Get involved in grassroots advocacy to make sure Minnesota continues to be the kind of state that values people of all abilities. Urge your legislators to invest in Minnesotans with disabilities so that we can all be better off. Below you will find advocacy tools and resources to increase your impact and help improve the lives of people with disabilities. Watch the video below to learn more about “The Cost of Compassion” and the life of a Direct Support Professional.
We’re asking the state for a 4% rate increase effective July 1st, 2017 and another 4% rate increase next year, effective July 1st 2018. Will you consider reaching out to both your House member and your Senate member, tell them (or remind them) who you are, what you do, why they should support a wage increase for Direct Support Professionals and ask them to sign their name to the Best Life Alliance bill as a co-author? You may use this tool to easily find your legislators, based on where you live and/or where you work. Learn more at ARRM.
If you have a story to share to support The Best Life Alliance, please email Kate.Eifrig@livingwell.org
Peggy wants to make some changes in her life. She wants a new job. She wants to live independently.The fact that Peggy is a 40 year-old woman with Down syndrome has little impact on what she believes she can achieve.
The story is an intimate portrait of one woman and her family, but it also strives to speak to a broader story when it comes to society’s approach to Down syndrome. Peggy receives support from Living Well Disability Services. Listen to Peggy’s story as told to Marisa Helms on KFAI Radio. Peggy’s Dreams: Living life with Down syndrome.