MOHR impact
December 2019
State rep takes on job realities as DSP
Above: Rep. Joe Schomacker assists Janet Sandbulte at RCO in Luverne - Photo courtesy of The Globe. Below, the legislator heats up lunch for Chris Anderson - Photo: Rock County Star Herald.
A state lawmaker gained frontline experience recently with personal care and transport assistance as a direct support professional for people with disabilities.

The legislator is Rep. Joe Schomacker-R, Luverne. The setting was Rock County Opportunities, a small southwest Minnesota hometown nonprofit in the 30-minute shadow of booming Sioux Falls, S.D. It serves 45 people with disabilities on weekdays.

Rep. Schomacker has been an advocate for RCO and similar service providers at the State Capitol.

“At some point it’s kind of a ‘put up or shut up issue,’” he said. “How do you advocate effectively if you can’t take some time to see what they actually experience at the end of the day?”

The idea stemmed from a November 2019 experience with Governor Tim Walz, who served as a personal care attendant for a day with a residential provider. -more-
Time again for legislator visits
January is a good time to invite legislators out for program visits, and to keep important issues fresh in their minds. Find your legislators here.
Rep. Ami Wazlawik-D, White Bear Lake, second from right, visited Merrick, Inc. in Vadnais Heights at the end of 2018.
MOHR Life Enrichment Award entries sought
Individual lives are made through meaningful services and MOHR is looking for some excellent examples for its Third Annual Life Enrichment Awards. Most anyone can nominate a MOHR member for this non-vocational recognition and member partners are also highlighted. Please send your nominations by February 28, 2020. View the 2019 winners.
Radio listeners learn about autism
Mr. Aaron Lind at Chrestomathy in Burnsville was first featured in MOHR impact.
Save the date for Day at the Capitol
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Thriving on special minimum wage? Tell us.
Few, if any, in the mainstream are talking about special minimum wage (14c) as a valued option that people with disabilities can choose. MOHR wants to tell those stories. Can you help?

Do you know of individuals with disabilities:

  • Who had not previously worked until the special minimum wage option was made available.
  • Who used this option as preparation to get hired directly.
  • Who could possibly work as a direct hire but have decided that this option is the best fit right now.

Please email your special minimum wage stories to Aaron .
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