MOHR impact
September 2020
Capitol hears and responds this time, says Sen. Abeler
The third time’s a charm, said Minnesota State Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), ringleader of an extended battle for emergency funds to sustain disability services through the COVID-19 era.

After shepherding bills through the Senate three times, he finally got his wish in the August special session. The Senate voted unanimously, and the House passed the bill with only one nay vote. Soon after, Governor Tim Walz signed it, allocating $30.4 million in federal relief funds.

“This became about the clients,” said Sen. Abeler, who with a “supporting cast of characters,” in the Senate passed the bills 67-0 on the Senate floor, again and again, waiting for the House to take up the measure so it could go to the governor for his signature.-more-
Read on for comments from Rise and MOHR government affairs leader Lynn Noren
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Share your Outstanding Disability Employers with us
Employers give people a chance, an opportunity to succeed, to earn income and to be a part of something productive.

Hundreds of organizations across the state have found needed help from people with disabilities, and MOHR wants to recognize some of the best.

Nominations are needed. The form is simple. Employers need a connection with a MOHR member service provider.

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Please send nominations by Sept. 14
Life Enrichment Awards
Four Duluth area stations turned out for MOHR's Life Enrichment Award presentation to CHOICE, unlimited's BOLD-choice Theatre Company.
The group of 24 actors creates original productions and performs on tours for schools and other organizations. Theater creates learning experiences that shape how participants engage with the world around them, explains CHOICE, unlimited Executive Director Kristie Buchman. “BOLD-choice Theater members become leaders and audiences look up to their work."
Legislative conference gathers online
MOHR members met virtually for the annual Legislative Retreat on August 27 to cover a number of issues. With informative speakers, policy updates and strategy sessions, the event is highly beneficial to disability services across the state.
In the NEWS
Mille Lacs County DAC faces possible closure - Mille Lacs Messenger

Don't expect much to get done

Hubbard County DAC meets with U.S. Rep Stauber

DAC closes Headwaters Adult Day Services

Organizations that help people with disabilities hit hard

Services Enterprises, Inc. seeing ups and downs of coronavirus

Le Sueur County Developmental Services shuts down permanently
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Mail in ballot initiative to help individuals with voting
The Advocating Change Together self-advocacy group is offering its "Mail Your Vote 2020" resources to encourage people with disabilities to vote in the upcoming election. There are virtual training sessions to both participate in and lead. Visit vote.selfadvocacy.org to learn more and please view and share the flier.
The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - To Advocate and support members in providing meaningful services to persons with disabilities and communities served.