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Media Forum

13. Getting the Stories to the News

[Bonnie Jean Smith – Council Member] My name is Bonnie Jean Smith. I'm a member of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

I'm also a member of the Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Monitoring and Technical Review team for the nation.

They call it MTARS. Now we know why the government has acronyms.

I'm also the parent of four young adults now, two that learn on the autism spectrum, but I'm not here to talk just about them.

I'm talking about developmental disabilities and the juvenile justice system. How would you handle a story? How would you want us to get it to you? Because I have all the data, all the everything, okay? So how would you want that story? We've got it all – everything: data, numbers…

And there's a lot of young people with developmental disabilities.

[Ruben Rosario – Pioneer Press] Send it to me, baby…

[laughter]

[Bonnie Jean Smith – Council Member] Okay, okay.

[Ruben Rosario] We're only as good as information we get.

[Bonnie Jean Smith] Okay. Thank you.

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