Mark your calendars for a disability advocacy town hall forum

Published 5:55 am Saturday, November 9, 2019

By Jamey Helgeson

LIFE Mower County

Join us for a town hall forum to discuss issues impacting individuals with disabilities, their families and their support professionals. Share your personal story with state senators and representatives.

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The forum will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1212 12th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901).

House committee approves Higher Education Act reauthorization

On Oct. 31, the House Committee on Education and Labor approved the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) by a vote of 28-22. This bill reauthorizes the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID), provides federal funding to states that provide free community college education, increases Pell grants, and makes various improvements to student loan programs, among other things.

Additionally, it contains a provision requiring colleges to accept an individualized education plan or a 504 plan as evidence of a disability when a student is seeking accommodations.

Upcoming Events

• Tuesday: Grooving to the 50s and 60s with Brian Lewis.

• Wednesday: Special Olympics Bowling and Open Center

• Thursday: Disability Advocacy Town Hall Forum

• Friday: Friendsgiving Meal

• Nov. 19: Creative Arts

• Nov. 20: Special Olympics Bowling

• Nov. 21: Bingo

• Nov. 22: Movie and Munchies

• Nov. 23: Special Olympics Minnesota State Bowling Tournament at the Wow Zone in Mankato