Watch for our June issue

Readers have been hearing less from me this month. Between a difficult move to a different apartment, the return of […]

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Readers have been hearing less from me this month. Between a difficult move to a different apartment, the return of COVID-19 and some mobility issues, it has been a long May.

This is one of my favorite times of year and it’s hard to not get in regular walks when so much is in bloom. I especially have missed more frequent contact with irises and lilacs.

I look out the window and think about how health and disability affect so many of us. Many people have no idea how disability and health issues can change a person’s life.

Health is a focus of our June issue as we have another pullout section with COVID-19 stories from Minnesotans. The stories are deeply personal. Readers have shared private health details of their lives, and how their lives and the lives of their family members, friends and coworkers have been affected.

The stories of life with COVID-19 are not always pleasant to read. Some of the effects of the virus are frankly horrible and embarrassing.

But we believe strongly that the stories are important and need to be told. This is what life is like now, whether we like it or not. Being ignorant or in denial is not helping anyone.

COVID-19 is still with us and will be with us for the foreseeable future. We Minnesotans with disabilities need to take the virus and its ongoing variants and sub-variants very seriously. Unless you have a valid medical reason for not doing so, please get vaccinated and keep up with your shots. Mask up as you should.

And wash your hands! Mom would be proud of you.

We appreciate the Minnesota Department of Health for providing support for our COVID-19 coverage. It is very important.

On another note about the June issue, I’ve been up to my ears in the work of the Minnesota Legislature. The 2024 session ended in chaos, with lots of shouting and finger-pointing on all sides. Many disability community advocates and organization staff members are still poring through a plus-1,400 page bill passed in the session’s final hours.

It is not what anyone would consider to be light reading. I’ve been working on coverage for June. We’ll be following more of the measures passed in the July issue amd as they become law.

If you have not done so already, I remind you to stay in touch with the advocacy group or groups that focus on your disability. these advocates work very hard during session to represent an array of interest. They provide frequent updates one with blogs and newsletters. It is very much worth your time to connect with groups and learn what they have to offer.

Finally, have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

  • "Stay safe, Minnesota. Take steps to protect yourself, & others from the COVID-19 virus."
  • "Stay safe, Minnesota. Take steps to protect yourself & others from the COVID-19 virus."

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