The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Legacy Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,450
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$234,550
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota State Council on Disability
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Research
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Law 2013, Chap. 137, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 7
Appropriation Language

(d) Council on Disability$200,000 the first year and $200,000 the second year are for a grant to the Minnesota State Council on Disability to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, and cultural heritage of Minnesotans with disabilities in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the amount in the first year is insufficient, the amout in the second year is available in the first year. These funds are available until June 30, 2016.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,450
Direct expenses
$80,669
Administration costs
$79,781
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

As a result of this project, the following overarching outcomes will be realized:1. An increased recognition of statewide disability culture among the general public.2. The number of employers who recognize the challenges people with disabilities face in finding competitive employment increases.3. The number of conference attendees that recognize and/or  gain an increased appreciation for disability culture and the impact civil rights legislation has had on this culture. 4. An increased knowledge of one’s civil rights through the ADA.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The Events Committee, the Communications Committee and the Employment Survey Committee are all staffed, appropriately Chaired, and are effectively making progress on their respective responsibilities.
a. The selection of a Committee Leadership Consultant has been especially effective in keeping the committees on track, and communicating with one another.
b. The formation of a Full Planning Committee has been an effective tool in keeping all committee leaders and the most active members apprised of the relationship between all the project’s moving parts. This has been most effective in ensuring various committees are not duplicating efforts or inadvertently working at cross purposes.
c. MSCOD’s Board of Directors has a new Chair who also Chairs our Survey Committee. As a result, the work of the committees has gained more attention, recognition and involvement by board members.
d. We are confident that we now have the appropriate staff that will see this project to completion. Previous staff changes had let to a series of fits and starts, but we believe our staff is now set.
e. The major section of our Employment Survey is in the field.
f. The History Day of July 26th event is in the relative final stages of planning.
g. Shooting begins in November for the tpt documentary.
h. The final details of our State-wide conference on July 9th are being addressed.
i. We have recently trained our new Grant Specialist on maintaining the ADA tab on the MSCOD website. This allows us to keep information flowing to that website in an efficient and timely manner.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Law 2013, Chap. 137, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 7
Appropriation Language

(d) Council on Disability

$200,000 the first year and $200,000 the second year are for a grant to the Minnesota State Council on Disability to provide educational opportunities in the arts, history, and cultural heritage of Minnesotans with disabilities in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the amount in the first year is insufficient, the amout in the second year is available in the first year. These funds are available until June 30, 2016.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$234,550
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. ADA Employment and Research Study
2. a. ADA 25th Anniversary Documentary with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)
b. Live televised noon-hour program “ADA: The next 25 years”
3. 25th Anniversary of the ADA Conference and Career Fair
4. 25th Anniversary of the ADA Family Day at the Minnesota History Center

Measurable Outcome(s)

1. ADA Employment and Research Study

A total of 611 complete surveys were collected, with a breakdown of 304 (50%) surveys from people with a disability who are employed, 134 (22%) from people who have a disability and are seeking employment, and from 173 (28%) employers.

2. a. ADA 25th Anniversary Documentary with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)
b. Live televised noon-hour program “ADA: The next 25 years”
Work was completed on the documentary The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN and was introduced at the MN History Center on July 26th, and aired for the first time on tpt the evening of July 26th

In addition, MSCOD, in partnership with tpt, produced a live show entitled “ADA: The next 25 years” which aired over the noon hour during our October 28th conference. That show remains on the tpt website as well as this project’s website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmy8KLMED_A&feature=youtu.be

3. 25th Anniversary of the ADA Conference and Career Fair
On October 28, 2015 MSCOD had its long-awaited conference. While there were a great number of highlights for the day, certainly having Senator Tom Harkin, the Senate sponsor of the ADA address the conference and participate in the live tpt show was chief among them. The conference, as planned, brought together Minnesotans from across the state under the banner of disability culture with a focus on the creation, impact and future of the ADA, especially as they relate to employment for people with disabilities.

4. 25th Anniversary of the ADA Family Day at the Minnesota History Center
On Sunday, July 26th MSCOD held its 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Family Day celebration. More than 1,000 people attended the Family Day event at the Minnesota History Center. This success would not have been possible without the outreach opportunities arranged by our consultants Sarah Parker (Parker Communications) and Carol Schuler (Schuler Publicity).

Recipient Board Members
1. Jim Thalhuber-Blaine (Chair)
2. Dean Ascheman-Rosemount (Vice-Chair)
3. Nate Aalgaard-Moorhead (Executive Committee)
4. Robert Johnson-Fergus Falls (Executive Committee)
5. Kathy Peterson-Warren (Executive Committee)
6. Elliott Albright-West St. Paul
7. Hilary Hauser-New Hope
8. Nancy Rosemore-Crosby
9. Bryce Samuelson-Hayfield
10. Dave Schwartzkopf-Rochester
11. Kim Tyler-Hibbing
12. Christine Versavel-Marshall
13. Carlos Vazquez-Minneapolis
14. Kathy Wingen-St. Cloud
15. Nancy Fitzsimons-North Mankato
16. Timothy Boyer-Bemidji
17. Andrea Bejarano-Robinson – New Hope
18. Dr. Brian Bonte – Hutchenson
Project Overview

The Minnesota State Council on Disability (“MSCOD”) seeks to preserve and raise awareness of Minnesota’s disability culture in sync with the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) through a theatrical production, public opinion survey and research, and an ADA celebration/training conference. Activities will also highlight the low employment rate of people with disabilities. Most of the public activities will occur in the second year of the grant.

Project Manager
Salutation
Ms.
First Name
Joan
Last Name
Willshire
Organization Name
Minnesota State Council on Disability
Street Address
121 E. 7th Place, Suite 107
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55101
Phone
(651) 361-7801
Email
joan.willshire@state.mn.us