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Ongoing Messages Re Coronavirus (COVID-19): We’re Committed to our Employees, Customers and Communities

Ongoing COVID-19 updates from MDI. 

4/6/2020
Employee meetings were held at each location. MDI will continue to hold employee meetings every Monday, and will frequently provide updated communications. Today's meeting included information about the COVID-19 Recovery Plan and what will be done if an employee has a positive test.  MDI is continuing to operate its four facilities in...

Expanding the diversity and inclusion conversation: Don’t overlook people with disabilities

When we look around our organizations, it can be easy to see diversity (or lack thereof) reflected at us. But what are business leaders looking for when it comes to diversity? Most only picture a workforce spanning ages, genders and races while an important group is often overlooked. People with disabilities are frequently left out of the diversity and inclusion conversation, and we have the employment statistics to prove it.

According to...

MDI installs new doors to provide easier access to employees, nearly half of which are individuals with disabilities

Nonprofit manufacturer MDI recently installed new doors at all four of its facilities in Minneapolis, Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Cohasset, thanks in large part to private donors. While a seemingly small change, the new doors represent a continued commitment to create an inclusive workplace environment that allows people with disabilities to fully integrate and work beside their colleagues. The new doors are ADA-compliant and slide open on a sensor...

Work Experience, Specialized Services Are Key to Reducing Unemployment Among People with Disabilities

American universities dedicate millions of dollars each year to disability services, ensuring students have access to the accommodations they need to succeed on a level playing field with their peers without disabilities.

But does the relatively safe haven of higher education set students with disabilities up for failure when they graduate into the workforce, where accommodations might not be as plentiful beyond what the law requires?...

When discussing diversity and inclusion, include people with disabilities

Minnesota has come a long way when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We’ve learned that our differences are assets, and diversity of thought, experience and identity translates into meaningful work, success and growth, no matter the industry. Companies and their leaders have made commitments to diversity and inclusion, setting goals and benchmarks for success – but most of those commitments are missing a huge piece of the puzzle....

MDI recognizes National Direct Support Professional Week September 8 to 14

To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to the lives of people with disabilities, MDI and the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) are supporting Direct Support Professional Recognition (DSP) Week, September 8 to 14.

MDI, who is part of the MOHR group, offers an inclusive, integrated work environment where all employees with and without disabilities work together...

MDI Wins United Way Pancake Cook Off

Congrats to team MDI who took home first place in the United Way 1000 Lakes Lumberjack Pancake Cook Off on Saturday, September 7. Event proceeds make a difference in our local community.

United Way works to advance the common good focusing on the critical needs of our communities. They focus upon education, health and income - the...

FOX 9’s Courtney Godfrey to Emcee 2019 Ability Bash

We are excited to announce this year's Ability Bash celebrity emcee, Courtney Godfrey! As a FOX 9 reporter and disability advocate, Courtney will guide us through our evening on September 19 as we raise money and provide purpose for people with disabilities through meaningful employment.

Courtney lost her lower leg in a boating accident in 2017. Since then, she has devoted her passion and energy to telling the stories of...

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