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Real Work Experience for Students with Disabilities

Valuable yet Hard to Find

Remember how excited you were when you got your very first job as a kid and started earning your own money?
Employment opportunities for students with disabilities are not always easy to find and don’t always go smoothly because the employer may not have an understanding of how to work with someone with a disability or it may not be a good job match.

MDI, a social enterprise, offers a solution for students...

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Your $10 a Month at Work

With a monthly donation of just $10 you can provide four hours of job coaching for employees with disabilities.

At MDI employees with and without disabilities work side-by-side, manufacturing plastic containers for business-to-business customers. Employees with and without disabilities have mastered a variety of manufacturing machinery.

Our founder, John DuRand, wrote in his book...

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Social Enterprise Alliance: Twin Cities Profile

MDI is a manufacturing organization that provides standard and custom packaging solutions, production services, and environmental services for business-to-business customers. We manufacture corrugated plastic products; a wide variety of totes, trays, boxes rolls and sheets of plastic, used by distribution and warehouse centers, retail, manufacturing and agriculture businesses all over the country. MDI provides production services such as kitting,...

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“Stomp on Stigma”

4th Annual “Stomp on Stigma” 5K To Support National Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 7th, a few MDI employees participated in the annual “Stomp on Stigma!” This 5K event began at 9:30 at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids, with everyone being encouraged to come and have a great time.

Proceeds benefited the...

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A Harsh Economy

People with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without a disability.

    The poverty rate for working-age adults with disabilities is 3X that of individuals without disabilities. Nearly 28% of working-age adults with a disability were living below the poverty line in 2011, double the percentage for other workers. Nearly half of all working-age adults in poverty have a disability. Household income for individuals...

MDI Shout out: Thank you, Otto Bremer Foundation!

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, MDI was able to purchase a much-needed piece of manufacturing machinery. Here’s Beth, one of the MDI team leads, with the BEL erector and sealer. It’s super user-friendly, so several employees with and without disabilities are able to run it with tremendous efficiency, making the forming, packing and...

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Employment Outcome Report

Employment planning services are designed to assist a person seeking employment to learn about employment opportunities within the community and to make informed decisions. Employment planning services are individualized to assist a person to choose employment outcomes and/or career development opportunities based on his or her preferences, strengths, abilities, and needs. Services begin from a presumption of employability for all persons and seek to...