Celebrate 31st ADA!

Americans with Disabilities Act 31st Anniversary Celebrates Resilience July 26 virtual event 12:00 -1:30 p.m.to feature presenters and performers from across Minnesota.

ST. PAUL (July 6, 2021): July 26, 2021, marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The day will bring a welcome occasion for celebration and reflection as members of the disability community, policymakers, advocates, friends, allies, and more join for a virtual gathering and recollection of a year unlike any other. The “Celebrating Resilience” theme will set the stage for a host of presenters and performers from around the state, highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resourcefulness, innovation, and persistence that prevailed.

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan will provide a virtual greeting to event attendees and offer a special Proclamation recognizing July 26, 2021, as the 31st Anniversary of the ADA. Other featured presenters include Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, who will welcome attendees to Duluth and share ways the Zenith City is working to ensure greater accessibility for all its residents and visitors. NAMI Minnesota’s Executive Director Sue Abderholden will reflect on ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with disabilities and the resilience shown by so many. Great Lakes ADA Center Project Manager Peter Berg will discuss the transformation to teleworking as a vital accessibility accommodation during the pandemic. Disability lead for the COVID-19 Community Coordinators Initiative Mai Thor will share the state’s efforts to reach people with disabilities during the pandemic. ARC Northland’s Adult and Family Services Manager Meredith Kujala will serve as event emcee. Attendees will also be treated to special performances by acclaimed jazz guitarist and recording artist Sam Miltich and Duluth-based BOLD-choice Theatre Company.

The event will be held Monday, July 26, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

Register for this event at http://bit.ly/ada-31. The registration deadline is July 25. Although this is a virtual event, participation is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

ASL and CART services will be provided. Portions will be audio described. To request additional accommodations, contact Cindy Tarshish at 651-603-2015, 1-888-630-9793, MN Relay 711, or cindyt@mcil-mn.org. The deadline for accommodation requests is July 12.

Thanks to the ADA 31st Anniversary Planning Committee for their work and dedication in making this event possible.

Find more information at CelebrateADAMN.com and on Facebook at CelebrateADAMN.

PCA/Homemaking Opportunities

A+ Home Care provides Essential PCA and Homemaking Services throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area and Suburbs. We are accepting applications or resumes for both full time and part time PCA positions. Please fax (952-854-7842), email your resume to staffing@aplushomecare.org, or complete the Employment Inquiry form.

Office Closings

Following are the office closing dates for through December 2021:

  • Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 18, 2021 for Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 for President’s Day
  • Friday, April 2, 2021 for Good Friday
  • Monday, May 31, 2021 for Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 5, 2021 for Independence Day
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 for Labor Day
  • Thursday-Friday, November 25-26, 2021 for Thanksgiving
  • Thursday-Friday, December 23-24, 2021 for Christmas
  • Friday, January 31, 2021 for New Year’s Eve

ADA 30th Anniversary

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law 30 years ago today.  I was there with my mom and daughter and several PCAs on the White House lawn for the signing by President George Bush.

Ten years later my mom spoke at the 10-year celebration, calling the ADA a Civil Rights Act. Two days later she died. Fifty-one years after becoming quadriplegic from Polio, 16 years after living on a ventilator, 4 years after her stroke, she died in her own bed in her sleep, just like she had wanted.

Much has been changed in the last 30 years, but so much more still needs to be done for people with a disability to have the same opportunities as someone without a disability.  Let us not forget, anyone of us could be one car accident away from a brain injury or a wheelchair.

Count your blessings, embrace and treat ALL people with respect and dignity.

Donna Robb

Governor Walz ADA Anniversary Message


A+ Home Care’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, clients and communities.

We Celebrate 29th Anniversary of the ADA!

Friday July 26, 2019 was the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   It continues to be one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws that protects the rights of people with disabilities.

MN Governor Walz signed a proclamation stating, “Whereas: For 29 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has advanced the mission of breaking down both physical and social barriers that have historically excluded people with disabilities from full community
participation; and Whereas: As we celebrate the success of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we also use this as an occasion to recognize the societal barriers that still exist for many people with disabilities; and Whereas: Minnesotans must unite to fully realize the aspirations of the ADA and assure that our communities are physically and socially accessible to all; and Whereas: On the 29th anniversary of the ADA, as we celebrate the progress that has been made, we recognize that there is still work to do, and we reaffirm our commitment to accessibility, equality, and inclusion for all. “

Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the ADA!

Today is the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the first comprehensive law prohibiting discrimination based on a disability for the largest US minority. Leah Welch worked tirelessly to advance this civil rights movement. Leah, Donna and Deanna were present for the signing of this historic and landmark legislation, which has changed American society to be more accessible and inclusive. Twenty-five years later we are still working for the rights of our clients and all people with disabilities!

A+ Home Care Launches New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and logo, user friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about us, our history, employment opportunities and our services. The new design allows you to quickly find information based on your own choice rather than sifting through everything to decide what is of interest to you.

We’d like to highlight a few of our sections:

Clients:   Browse resource links (including DHS and PCA Training), download client forms (including time cards when you run out or Responsible Party Transfer forms), review the Payroll Calendar and submit an Address Change. Read More

Recognition of Excellence

We are initiating our Recognition of Excellence process to formally honor all employees (PCA’s, Homemakers, Qualified Professionals and Office Staff) that demonstrate outstanding performance in all areas of service.

We would also like to expand this recognition process to formally honor clients who positively impact their employees, including Qualified Professionals and Office Staff. Read More

Leah’s Legacy

“Leah was a truly special person. Her inspiring courage and powerful advocacy for people with disabilities leave a legacy of public service that will never be forgotten.” – Congressman Jim Ramstad

A+ Home Care will continue to keep Leah’s legacy alive by providing quality, compassionate Personal Care Assistant Services so that people with a disability will always have the freedom and integrity to choose where and how they live.