The Star Tribune’s five-day report, “A matter of dignity,” outlines how Minnesota marginalizes adults with disabilities. The series describes how the state is segregating disabled adults, partly through sheltered workshops that place these adults in jobs that pay little and leave no room for growth. Many of these disabled adults live in Minnesota group homes and more than one-third are placed in counties other than their county of residence. Curfews, lack of transportation and segregated housing also make it difficult for people with disabilities to have relationships.
And while Minnesota families wait months for state financial assistance, tens of millions of dollars intended for these families goes unspent every year, according to records.