Blog Posts from August 2018


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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...