MOHR impact
November 2020
Outstanding employers shine, providers help
They come from the healthcare, childcare, foodservice and grocery, manufacturing and retail sectors. Minnesota's Outstanding Disability Employers chosen by MOHR have opened doors for people to pursue their goals, earn good wages and contribute to their local economies and communities, said MOHR President Julie Johnson. Let's celebrate them and pave the way for others to find the dignity and satisfaction that comes through work. -watch-
In world of division, disabilities transcend partisanship
With election day behind us and some results still being tabulated, I’m reflecting on the nonpartisan nature of our cause of supporting people with disabilities.

So many issues have become increasingly polarizing in our country, but we continually find strong supporters for what we do on both sides of the aisle.

I think one of the reasons for this is that our legislators understand that a large part of our work centers around ensuring people with disabilities are included in the wider community. When people from all walks of life are included – in the workforce, in schools, in places of worship, in community events – it makes our entire society better. -more-
Member NEWS
DAC of Aitkin County thanks Rep. Lueck for supporting relief with custom flag
The DAC of Aitkin County was excited to present Rep. Dale Lueck with a wooden U.S. flag made by DAC workers as an appreciation of thanks.

Rep. Lueck was instrumental in helping pass a bill that will give some financial relief to disability employment and life enrichment service providers across Minnesota. After a long battle, during the third special session, the State Legislature passed a $30 million financial relief package for providers that were ordered to shut down from late March through May, due to COVID-19.

Disability support providers are a pay-for-service profession, said DAC Executive Director Tammy Jo Johnson. The shut down left most with no revenue to support basic expenditures during the period. Even today, with Department of Human Services restrictions, she said providers are still stretched to make ends meet. Throughout the state of Minnesota, over 100 providers are supporting and encouraging over 26,000 individuals with disabilities. Without them, people would no longer have the support structure that enables them to lead purposeful and enriched lives, said Johnson. "The DAC is thankful to have the support of our local community and Dale’s commitment to keeping disability services strong," she said.
Get to know candidates, watch and stay connected to winners
MOHR and ARRM held six candidate forums prior to the election to learn about the backgrounds of each and their areas of interest. Even post-election, it's helpful to get to know your legislators at a deeper level. Click below to watch.

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Lindsey Port took part in a MOHR/ARRM candidate forum and was elected to the House of Representatives for District 56- Burnsville.
In the NEWS
Duluth Target named Outstanding Employer ...

Glenn Minnetonka food service recognized as outstanding disability employer

Letter: Respect COVID restrictions for people with disabilities - Mankato Free Press

Survey finds Minneapolis & St. Paul rank among the best cities for people with disabilities - WCCO 4 News

Kandiyohi County recommends state increase WCI capacity as Kandi Works closes, also supports new service provider - West Central Tribune

'Conor's Corner' radio show celebrates 1-year anniversary - WCCO 4 News

Child care center in St. Louis Park wins hiring award

State's outstanding disability employers are commended for their efforts

MOHR presents award to Lunds & Byerlys, which partners with Opportunity Partners

Together we stand, celebrating Freedom Resource Center - Inforum

DNR welcomes people with disabilities at wildlife management areas

Amid pandemic, disability service provider makes fundamental shift in operations

Home care providers and clients rally for support from Minnesota legislators

Wadena County DAC, Falls DAC, Cedar Valley Services, Rock County Opportunities recognize DSP Week

'Humble heroes': Frontline workers for people with disabilities get the spotlight

Company turns dog treats into jobs, futures for young people with special needs Disability Scoop (Star Tribune)
MOHR's national association, ANCOR, is requesting DSP of the Year nominations for Minnesota. They need to know about exemplary stand-outs who go above and beyond to provide excellent service in the profession. Nominations are due by November 30.
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