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Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 08:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert

With the recent ice accumulation and snowfall, the Minnesota Council on Disability wants to remind you to shovel your sidewalks and curb ramps. The sidewalks and curb ramps are lifelines for many people with disabilities and for our senior community who are trying to get to work, the grocery store, or medical appointments.

When sidewalks and curb ramps are not cleared, they can become impassable and create a potentially life-threatening situation for people who are forced into the street alongside traffic.

Please shovel your sidewalk and curb ramps as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the snow to melt!

Snow removal is governed by city ordinance. Visit your city’s website (opens in new tab) to learn more about:

  • Snow removal ordinances for residential and commercial buildings
  • Potential fines for failure to remove snow in a timely manner
  • Tips and helpful resources for shoveling your sidewalk
  • Reporting snow and ice on local sidewalks

If you are a person with a disability in need of assistance with snow removal, contact Disability Hub MN (opens in new tab) for resources. Note: These resources may come at a cost. If possible, make arrangements for snow removal prior to the snow season.

Senior citizens can contact the Senior LinkAge Line (opens in new tab) for resources.

Keeping sidewalks and curb ramps clear of snow and ice is the neighborly thing to do–and it’s the law. If you live near senior citizens or people with disabilities, volunteer to shovel their walkways. Let’s all do our part!

Budget for One Minnesota

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 11:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert
Investing $1.27 Billion in community Prosperity
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan propose investing $1.27 billion in community infrastructure projects across the state. The proposal balances the needs of the state, with 22 percent of projects in Greater Minnesota, 27 percent in the Twin Cities area, and 51 percent having impacts statewide.
Following eight years of sound fiscal management, the State of Minnesota has a triple-A bond rating and over $3 billion in available bonding capacity for 2020-2021. This capital investment proposal remains well within these limits – protecting the state’s financial standing, while making critical investments in our future.
Preserving and Renewing State Assets
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan understand the importance of maintaining the assets we currently have. Half of their 2019 capital budget ($631 million) will support asset preservation projects at state agencies, such as roof replacements and exterior repairs, renovation and repurposing of existing facilities to better meet program needs, and renewing buildings to keep occupants safe and healthy.

HIGHER EDUCATION
Enhance Learning Environments and Improve Efficiency of Campus Buildings
Governor Walz recommends fully funding Minnesota State’s request of $150 million for asset preservation. This supports efforts to ensure the state’s public higher education buildings are accessible, safe, and energy efficient. More than 70 projects – like roof replacements, new HVAC systems, and electrical upgrades – are planned for at least 40 campuses across the state, from Thief River Falls to Marshall, and Virginia to Winona.
Ensure that Students, Staff, and Professors Work in Safe, Productive Buildings
Governor Walz recommends $117.7 million in funding for asset preservation across campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. The Governor also recommends $4.3 million to renovate A.B. Anderson Hall on the Duluth campus to modernize 35,000 square feet of teaching space and update mechanical and life safety systems.
AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Improve Public Lands and Buildings
Governor Walz includes $109 million for the Department of Natural Resources to continue taking care of buildings, water and wastewater systems, roads and bridges, trails, and water access sites in state parks across Minnesota. This
recommendation also supports the Department’s efforts to make their buildings and trails ADA accessible and safe for visitors and staff. Read more

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 09:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert

The 10 Best Superfoods For Your Eyes

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 12:02 PM  posted by jbuytaert

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    Tuna

    “Getting omega-3 fatty acids matters for maintaining healthy eyes,” says Sunir J. Garg, retinal surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. A 2016 meta-analysis of studies on fish consumption and age-related macular degeneration found that people who ate the most fish had the lowest risk of the sight-stealing disease. Aim for two to three servings a week of dark meat fish such as tuna and salmon.

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    Blueberries

    These violet-hued gems are rich in anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that easily cross the blood-retina barrier to provide extra vision protection. They also may improve vision in people with normal tension glaucoma, a form of the disease that damages the optic nerve. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, blueberry anthocyanins may be particularly helpful, since research shows that they can protect your retina against damage from UV light exposure. You’ll also get anthocyanins from other dark red, blue and purple foods like blackberries, currants and red grapes.

Courtesy of spintheglobe.net, May 24, 2018

White sand beaches, turquoise waters, mouth-watering food, and glorious sunshine. These are all hallmarks of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya and the nearby resort city of Cancun on the Yucatán Peninsula. Unfortunately, one term that isn’t often associated with these locations is wheelchair accessibility. While Mexico has no laws comparable to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), more and more beachside hotels and all-inclusive resorts are recognizing the market demand of wheelchair users who want to enjoy the Mexican sunshine like everyone else.

In my capacity as an accessible travel agent, I traveled to Cancun and Playa del Carmen in late May 2018 to conduct site inspections of 10 all-inclusive resorts (five in each area). My inspections focused on the wheelchair accessibility of the designated guest rooms, public areas and restaurants, pool areas, and beach access. I have separated the resorts into two categories: Mostly Accessible and Partially Accessible.

Mostly Accessible: Because there is no ADA-type law in Mexico, there wasn’t a single resort I inspected that would 100 percent meet ADA requirements. However, there were five that met a considerable number of them, with only a few minor deviations or shortcomings. Examples include things like grab bars placed in not-ideal locations, steep ramps, lack of flat-entry beach access, or no roll-under sink (i.e. only one of each). The resorts I placed in this category can be enjoyed (in my opinion) by the vast majority of wheelchair users who can be just a bit flexible and/or accept the willing assistance of resort employees.

Partially Accessible. These are resorts that get one major part right with regards to accessibility and the other major part “wrong.” For example, some resorts have amazing wheelchair accessibility across the property, to include paved beach access or mats, pool lifts, and accessible beachside toilets. Yet, the same resort won’t have a single fully accessible guest room. In other resorts, the rooms are perfectly accessible, but guests can’t access several parts of the property. I’ve chosen to list these anyway because many mobility aid users can still walk a few steps and use non-accessible rooms or bathrooms, and can take advantage of these resorts even with their accessibility limitations.

Before reviewing the resort descriptions, please take a look at this brief video compilation of the five resorts designated as Mostly Accessible. It will help you better understand the summaries below with an image in your head – and will get you excited to visit Mexico!