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Guiding Principles

The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation is comprised of about 100 Adult Day, Day Training & Habilitation, Extended Employment, and Supported Employment Service provider members serving in excess of 26,000 Minnesotans with disabilities.  Members proudly offer a broad array of quality options to realize the work and life enrichment goals of the people who have chosen these services.

This continuum of services helps to assure that each individual has options to pursue the highest quality of life possible.  To that end, MOHR members are committed to the following core principles:

Respect for the Individual: Providers respect that individuals in programs are all unique, each with specific wants, needs, and dreams. Members honor each individual’s right to determine for themselves what programs and services are life-enriching. Accordingly, each is committed to providing a broad range of service options to ensure that individuals can choose what is best suited to their own unique needs.

Person-Centered Planning: MOHR believes and practices person-centered planning, and honors the informed choices of each individual. Informed choice is only meaningful if the individual has a variety of service options from which to choose. While strongly supporting informed choice, MOHR members are opposed to forced choices that are based on inaccurate or biased information, or as the result of reduced funding for the individual’s preferred option.

People First Language: MOHR believes that the words used do make a difference and is dedicated to using, supporting and promoting People First Language. The person is not defined by a particular disability, but is, instead, someone who has a disability.  MOHR and the self-advocate community are dedicated to changing the dialog, enlightening the public and helping to facilitate real change in the regular language used in connection to people with disabilities.

Expansion of Opportunities: Members believe in providing more, not less, service options to meet individual preferences. While new opportunities should always be considered, existing services that are clearly meeting needs should remain available. Specifically, MOHR members support:

•    Identifying and creating new opportunities for competitive employment in the general workforce;
•    Commensurate or special minimum wage rates as a viable option, insofar as they are a reasonable accommodation that allows for meaningful work opportunities that would not otherwise exist;
•    Mobile crew and center-based work, and training programs as options without additional restrictions;
•    Adequate funding to ensure that a broad array or continuum of meaningful service options continues to be available to individuals.

Intentional Communities: MOHR supports the Olmstead decision, and its mandate to provide services in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of each individual. Members also support Olmstead’s recognition that individual choices are at the center of decision making.  Integration can take on many forms, and should not be limited to the “one size fits all” approach that’s advocated by some.  Members believe that individuals with disabilities have the right to choose to live, learn, work and play among those with or without disabilities- and to enjoy a range of community-based options.

Competitive Market System: Inherent in person-centered planning is the ability to self-direct funds to the programs that are best suited to meet individual needs. Such a construct helps to ensure an efficient use of resources.  In a competitive market, desired services tend to be created, expanded and maintained, without interference from regulatory organizations and policymakers, while underutilized services tend to be reduced or phased out.