Use your voice
Achieve Services continues to face legislative actions that threaten the services we provide and could be harmful to our participants’ well-being. You are able to make a difference by actively contacting your elected officials to share your story and advocate for the people with disabilities in your life.
How can you help?
Contact your legislator
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Issues that directly impact us:
Competitive Wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS)
The DWRS also sets the wages and benefits we are able to offer the DSPs who provide care for participants while they are at Achieve. Increasing the DWRS rates ensure that we are able to remain fully staffed with qualified people and able to pay our DSPs a decent wage for the important work they do.
What you can say: "Help address our workforce crisis by increasing the DWRS rates!"
Threats to Center-Based Employment
Employment enables our participants to develop skills, make friends, increase their income, and improve their quality of life. Some participants cannot, or choose not to, engage in competitive, integrated employment. Participants with higher needs often choose to work in a safe, supportive environment at Achieve. We want to preserve participants’ choice to do center-based work, with wages based on productivity.
What you can say: "Do not eliminate the opportunity to engage in subminimum wage work!"
*Great news about 14c; Thank Legislators*
5-24-2023 Legislative Update: We are pleased to announce that the legislature adjourned WITHOUT taking action to eliminate 14c jobs. Thanks to the compelling input and stories from parents and families, and the heroic efforts of Sen. John Hoffman and Sen. Jim Abler, efforts to eliminate special minimum wage work failed. To everyone who called, wrote, or emailed your legislators on this issue: THANK YOU! Your voices were heard! Please see the A-Team piece below for more information, and we’d encourage you to follow-up and THANK your legislators for their support on this important issue. In the meantime, enjoy the VICTORY!
Urgent Action Alert 5/11/2023
Parents Meeting Materials 3/2023
- Parents Meeting Powerpoint (3/22/2023)
- A-Team Minnesota's Co-Founder, Sue Hanker's letter (3/2023)
- Tom Weaver's letter to Chair Hoffman & Committee Members (3/2023)
- Tom Weaver's letter to Chair Fischer & Committee Members (3/2023)
- Best Life Alliance letter about Rate Increases for DSP's
- Star Tribune Article, "Counterpoint: Some with disabilities would be harmed by minimum-wage changes proposed in MN"
- Article, "California law could backfire, hurting disabled workers"
- Article, "Seven years after the closure of his sheltered workshop, Mark Garrity is still waiting for something to replace it"
- What 14c Work Is and Why It Is Important to Keep Commensurate Wage Work (8/2022)
- Article in Access Press on 14c (7/2022)
- Tom Weaver's letter to Rep. Schultz about 14c (3/2022)
- Achieve's Informational Parents Presentation (9/2021)
- A-Team MN Critical Issues (9/2021)
- A-Team MN Action Ideas
- A-Team MN Monthly Zoom Meetings
- A-Team MN Sign Up Sheet
- A-Team USA Welcome Sheet
- 14c Family Letter (9/2021)
- MNFAC Advocacy Tips
- MNFAC Info Sheet (2/2020)
- MNFAC Resources
- Sample Advocacy Story
- MOHR 14c Position
- Best Life Alliance Legislative Priorities (2/2020)