MOHR impact
August 2021
Thriving employer partnership
A committed level of support, coupled with a close employer partnership led to an independent job with increasing responsibility for a woman who is nonverbal.

Pam Pritchard is in her 60s, and has been with Udac in Duluth since 1996. She worked in-center and more recently on a crew with EasyLiving, a property maintenance company started by military veteran Nick Retzlaff, who is its CEO. -more-
Federal judge: self-advocate's impact
Member news
Former refugee honored as outstanding leader

At 96, woman calls it a career at Polk County DAC

Range Center CFO retiring Facebook

Trillium Works honors job coach- Facebook

RCO artist John Baustian - 'What makes Minn. special' Facebook
Sands of Time . . . PossAbilities - Facebook

Hole-in-one caps off Winona ORC Golf Tournament - Winona Post

Winona DAC announces new executive director

Moving Forward: Improving financially, but will there be enough DSPs? By Michael Kraines - Facebook

Accessible Allies Lifeworks
Thriving in DSP career, direct care
When direct support professional Michelle Swenson first started work in day services 10 years ago, she was unsure and said she would have to get used to the job. "It didn't take long and I was like, 'Yeah, I love it here.'"

Meet Swenson, Carly Mauck, and her mother, Geri. Carly receives tailored day services in Apple Valley. Witness Swenson's passion for her work and satisfaction in helping people with disabilities to achieve their goals.

Swenson said it's been very rewarding to assist people with disabilities to achieve their goals and encourages others to apply for this work -watch-
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If you know, what is the situation with the Direct Support Professional workforce in your area?
there is a major shortage of workers
there is a slight shortage
providers are doing OK
they are doing well, with plenty of staff
MOHR seeks first-rate employers
To recognize the valuable role that organizations play in employing people with disabilities, the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) is seeking nominations for the Fifth Annual Outstanding Disability Employer Awards. 

Exceptional employers deserve public appreciation, and MOHR has an important statewide role to play in trumpeting the important impact they have on the individuals with disabilities members serve. Nominate today! Forms are in MS Word and PDF formats.

This year's theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October is "America's Recovery, Powered by Inclusion."
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All can support DSP Recognition Week September 12-18
September 12 to 18 is national Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, a time to recognize the unwavering commitment DSPs make to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, and improve the communities in which they live.

Whatever one's relationship to a DSP, as the employer, a client or client's family member, neighbor, friend or relative - there are many ways to appreciate their important work. Here are a few ideas:

  • Send a card and small gifts
  • Hold an event with lunch or dessert
  • Organize a virtual party and invite others to share their appreciation
  • Provide logo bearing clothes/items to highlight their service (order by Aug. 16)
  • Highlight DSPs on social media with details about their service
  • Write a letter to the editor to raise awareness of their valuable work

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Register for MOHR Fall Conference by August 14
Registration has opened for the in-person MOHR Fall Conference in Duluth, which runs September 16 to 17. The cost is $160 and space is limited. Register by August 14.

Promo code: 21MOHR

The event follows MOHR's Legislative Conference on September 15 at the same location.
In the NEWS
Disability Landscape featuring Nathan Barclay
Disability Channel Minnesota
Opinions: The Arc Minn. celebrates task force to phase out subminimum wage; Pay concerns can't be solved with a single option - Star Tribune

Opinion: It can coexist with other efforts - Star Tribune

August issue - Access Press

Minnesota's economic recovery in 8 charts - KELO Radio

'It is awesome' At St. Paul's Interact, artists with disabilities are excited to create together again - WCCO 4 TV

Maplewood disability advocate brings diversity to local government - FOX 9 TV

How a Walmart worker with Down syndrome - and her sister - fought and beat the giant retailer after getting fired - CNBC

What the EEOC's $125 million verdict against Walmart tells us - Forbes

'I don't want anyone to feel ashamed,' young Somali woman overcomes disability

Disability Pride Month kicks off with Mpls pride festival - WCCO 4 TV

BRT, Metro Mobility make gains in Minnesota state budget - Mass Transit

Ameriprise . . . named 'Best Place to Work on disability index - Business Wire

Zoomtopia brings together artists with disabilities - MPR

Senior Linkage Line and Disability Hub to hold virtual presentations
Owatonna People's Press (subscription)

Disabilities can be your super power - WCCO 4 TV
Helping navigate journey through state government services- MCD
Minnesota Council on Disability Commissioners' Roundtable
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