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Alumni Update: Patrick Mitchell, Disability Rights Advocate

“Hard-fought legal rights for people with disabilities mean little if they are used by the disability service system to promote segregation. For some people, virtually their whole lives are planned by staff members… and the system reinforces that.” Mitchell (MNLEND Fellow, 2018-19) is leading self-advocacy projects around Minnesota.

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IDD Retirement Survey

Do you know a retiree with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)? Here is an opportunity to tell their story.

ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living is studying social inclusion and retirement among adults age 45 or older with IDD who live in Minnesota. Retired adults with IDD and an ally of their choice (family member, friend, support staff, etc.) can participate in a phone/Zoom interview about their thoughts on retirement, the steps they took to retire, and what they are doing in retirement now. This study aims to better understand what matters in retirement, and how the field can support individuals across the lifespan. Interviews take around 60 minutes.

Interested in participating in this study or want to learn more? Please contact ICI's Julie Kramme or Lynda Lahti Anderson.

Sibshop participants enjoy a laugh playing “The Lap Game.”

Supporting School-Age Siblings Worldwide: Sibshops

This Impact article tells about Sibshops, which are events where school-age siblings of kids with disabilities receive information and support in a recreational setting. Siblings play, talk, eat, and learn about disabilities and support services. Sibshops celebrate the many contributions of siblings and acknowledge that siblings are special, too.