MN-CCD News and Information

Here in Minnesota, an overwhelming majority of the programs supporting individuals with disabilities are governed at the state level. It is here where policy and funding decisions are made.

The MN-CCD Hires Managing Director

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Sheryl R. Grassie EdD. was recently hired as the Managing Director for The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (The MN-CCD). Sheryl is a longtime advocate for disability issues. She has a clinical background and has worked with disability populations throughout her career. Most recently she was the executive director of a Minnesota based nonprofit called The End of the Spectrum, advocating for the needs of children significantly disabled by autism. Professionally she has been the executive director of several non-profits, a clinical psychologist, and a special education teacher. She is an independent writing and business consultant who has authored, ghostwritten and /or edited numerous books and articles related to the fields of psychology, disability, and education. Sheryl has a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College. She resides in Minneapolis, MN where she is the mother of three children and an avocational potter.

“In her role as Managing Director, Sheryl will be responsible for effective outreach and relationship building,” said David Hancox, President, Board of Directors. “She will be maintaining effective and regular communication with the members of The MN-CCD.”

Join the Board of Directors and staff in welcoming Sheryl to The MN-CCD. Her email address is; her phone number is 952-818-8718. The MN-CCD is located at 2446 University Ave West, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55114.

The new® is now live! Time to get found in the Finder!

The new is now live at When you go to the website, you will have the option to proceed to the new site, or continue to use the old site.

Disability Benefits 101

Disability Benefits 101 is an on-line resource that gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Check out the DB101 website.

News from the Metropolitan Council – Robust transit service is essential for people with disabilities

For many people with disabilities, the debate over transportation funding is not abstract. When you depend on transit every day, you want a service that meets your needs and allows you, as Garrison Keillor puts it, “to get up and do the things that need to be done.”

To learn more about transportation systems in the Metro area, read this newsletter.

The Arc of Minnesota Celebrates Judge Donovan W. Frank

The Honorable Donovan W. Frank U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota, was celebrated by the Arc of Minnesota on May 26, 2015 at their 2015 Public Policy Recognition Event.

According to the Arc of Minnesota website , “Judge Frank has worked tirelessly to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are recognized and respected in our legal system. He is a key figure in approving Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan, designed to help people with disabilities become included in their communities to the greatest extent possible.”

How the ADA Was Passed

Hon. Donovan W. Frank and Lisa L. Beane

Below is an excerpt from an article that will be published in the June 2015 issue of The Federal Lawyer by the Federal Bar Association. The article can be found in its entirety here: How the ADA Was Passed

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA created critical legal protections and opened up new possibilities for individuals with disabilities in education, employment, housing, and public accommodations. In the years since the ADA was passed, its application has evolved through case law and regulatory changes. And more recently, the ADA was amended to make it easier for individuals with disabilities to seek its protection. Although the ADA is widely known as the primary law prohibiting discrimination based on disability, relatively few people are aware of the ADA’s origins or the extensive grassroots advocacy effort that went into achieving comprehensive civil rights protections for individuals with disabilities.”

This insightful article tracks the history of the ADA through the following topics: Early Efforts to Achieve Legal Protections for Individuals with Disabilities, Preserving Hard Fought Gains, Seeking More Comprehensive Legal Protection, and Moving the Bill Through Congress.

Additional News and Information

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