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Summer Fun Day and Dedication on Sunday

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:20am

Remember that Summer Fun Day and the dedication of the Recognition Garden is this Sunday, August 2nd.  The full schedule follows.  If you  have not yet RSVP’d please contact Deb at deb@laurabaker.org or 507-645-8866 X119.

11:00 Registration Begins

11:30-12:30 Lunch

11:30-12:30 Open House – North Oak & Spring Creek

12:30 Dedication Ceremony

1:00-3:00 Music by Mischief and Mayhem, games, horse wagon rides and bingo.

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Send Thanks to the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:35pm

Laura Baker Services Association has reviewed the latest amendments to the Minnesota Olmstead Plan presented by the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet and urges you to contact the Sub-Cabinet by August 3 and thank them for their hard work.

The amendments provide the necessary detail to move the process from planning to action and give clients that we support the option to choose the living situation that best meets their needs.

Send your letter of support to:

MNOlmsteadPlan@state.mn.us

Olmstead Implementation Office
400 Sibley Street, Suite 300
St. Paul, MN 55101

And read more about what this means for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the latest post, A Win for Choice, on our In Community blog.

Sample Support Letter Text

Congratulations to the Olmstead Sub-Cabinet in persevering and allowing people with disabilities to make their own choices. This journey is one fraught with opportunities and/or obstacles. Thank you for your persistence in listening, shaping and path-making. Policymakers have an opportunity to learn much from this group and from the federal judge who kept pushing us to do better.

We asked for response to the broad spectrum of needs: this plan addresses that.

We asked for individual choice: the plan clearly allows for that, in specific and measureable ways.

The plan clearly identifies ongoing issues with funding for housing. It also acknowledges the need and rationale for a spectrum of housing and housing support. It acknowledges the disparate needs of people with differing abilities and needs for support.

Concerns about previous plans imposing futures for all people with disabilities without providing adequate funding, support or personal consent, are mitigated by including numbers and clear targets that indicate personal choice.

[INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY HERE, IF YOU CHOOSE]

Our ongoing obligation will be to monitor and comment as the plan is implemented to ensure that the principles we have raised – that each person is able to live where he or she chooses – continue to be upheld.

For now, we celebrate a victory. Thank you, Olmstead Sub-Cabinet. We look forward to continuing this journey of choice with people with disabilities and our communities.

Respectfully,

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July Art Workshop

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:16am

Thank you to all the community members who made Saturday’s Art Workshop a fun time! Visit our Facebook page to see pictures of individual collaborations, print making, painting, drawing and socializing!

And, before you go, don’t miss the new two-minute creative arts film on our YouTube channel!

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Our Rock Band performs at Red Barn Farm July 29th!

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:13pm

On Wednesday, July 29 the Laura Baker ROCK BAND will perform at 5:30 at Red Barn Farm (10063 110th St. East, Northfield).  Bring your blanket or a chair and enjoy some pizza and live music!  This group consists of LBSA clients who rehearse twice a month.  Instrumentation and adaptations includes the electric guitar, ipad guitar, Q-Chord, Beamz, digital drum set and miscellaneous percussion.  And these guys ROCK!

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LBSA Choir Presents: On Stage 2015

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:48am

Laura Baker Services Association is excited to present On Stage a special “Broadway” musical review featuring the LBSA Choir and clients.

On Stage will be produced by our music therapy department in collaboration with Rachel Haider and Shari Setchell .  You won’t want to miss it!

Performances are scheduled at the Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield on:

August 21 at 7:00 pm &

August 22 at 2:00 pm

Admission is free.

This event was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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New “In Community” Blog Post

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 1:51pm

A new post has been published on Laura Baker Services’ In Community blog.

In Community is a newly-launched blogging initiative to shed light on the many issues and challenges people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in their journey to leading fulfilling lives. It also focuses on Laura Baker Services Association’s efforts to build a supportive community that embraces all people.

The most recent post, titled Preserve Self-Determination, is authored by Executive Director Sandi Gerdes and discusses some of the challenges people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in securing housing that best fits their desires. Read it here.

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Highlights from the Golf Tournament

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:20am

Thank you to all who joined us for our 24th Annual Golf Tournament. We treasure your support of our mission to respect the life choices and dreams of people with intellectual and developmental disabilties! Be sure to check out pictures on our Facebook page.

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