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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...

Join us at Ability Bash - Party with a Purpose!

You're invited to MDI's Ability Bash III, Party with a Purpose!

At MDI we focus on abilities and strengths - and it pays off. Help us empower people with disabilities by providing career services: identifying skills and interests, job training, and placement at MDI or in the community.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Venue: 317 on Rice Park...

Youth Transition Pilot Program: First Year a Success

Several local organizations have come together to successfully launch Life Skills Academy, a pilot program for youth ages 18-21 with a documented disability.  The four-week college level residential program at Itasca Community College helped students learn emotional and social development, how to identify and set goals, explore careers, build positive social skills, and learn independent living.   

Developed by local school...

Businesses turn to underused labor pool: people with disabilities

When Glynis Harvey and Mark Cagley opened Hidden ­Manna Cafe four years ago, the couple did not set out to hire people with disabilities.

But then a social service agency asked: Might the Matteson restaurant employ a woman with cerebral palsy? How about a man with mild blindness? A customer asked for an application for her sister, who has an intellectual disability.

Harvey and Cagley were good people to ask. They have twin sons...

Twin Cities Business Features MDI & St. Thomas Study Identifying Hiring Bias Against Individuals with Disabilities

A new study released by University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and local nonprofit manufacturing company MDI confirms what most of us probably suspect: individuals with disabilities face implicit bias when it comes to trying to enter the workforce.  
“Companies seem to have a tough time figuring out how to work with people with disabilities,” says Peter...