusion is completely inexcusable. The only way to ensure a good education for all people with any kind of disability is to mandate full access to every educational opportunity available.

Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland was in town in August and was invited to a picnic lunch with the Steering Committee for the Minnesota Disability Community for Kerry/Edwards. About thirty folks had an opportunity to get acquainted with Mr. Cleland who is a Vietnam veteran. He was wounded in a grenade explosion April 8, 1968 and lost both legs and right arm. We talked with him about the concerns of the disability community in Minnesota. Max was very aware of our concerns as they are similar to his own and to the rest of the country. He stated that we need to get more organized behind our Candidates.

Mr. Cleland is a remarkable man and is a wonderful example of how much a person with a disability can accomplish!

The center four page insert this month is celebrating Remember with Dignity’s 20th Anniversary. This is a new project for us. It turned out looking very nice and will be seen by 11,000 more people than what RWD originally planned. In addition, we have printed hundreds more inserts for RWD to use. This is something; I hope more organizations will consider doing for their special occasions. It has been a win-win situation for everyone. Call me and we can discuss your options and costs

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