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Meetings seek self-advocacy from developmentally disabled

August 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Some people focus their lives on speaking for the voiceless, but Janelle Stoneking, a case manager at Able Inc. in Dickinson, wants to take it a step further, helping the previously voiceless develop a voice of their own. Continue Reading

Minnesota woman finds comfort in therapy dog

December 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Before Casey came along, Pam Hermann wasn’t a fan of public places.
A simple grocery store visit with people rushing past, loud noises and unfamiliar objects in her way could induce panic.
But now, Hermann, who is blind and has developmental disabilities, can’t wait to cruise the aisles, running her hands over hair products and hardware, accompanied by her companion. Continue Reading

Researcher recalls conditions once reserved for North Dakota’s intellectually disabled

July 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Group and adult foster care homes and other options allow people with intellectual disabilities to live within a community, holding jobs and contributing as citizens. But it took a class-action lawsuit more than 30 years later to force the state of North Dakota to make changes before things got better. One researcher’s findings prompted the lawsuit that started it all. Continue Reading