Sarah McKenzie

Affirmative actions

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John Rischmiller, self-advocate

When John Rischmiller gets discouraged, he looks to the affirmations he wrote down years ago, framed by multicolored threads of yarn and lining the walls in his apartment -- "Trust yourself. You know what you want and need." They serve as his compass.

John made his first such poster at a group home in Golden Valley shortly after he joined Arc Hennepin-Carver, an advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities. It hangs in his bathroom and reads: "Be not afraid, Arc is my home."

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