MOHR impact
September 2021
Thriving in DSP career, her calling satisfied
Julie Lindblom, a direct support professional with MRCI in Mankato has an infectious passion for the field that’s unmistakable. She started serving individuals with disabilities at age 50.

Sensing the call to the field, Lindblom has a knack for sharing it and welcoming others into the fold.

She worked in a center-based operation in Mankato before the COVID-19 disruption, but now travels around the community each day with a core group of four individuals. Lindblom knows them well.
Pouring on recognition for DSP Week
What are disability service providers around the state doing to appreciate staff during Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week? Check our our reports from six of them. -more-

Also in DSP-related news, Daniel Hedstrom, a DSP with MSS, was one of 13 winners for the 2021 DSP Awards given by MITC. There were 684 nominations and three of the winners are from Minnesota. Prize dollars totaled $5,000. Learn about Daniel and the awards.
Market forces impacting job help
Hundreds if not thousands of help wanted signs around Minnesota and bubbling up online could be a job options boon for people with disabilities, but there’s one underlying problem, staff support to get and keep them there.

In the Twin Cities exurbs of Princeton and Milaca, disability job coaches are at their limit with community employment sites, and there’s an ongoing waiting list of people looking for work, explains Rod Peltoma, executive director of Mille Lacs County Area DAC.

“We have needed to turn down work because we do not have enough resources to meet the need. Finding staff is our biggest challenge.”

Photo: Productive Alternatives supporting clients at a community job site.
Thanks for employer award entries
MOHR will soon begin the judging process for the Fifth Annual Outstanding Disability Employer Awards. It is members and their partners who make this possible. Thank you all for your participation and let's pave the way for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. The 2021 theme is "America's Recovery, Powered by Inclusion."
Graphic: Partnership Resources
MOHR gatherings inform, inspire, build up in Duluth
The 2021 MOHR Legislative Retreat and Annual Conference each brought together dozens of people in Duluth for many updates and training sessions.

Turnout was significant, with more than 120 at the annual conference, the larger of the two gatherings.

Smiles, good counsel and camaraderie abounded as disability staff and leaders from across the state gathered in person for the first time in two years.

MOHR appreciates its sponsors who helped defray the cost of this year’s events: Agency Workforce Management, Applied Business Services (ABS), Cashe Software, MITC, Mutual of America Financial Group and The Arc Northland.
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Walz declares Disability Employment Awareness Month
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The designation stems from the Department of Labor's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year's theme is "America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion."
Member news
Automotive Parts Headquarters raises $305,000 for adults with disabilities - Aftermarket News

Former refugee honored as outstanding leader
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In the NEWS
High court urged to keep allowing disability bias cases against public programs

Fraser develops calming cabin at State Fair - WCCO 4 News

Milkweed Editions announces disability-focused literary series - Publishers Weekly

Paralympics open in empty stadium- just like Olympics - MPR News

Secure caregiving system for most-at-risk - Star Tribune

Minnesota twins raise $3M to increase accessibility to disability care - Yahoo! news

MN Council on Disability Boycotts State Fair over lack of mandates for masks, vaccines - WCCO 4 News

Minnesota DEED provides grants for youth workforce programs - Bemidji Pioneer (subscription)

Honoring Colleen Fraser, advocate - Flight 93 - Legacy.com

'Active Living is good living': Eric Larson connects people with disabilities to recreation- Duluth News Tribune (subscription)

Congress mulls ending federal program that OKs sub-minimum wages for workers with disabilities - Youth Today

Mpls. child with a disability gets ramp installed in house, meets mayor - WCCO 4 News

Black Hills Works aims to make a difference by supporting adults with disabilities - Kelo News
Disability:IN Minnesota promotes jobs, taps employers
Some MOHR members have joined with large Minnesota businesses to improve work options for individuals with disabilities. Also view latest newsletter.
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