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Advocate for disabled workers is 2017 CNN Hero of the Year

(CNN) — "My children are not broken," Amy Wright insists.

Most parents don't have to declare their children's fundamental value, but after two of 2017 CNN Hero of the Year Amy Wright's kids were born with Down syndrome, it was clear that she would have to back them up every step of the way.

"When you become a parent of a...

Board of Directors Service Awards

At the November 30 Board of Directors meeting, Keith Olson, board chair, presented awards to two retiring board members; Rick Harding and Len Rothlisberger, in honor of their years of service to the MDI Board of Directors. Both served from 2010 to 2017.

Rick was board chair from 2014 to 2015. He will continue as member of the finance & audit committee and the business...

MDI - Finalist In Community Impact Award

MDI has been named a finalist in the 2018 Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards for Social Enterprise work.

The Community Impact Award honors businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. The "Social Enterprise" category recognizes...

MDI Elects Two New Board Members

MDI, a Minnesota-based nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to serve people with and without disabilities by offering inclusive employment opportunities and services, elected two new board members – Rhonda Graves, Retired 3M Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Talent Acquisition, and Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. Grave’s experience increases the organizations’ inclusion and diversity knowledge,...

Work Skills 101 Minneapolis Celebration

Research conducted by the Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Melon Foundation, found that 75% of long-term job success depends on ‘people skills’ or ‘soft skills’, while only 25% on technical knowledge. Understanding the importance of these skills and how they contribute to regional workforce development has led MDI to pioneer Work Skills 101.


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A Stroke Won't Keep Him Down

Korey was a healthy, young man, just 23 years old when he suffered a major stroke. He spent five months between the hospital and rehab center to regain movement in his back. He was then discharged and moved in with his sister for a year. Korey wanted to work; he wanted to support himself and to be independent again. He found a job washing dishes at a small café, and later...

Week 4: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to businesses.

Rather than be defined by their disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles -- which includes working at a job they love. MDI creates self-sufficiency by providing meaningful work in an inclusive environment, with nearly half of the...