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Transforming our workforce by making it more accessible

Back in 2000, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed our business community in order to understand what challenges they were facing. We heard overwhelmingly that organizations and businesses were struggling to find people with the correct skill sets to fill available jobs – skills that did not require a four-year degree, but rather technical, vocational skills. As the president and...

Recognizing the contributions of workers with disabilities

My name is Steve Reinardy, and I was born with Familial Muscular Dystrophy and a stuttering defect – but that’s not how I define myself. I’ve always been motivated to learn and have a strong desire to succeed. Through hard work and getting the support I needed, I graduated from Hastings High School with a 3.7 GPA in 1990. Despite my successes in school, my adult life has been challenging because it’s hard for a person with disabilities to get a job...

Ability Bash Results Are In!

Thanks to all the sponsors, committee members, staff, and donors for making MDI's 3rd annual Ability Bash a smashing success!

78 New Donors
49 New In-Kind Donors
1 New Sponsor
...and together we raised $89,515!

Your support helped advanced the career opportunities for people with disabilities. It was a very special night....

31 Featured in Support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and MDI will be featuring 31 individuals, one each day, in support.  All featured individuals play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U....

Recognizing National Direct Support Professional Week

MDI recognizes National Direct Support Professional Week September 9th - 15th.
Staff members are crucial to supporting people with disabilities in the community.   To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to the lives of people with disabilities, MDI in the communities of Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Minneapolis, along with the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and...