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In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities

On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production line.

From there, her co-workers fold the sheets and then carefully place them under sonic welding machines to form corrugated plastic mail trays that will eventually go to the United States Postal Service....

Groups Sue To Halt Damaging Cuts To Disability Services Individuals and provider advocacy organizations argue state must uphold current rates

Below is a press release published by ARRM and MOHR distributed June 12, 2018. Full release can be found here

Groups Sue To Halt Damaging Cuts To Disability Services
Individuals and provider advocacy organizations argue state must uphold current rates

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Grand Rapids Pints with a Purpose

Be part of a fun night raising money for fulfilling jobs for people with disabilities.

MDI transforms the lives of people with disabilities by providing fulfilling job opportunities and training. A career at MDI gives people with disabilities the chance to think differently about themselves, to see themselves as competent and successful. Come support their success at Pints with a Purpose!

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Cheers to Pints with a Purpose

Pints with a Purpose, a MDI fundraising event, took place on a beautiful spring night bringing in over 90 guests. Attendees enjoyed Urban Growler beer and tacos, all with a purpose - career advancement for people with disabilities.  

Thank you to all who attended and supported MDI's first Pints with a Purpose! We hope you enjoy these...

Twin Cities to Host Open House

Join us and see how the products and services offered directly impact the lives of people with disabilities.

For over 50 years, non-profit MDI has created self-sufficiency by providing meaningful employment in an inclusive environment with nearly half of the employees people with disabilities. Hear from employees and see how our unique model is making a difference in the community.

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Pints with a Purpose

Be part of a fun night raising money for fulfilling jobs for people with disabilities.

MDI transforms the lives of people with disabilities by providing fulfilling job opportunities and training. A career at MDI gives people with disabilities the chance to think differently about themselves, to see themselves as competent and successful. Come support their success at Pints with a Purpose!

When:...

MDI Employee Puts CPR Skills To the Test

It was a typical Friday for Noah Patton, job coaching a fellow MDI employee at a Grand Rapids restaurant, until he saw an elderly woman choking in a nearby booth.

“I turned around and saw the woman hunched over struggling to breathe. As somebody said ‘she’s choking’ her head started to slowly fall as she stopped trying to cough.” Patton recalled.  “I just ran over and performed the Heimlich and hoped for the best.”

Patton’s...

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