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Polar Plunge

2017 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge events are organized by Minnesota law enforcement and benefit the more than 8,200 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. There are more than 20 Polar Plunge events happening across the state of Minnesota from now through March.

To learn more, donate or register for a Plunge near you, visit!

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Focus On Ability: Overcoming The Workforce Shortage

Manufacturing managers of the 1950s grappled with some of the same challenges and prejudices their modern-day counterparts face: the need for productive, reliable workers coupled with a reluctance to hire people with disabilities.

According to research from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2 million manufacturing jobs are likely to go unfilled over the next decade. Tapping into the myriad abilities of...

DEED Awards Grants to Assist Minnesotans With Disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced more than $500,000 in grants to provide innovative employment options to advance community integration for people with disabilities.

The grants are a result of an RFP issued by DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services program to Day Training and Habilitation providers....

Northland Foundations Awards MDI $10,000 Grant

The Northland Foundation has awarded MDI a $10,000 grant to design a training program for their integrated workforce, Work Skills 101. This pilot program will provide an opportunity for MDI employees to grow both professionally and personally. The program will be delivered in an integrated setting in which employees with and without disabilities will learn side-by-...

Itasca Driftskippers Annual Christmas Party

Below zero temperature on December 15th couldn't keep a group of local men and women (including MDI employees Brandy Erven and Diane Meyer) from putting huge smiles on the faces of close to 100 kids in Itasca County.

For the past 47 years The Driftskippers have held an annual Christmas party for local children with disabilities. Volunteers spent the day giving snowmobile rides or pull kids behind them on...

IndustryWeek features MDI for Employing People with Disabilities

This Manufacturer Is Creating Opportunities for Disabled Workers. You Can, Too

Almost 70 years ago, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged employers to offer “equality of opportunity” for disabled and older workers and recognize that “ability … should be the sole job test.”

Sadly, we haven’t come...