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MOHR impact
August 2019
Persistent effort proves transformative
A charismatic south metro man with autism is a bit of a legend at Chrestomathy, Inc, with a past laden with aggression. Other people have gotten hurt.

But staff didn’t give up on Aaron Lind, who came here right out of high school in 2001, explains Program Director Chris Pritchard at the nonprofit’s Dakota County site in Burnsville. Now in his late 30s, Lind is thriving in a community-based program, and at work.

What’s his secret, his outlet, his focus? Lind writes glowing letters with requests to companies on Fridays.

The idea, Pritchard said, fed the goal of motivating him to show up for work five days a week. “We don’t care if he burns the building down. On Friday afternoon, he can write a letter to anybody he wants,” said Pritchard. -more-
Aaron Lind, right, dictates a letter to Chrestomathy Supervisor Joe Plante for Mars candy. Be sure to read it here by scrolling down.
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Parent- 14(c): When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Results
From West Hartford, CT high school disability group blog
Why would a parent advocate for their disabled child to be paid less than minimum wage?
 
This seems crazy right? Shouldn’t parents be raising their kids up, fighting for equal pay?
 
But yet I find myself advocating to save a program that does just that- pays less than minimum wage. Here’s why
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MOHR and ARRM have created a useful template for city mayors or councils, county board members and other local officials to declare September 8 to 14 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in your community.

Would you take advantage of this, make the call and send the email to raise awareness for these important industry pros among us? Here are the templates in Word and PDF formats:



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Thank you so much for nominating employers
MOHR appreciates a good response from members who sent nominations for the Third Annual Outstanding Disability Employer Awards. Let the judging begin! Thanks to all who support this recognition and realize how crucial employers are to people with disabilities across the state.
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