People with Disabilities

People with Disabilities: Past

Arc Greater Twin Cities

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.

People with disabilities have the same basic legal, civil and human rights as other citizens. Their rights should never be limited or restricted without due process. These position statements cover:

Minnesota State Council on Disability

People with disabilities represent approximately 20% of Minnesota’s population. As we age, that number will increase. Individuals with disabilities are living longer, more inclusive and more productive lives than ever before. As our population ages, in particular, as the baby boomers age, people will acquire age related disabilities.

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. 

A Brief History of Voting Rights for People with Disabilities

Like other citizens, people with disabilities have the right to vote. The idea that an observer at the polls can determine that a voter with disabilities lacks the capacity to vote based on the voter’s appearance or some superficial interaction with the voter is based on outmoded stereotypes to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same and prejudices concerning disability.

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