Public input sought on highway system plan

Plan aims to make highway system more accessible to disabled residents

Dakota County is seeking public input to identify ways to make the county highway system more accessible to residents with disabilities.

Dakota County is currently developing a transition plan to ensure the highway system, including roads, sidewalks and adjacent trails, meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plan will guide the county as it continues to provide accessibility to its transportation infrastructure.

In order to involve the public in the plan and receive feedback, several open houses will be held Nov. 3-14 at different locations throughout the county. The open houses will provide the public with information about the project and the work the county has already done. Comments gathered at the open houses will help identify priority areas of improvement to the highway system.

Open houses will be held on the following dates:

• Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center Atrium, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
• Wednesday, Nov. 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wentworth Library, 199 E Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul
• Monday, Nov.14, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Community Development Agency, 1228 Town Centre Dr., Eagan.

For more information about services offered to residents with disabilities, please visit and search Aging & Disability Services. Accommodations at the open houses can be made for residents with disabilities. For more information or questions, please contact Scott Peters, senior planner, at 952-891-7027 or

MSCOD Nominated for two Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards

MN State Council on Disability (MSCOD) has been nominated for two Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards for their partnership with TpT producing the The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN the history of the land mark civil rights legislation called the Americans with Disabilities Act. Over 1100 entries were received! The two categories are Interviews/Discussion and Historical.

The event will be on Saturday October 29th, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel @ Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. It’s an evening of fun, festivities, and a celebration of excellence in media!

The history of the Americans with Disabilities Act is powerful and complex, its road paved with remarkable perseverance and passion. From its earliest flicker shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the point where it finally ignited almost thirty years later, the story of the ADA is amply documented. Through the alliances and dedicated engagement of the disability community and its advocates, policies and laws continue to be introduced (and passed) that make life in the United States more equitable for all Americans. This collection of resources outlines the momentous journey and turning points — both nationally and locally — of this singularly important legislation that impacts millions of Americans’ everyday lives, every day.

The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota. Published on Jul 29, 2015.
The Disability Community, in partnership with TpT and MSCOD, proudly present “The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota,” produced by TpT. This is a people’s story of a grass roots movement that led to one of the major pieces of civil rights legislation in US history. Issues that motivated this effort were driven by stigma, employment and accessibility – issues that are still significant today. This program shows viewers what is possible so they can overcome their own stereotypes, that jobs and accessibility are not only governed by laws but by public perception.

ADA: The Next 25 Years Published on Oct 30, 2015
All Minnesotans benefited from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted 25 years ago. Celebrate the progress and the remaining challenges. Produced with the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) to watch either of the shows follow this link:

MSCOD was established in 1973 by the state legislature, the Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) was created to advise the governor, state agencies, state legislature, and the public on disability issues. Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs in the public and private sectors that advance the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.

Chaska dog biscuit company employs adults with disabilities

A new business in Chaska, Minn. hopes to send the unemployment rate for people with disabilities straight to the dogs. Click here to read the full article provided by AuSM

National autism rate stable according to CDC

In March the federal Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the national autism prevalence rate remains unchanged at 1 in 68. Read the full article at this link provided by AuSM.