The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - To Advocate and support members in providing meaningful services to persons with disabilities and communities served.
MOHR impact
March 2019
Careful listening turns attitude around
Direct Support Professional Kaye Johnson proves that listening and asking individuals to identify their preferences can change a participant’s outlook and renew one’s motivation for work.

Johnson provides direct support to individuals working in the Abilities Enterprises division of Ability Building Center (ABC) in Rochester. ABC is a member of MOHR.

Participant Jay Kirgis was in the Navy before he came to ABC. He had few work opportunities after his military discharge. A case of undiagnosed Huntington’s disease, and its breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, had led some employers to believe he was intoxicated. -more-
Calling all DSP, Tip of the Spear entries
Direct Support Professionals are the lifeblood of MOHR's member organizations, and we want to find examples of the best. The call for DSP Award submissions has been made. Will you respond? Who is worthy and deserving? Please think it through and send your entries by March 29.

MOHR also presents one Tip of the Spear Award to an individual who has done something impactful that inspires others to take action benefiting people with disabilities. -more-
Plan to attend Spring Conference May 16-17
There's lots to learn and much fun and fanfare planned for the MOHR Spring Conference, May 16 and 17 in St. Cloud.

Training topics include:
  • Communication strategies for persons with Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Using social media to enhance your business
  • How to fill out an application for service intensity adjustment
  • Person Centered Planning (Star Services)
  • Autism Training
  • Avoiding Power Struggles
Our featured speakers include representatives from Star Services, Minnesota Nonprofits, MAPS and more.

The event at the Holiday Inn & Suites runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 17. Cost is $150 and registration details coming soon.
Minnesota dog treats bakery with disability focus expands . . . Fox 9

Walmart is getting rid of greeters; disabled workers worried | Disabled workers accept new roles

Two longtime disability nonprofits announce merger - Access Press (full issue)

'Unified' on the court - Sun Patriot News

App 'bridging communications gap' for first responders, people with disabilities - PoliceOne

Minnesota Moment: 'Kids Abilities' clinic offers dance class, recital to kids with disabilities - KSTP
To the Capitol we go!
Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. is our time to shine at the Capitol, a day to bring our concerns to legislators and support services for people with disabilities!

The "Best Life Alliance" and others have introduced bills to address the competitive workforce crisis and other items of importance. Are you joining us?

Be sure to pick up your sign and fill in your items of importance with a bold marker. Look for the large sign in the Rotunda with "Who will . . ." on it.

Also, please, save, share and print these documents to bring on rally day:

And, send us your photos with your legislators to share with media.
Individual signs from participants for Capitol event
Check out these personalized examples from Rock County Opportunities. Thanks to Elizabeth Schear for sharing them.
Thanks for Life Enrichment Award submissions
MOHR's Second Annual Life Enrichment Awards have entered the next phase, judging. Thanks to all of our entrants. It's exciting to learn more.
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